Friday challenge: Commit yourself to action

Action without planning can lead to failure. But it can also lead to achieving something great. Planning without action leads to nothing. With this in mind, action is the real magic to achievement. Yes, consistent and predictable achievement includes good planning. But the action part of the equation is essential. Too many people are stuck … Continued

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On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? Changing jobs is a very stressful time for anyone, especially if you are in between jobs and don’t yet have the next one lined up. Periodically, we all … Continued

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On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? Finding new musical acts to follow was a real chore in the past. With services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora today it’s so much easier. The apps … Continued