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The loss of a job in these tumultuous economic times can be pretty scary. As of today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number
of unemployed persons is 13.6 million. While being let go from your job can be scary it can also be an opportunity to reinvent yourself and motivate you to finally do what you’ve always wanted to do. Being laid off could be your golden opportunity to change your life for the better.

But how do you move past the feelings of devastation and take advantage of the situation?

Use these strategies to emotionally deal with your lay-off and…


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Maybe you want to start your own business or spend your days traveling around the world, but instead you’re spending your weeks sitting in a cubicle or chauffeuring your kids from one activity to the next.

There’s no need to envy those risk-takers who drop it all to pursue their wildest dreams. Plenty of adults juggle family and business responsibilities while they write their novel at night or complete their MBA online. I’m one of them. I wrote my award winning self-help book, Live On Purpose, while working my corporate day job.

Whether you take the fast track or a slower route, you can still live out your dreams. …


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When you engage in active planning, you’re highly likely to be more successful in life. You know what you want and how you intend to get it.

Maybe you already have your life all planned out. Maybe you don’t. Either way, these tips will help you devise or tweak your Life Plan so you can move forward toward realizing the joy and fulfillment you deserve.

Take some time to answer the following questions about what you most desire. Who knows, you may have a detailed Life Plan before the week is done!

1. What are your dreams? Allow yourself some “dream” time to clarify to yourself what you really want. Be as over-the-top as you like. …


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Leadership

Generally speaking, a leader is someone who motivates others to act toward achieving a common goal. A leader is able to rally people around a cause and move them to take action toward achieving a particular objective.

A good leader inspires people to do something bigger than themselves. To work together to accomplish key objectives. To pool their strengths and resources to achieve great things. A good leader helps their team members become the absolute best version of themselves. Below are 7 high level characteristics that great leaders embody.

Vision. An effective leader has a clear vision of where they want to go and how they’re going to get there. They understand where they currently are and are crystal clear on what it’s going to take for them to get to where they want to be. The leader must be able to communicate this vision clearly to his team. …


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The only thing we are guaranteed in life is death and yet when it comes and steals our loved ones, tragically and unexpectedly, it’s something one is never prepared for. I was sitting in the dining room in the home of a friend when we heard the news about Kobe Bryant. When I first read the news on social media, a part of me thought it was one of those fake memes people post about a celebrity dying. …


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The biggest challenge in life is staying on course when you’re feeling that irresistible urge to stop. It’s so easy to give up or move on to our next idea when we feel that we aren’t succeeding at what we’re currently doing. Success takes time, often years before we truly start to see the fruits of all our commitment and hard work.

With the flexibility and reach of the internet, social media has made it easy for many to leverage and monetize their skills as entrepreneurs and side hustlers. Yet, many give up before ever reaching any real success. Often times changing direction or seeking to pursue other endeavors instead of giving our all to what we initially started. …


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The first time I remember experiencing death I was three years old. My uncle Louie lay in a casket at the Ortiz Funeral Home wearing a light colored suit; it could’ve been white, beige maybe. His afro was neatly picked and in my three year old mind he appeared to be sleeping peacefully. That’s the thing about death, to the deceased it is peaceful, and to the ones left behind it’s anything but. …


Ok, so now that I have your attention you must be wondering how I can possibly think that there is anything great in being rejected. Rejection is one of those things we all experience at some point in our lives. It enhances our determination and wholehearted dedication to achieving our goals. In short, it makes you step your game up.

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The truth is even though rejection doesn’t feel good when we are in the throes of it, sometimes small setbacks are really blessings in disguise. The fact is that some of the worst experiences in our lives are blessings that change the trajectory of our lives for the better. …


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If you’re anything like me, you may have started off the year eager and ready to demolish every goal you set for yourself. You may have even created a vision board filled with beautiful images of the healthy body you planned to have by now, the financial freedom you were sure you’d be manifesting, and that much needed vacation you without a doubt knew you would be taking. You carefully planned out your goals, created the action plan, and visualized all the things you were going to manifest this year. …


There’s a saying in Spanish that says “Dime con quien andas y te digo quien eres (Tell me who you walk with, and I’ll tell you who you are). Who we surround and align ourselves with has a huge influence on who and what we become. The same way running with the “wrong” crowd can get us into unnecessary trouble, rolling with the right crew can elevate us higher than we could ever imagine.

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When going after our dreams or trying to accomplish goals it’s important to surround ourselves with people who believe in our dreams, encourage our ideas, support our ambitions, and bring out the best in us. These are the people you want by your side while climbing that long arduous ladder to success. The energy we surround ourselves with seeps into everything we do and if we are constantly surrounded by people who complain and only see the glass as half full we will eventually succumb to that type of energy. …

About

Nancy A. Ruffin

Author, Healthcare Executive & Leadership Expert specializing in building high-performance leaders, teams and cultures centered on diversity, equity & inclusion

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