People who succeed in the business, academic, or nonprofit worlds typically have jumped through a lot of hoops to get to the level of success they enjoy — a college education, oftentimes an advanced degree, and years of work experience. They’ve paid their dues working their way up the ladder.

Many have been programmed over the years to be sensitive to the expectations of those around them. Each successive phase of their journey required proving themselves. In my coaching practice, I encounter many experienced professionals who are highly successful by external measures but are not satisfied inside.

One such client…

Andrew Linderman is the founder and head storyteller of The Story Source in New York. Though he comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, he gave it a shot in the corporate world as an economist before he recognized he could not escape his family legacy.

From that point forward, he followed his passion for theater, improv, and storytelling and created his company in an almost organic way. …

It was 2009, the middle of the financial meltdown, and I had just gotten out of an 18-year marriage to an addict. I had gone back to school to get a degree in Architectural Engineering — a degree that just two years before had a 98% placement rate — and with the real estate market in the toiler, absolutely no one was hiring.

I just needed to get a job to support me and my five kids. I began applying for roles beyond construction. Then, I noticed a new builder was renovating office space near where I lived. …

Nothing is like it seems, but everything is exactly like it is.

-Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra was a catcher with the New York Yankees for eighteen seasons between the 1940s to the 1960s, and though he holds the record for the most World Series Championships as a player (ten), he is arguably best known nowadays for his quirky quotes. …

What a crazy time we’re living in! It’s hard to comprehend. It’s scary. It’s frustrating.

Could things have been different? Yes, of course they could have been.

Yesterday I saw news stories about protests in some states to allow schools and businesses to open back up. It’s normal to be angry about this COVID pandemic. Our world has been turned upside down. Could things have been different? Yes, of course they could have been. But in America we’re very used to our freedom.

A Strange New “Normal”

A few weeks ago it seemed completely unfathomable that millions of people would stop going about their…

I bet you would prefer a career where you enjoy success and happiness rather than a grinding job that causes you nothing but stress and misery. You were probably drawn to the professional world because you like to solve complex problems and be rewarded for it. My guess is that you are smart and talented.

“Hey, this is America — the land of opportunity. I’m smart, hardworking, and ambitious. What else do I need to succeed?”

You probably figured, “Hey, this is America — the land of opportunity. I’m smart, hardworking, and ambitious. What else do I need to succeed?”…

Deep down do you have big dreams and want to pursue them but haven’t started yet? Maybe you feel frustrated and stuck because you don’t know where to start… maybe you’re afraid of not doing the “right thing”… or you’ve tried a couple things and nothing has worked the way you expected.

I believe deep down, you know who you are and what will make you happy, but for some reason, a block exists that is keeping your desire from surfacing in a strong and visible way. I’ve seen three common excuses that keep people from pursuing paths that would…

Every day I talk with people who have big dreams and want to pursue them but don’t. They feel frustrated and stuck and aren’t sure what to do about it. Deep down, they know exactly who they are and what will make them happy, but they are afraid to give in to their desires.

When I probe a little deeper to understand why they don’t pursue the goals that will make them happy, there are 5 common excuses that crop up. I call them the five big lies: 1. I have to take the big leap. 2. I’m not ready…

Every day I talk with people who have big dreams and want to pursue them but don’t. They feel frustrated and stuck and aren’t sure what to do about it. Deep down, they know exactly who they are and what will make them happy, but they are afraid to give in to their desires.

When I probe a little deeper to understand why they don’t pursue the goals that will make them happy, there are 5 common excuses that crop up. I call them the five big lies:

  1. I have to take the big leap.
  2. 2. I’m not ready.
  3. 3…

Envy is an emotion that most people don’t like to admit to, yet it’s something that we all feel at one time or another. Envy arises when we wish we had something that someone else has. It happens frequently in the workplace. Sometimes it happens when a colleague gets a promotion or plum assignment that you wanted. Or the little green monster could crop up when a co-worker contributes a great idea in a meeting or does a masterful presentation, and you say to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could do that.”

Envy arises when we wish we had something…

Terry Boyle McDougall

Author of Winning the Game of Work: Career Happiness & Success on Your Own Terms. Terry is a coach who helps people become happier & more successful at work.

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