7 Ways to Make Your Job Your Calling

7 ways to make your job your calling

Is your job the dream job you imagined growing up?  What if you could make changes that could turn your job into your calling?  Try these 7 simple steps to begin the process of making 9 to 5 the best part of your day. I’m in the middle of Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage and came […]

Crucial Concept – Creativity

Crucial Concept - Creativity

Do you ever wish you were more creative? How good would it feel to be the person in the room who came up with the breakthrough idea or the innovative way to tackle a problem?  Or have you resigned yourself as someone who lacks the creative gene? I believe like most skills creativity is learned and […]

Time Management Tuesday – 4/17/12

Time Management Tuesday

We ended last week’s post discussing habits – both how they form and how they work.  For an in-depth analysis of this topic pick up Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.  He does an excellent job of describing the power of habits and how they rule much of what we do everyday.  This week I will […]

Crucial Concept – The Ten Minute Rule

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While reading Kelly McGonigal’s excellent The Willpower Instinct this weekend I came across a crucial concept that I want to share with you today.  In chapter seven, “Putting the Future on Sale:  The Economics of Instant Gratification” McGonigal discusses the value of the ten minute rule:  either waiting ten minutes for a reward or working on […]

Book Review – Choke by Sian Beilock

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Do you want to ace the big test, make the game winning shot or close the biggest deal of your career?  Or does the fear of failing when it matters most hold sway over your thoughts everywhere from the classroom, the playing field and the boardroom?  Either way, Sian Beilock’s Choke will show you not […]

BookLeverageBlog Monthly Update – April 2012

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Wanted to let all my readers know that I have updated both the What I’m Reading in 2012 and What I’ve Read in 2012 pages on the site for April.  Check them out to see which books I’ll be reviewing in the months to come.  If you have any comments or recommendations I would love […]

Time Management Tuesday – 4/10/12

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In last week’s post on time management I discussed how productive the eight hours before a vacation are for most workers.  This week we will discuss how establishing everyday habits that mimic those eight hours can not only sharpen our time management skills, but increase our productivity as well. This idea on habit formation was inspired […]

Book Review – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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The stated purpose of The Power of Habit is to explain how habits work and, hopefully when armed with this information, the reader will be able to devise methods to go about changing their habits for good.  Along the way New York Times investigative reporter Charles Duhigg takes the reader on an informative, lively tour of […]

Time Management Tuesday – 4/3/12

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How do you manage time when all you can think about is an upcoming vacation? Back when I had a “regular” job some of my most productive days were the ones right before I left for a vacation.  Loose ends were tied, problems were solved and outstanding issues were dealt with.  Usually all in the […]