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The Fulfillment Equation
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The Fulfillment Equation

by: Founder @ 1B Branding | Nationally Coveted Speaker | Host of Decoding Success Life is a journey that we are all on. No one really knows what tomorrow will bring – especially the meteorologists that we tend to tune into for our weekly weather updates. All jokes aside, we are all trying to figure out this thing called life day in and day out -- whether it's what makes us happy, how to land the job we want, how to acquire the new client, or maybe even how to land a date with that person we're attracted to. One thing that is for certain, is the fact that we all have a purpose. And, I’m quite confident that our purpose is much larger than just us. I don’t tend to make promises or guarantee anything unless I am for certain – this is one of those things I’d bet on. A major contributing factor to us being unique and one-of-a-kind is the fact that our purposes vary from individual to individual. As cliché as it may sound, we are all here for a reason. Now, why bring this topic up? For starts, I felt compelled to share with my #LinkedInFam how I was able to create a life with an abundance of fulfillment. I even put it into a really simple formula. And, I promise, there is bare minimum math involved in case you were wondering after I used the word formula. I can’t sit here and say my life was ever bad. Sure,..

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80-Year Old Harvard Study Proves Healthy Relationships Help Us Live Longer and Happier Lives
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80-Year Old Harvard Study Proves Healthy Relationships Help Us Live Longer and Happier Lives

Harvard’s Grant and Glueck study began tracking the physical and emotion health in this longitudinal study during the Great Depression with the hopes of revealing an indicator to leading happier and healthier lives. They more than accomplished this feat. For over 80 years, researchers with the Harvard Study of Adult Development have collected mounds of data on the physical and mental health of two main groups. The Grant Study; Composed of 268 Harvard graduates from classes 1939–1944 (including eventual President John F. Kennedy). The Glueck Study; composed of 456 poor Boston residents from 1939–2018. Main Finding: “The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.” That’s not to say we should engage in quid pro quo interactions and relationships with others for the sole purpose of bettering out health in the long run. The data in the study actually shows that loving relationships built on giving with no expected return creates a bond that strengthens both parties. Giving with open, outstretched arms is an essential expression of gratitude. This gratitude has a direct correlation in healthy relationships. Harvard researchers compiled data including PET scans, medical records and interviews and questionnaires and found an amazing correlation between..

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You’ve got the job! Now what?
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You’ve got the job! Now what?

You just landed that dream job or lucrative contract. You’re ready to get settled and dig into your new workload when you discover the previous employee or consultant left the project in shambles! Don’t fret. All is not lost. With focus and determination, it doesn’t matter if the previous regime dropped a hydrogen bomb you can survive and thrive in your new work environment. In my years as a project management professional and crisis manager, these are the top 5 tenets of succeeding in a new work environment. Make no excuses. There is a fine line between a reason and an excuse. You may be giving what you think is the best reason in the world for setbacks but all management hears is “Wonk, wonk, wonk” (insert Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice here). Of course past inequities can cause present headaches, but its far more effective to recognize a problem and offer a resolution than it is to highlight the problem solely. Don’t complain about the previous regime. Professionally, its the tool of a lazy, unimaginative mind. If your response to every inquiry about work product is “the previous person didn’t do this” or “did that”, generally you have five business days before the follow up response is “well, why haven't you fixed it?”. I find following a subpar consultant or employee a great opportunity to prove yourself valuable. After all, if the previous regime’s work product was that substandard and yours is of great quality, it wont be long before management recognizes and rewards your value. Keep..

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A lesson in Pride and Perseverance
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A lesson in Pride and Perseverance

One of my favorite poems, Invictus, was penned by English poet William Ernest Henley. Most people are familiar with the last two lines of the poem - as they have been used to convey a certain power and resilience that resides with us all. Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms the horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. W.E. Henley If a man can be moved to write such while recovering after tuberculosis made him a double leg amputee, how dare I not have the courage to live a life fulfilled? Live, love, and most importantly - learn! This poem and its message always reminds me to constantly define my dash! That is, make the absolute best of my live the life out my dreams as reality.

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Candidates for This Position Should Love Producing
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Candidates for This Position Should Love Producing

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