Joanne Smith was 62. She was nearing the time when most would consider retirement, when starting a new business might seem unrealistic or too nervy. But Joanne’s dream wouldn’t leave her be. So she launched Crowne Comforteur, an incredibly successful line of women’s shoes, that year. Joanne’s story, so rare and refreshing that Forbes wrote…

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  You’re in the middle of typing an email, and a colleague walks in with a question. You look up, fingers still flying across your keyboard, and answer. You bring your laptop to a meeting, hoping to work double-duty, marking off to-dos as others talk. You pull out your phone during each stop in play…

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I recently worked through Designing the Life You Love, an interactive journal created by Ayse Birsel. It walks through her process of deconstructing the many moving pieces of your life in order to reconstruct them in a way that better fits your goals and priorities. As I strategized with Ayse’s help, I was reminded of…

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In a world that glorifies a busy schedule, that encourages us to keep moving that measuring stick a little farther away, it’s easy to lose our sense of purpose. When we’re burnt out, stressed out, discouraged or bored, we can find ourselves unable to answer that all-important question: Why do we do what we do?…

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I read something recently that I think holds so much value when it comes to shedding the shoulds. If you can’t say no, then your yes doesn’t mean anything. Think about that: Your commitment to something means much less when you’re committed to everything. I once worked with an executive in the insurance industry who,…

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