Getting What You Deserve

As a parent of college graduates, I talk with my kids fondly about formal education and the great experiences you have over that time. But here is an important reminder about work—it’s not school. It’s not fair. You don’t always get what you deserve. So how do you make sure you get what you deserve in the real world?  Below, Victor Cheng… Read more →


Debt: A Four Letter Word

The best way to stay out of debt is to not go into it in the first place.  Below is a Wall Street Journal article on what is happening to baby boomers in retirement and the tough decisions they are now having to face due to debt accumulation over the years. Here are a few great quotes on debt: –Paying… Read more →


Perfect Icebreakers

  Trying to teach my four kids how to engage with other people in this technology-driven world has not been easy.  So today, I am sending this infographic to them (read and apply this, kids) and to you as a LIFEies.  Even us older folks can learn a trick or two below. Here are two I am going to try out… Read more →


Want to Get Ahead at Work?

  Amir Goldberg, a professor at the Stanford School of Business, and Sameer Srivastava from Berkley teamed up for a research project in which they studied how people acclimate in professional environments and which of those acclimation strategies work the best. They have broken employees into four categories of people: – Assimilated broker— People high on culture fit and low on network… Read more →


The Single Biggest Problem Every Successful Person Faces

  I love everything Malcolm Gladwell writes, or in this case, talks about. The below article covers a discussion between Gladwell and Lance Armstrong that captures a great message for all of us on the journey to be successful.   When talking to Armstrong, Gladwell points out: “The job of running a complex organization or starting a business is all… Read more →


Networking Basics – Go Ahead and Read This

  Before you stop reading—know that EVERYONE networks.  If you aren’t networking, keep reading anyway.  Why?  Because you should be.  Networking is just another way to get ahead in life.  We all want The Fantastic Life, don’t we? Here are three simple ways to help you network: –  All the time, everywhere. You don’t have to go to a work event to start… Read more →


Trust in the Turtle

  Below is an article about how Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks) got his job at Starbucks. He pursued the company for over a year before he got the word they were not hiring him. He was undeterred, and the rest is history. Here are some lesson to learn from his tenacity:   –Failing is OK. Failing and giving up… Read more →


Using the Weekend

  Here is a different perspective:  Weekends are not mini-vacations.  Rather, they are an opportunity to grow.  In our society, we are taught that career growth/change/focus happens Monday – Friday.  Not true.  Why not take your life to the next level (yes, The Fantastic Life level) and use the weekend to make positive change in your life?   Below is an article by Todd… Read more →