by Aja Frost


I’m willing to bet that Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has some valuable things to say. But Branson makes a policy of listening more than he speaks. Kind of makes you want to re-evaluate your communication strategy, am I right?

Beth Comstock, CMO at GE, has similarly sage advice: “Sometimes ‘no’ makes sense, but sometimes it is a way to stay comfortable.” Kind of makes you want to re-evaluate how you make decisions, am I right?

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By Kaitlin Flaherty


I am very fortunate to have a job in an industry I am passionate about. I was asked recently to write an article called “Success Secrets” for a newsletter associated with an organization I am involved in through the USPTA. I was extremely flattered that one of my mentors thought that I was successful and wanted me to write about my journey to success.

As I sat down to write the article I thought, what constitutes as success? The definition of success is the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors and theaccomplishment of one’s goals. That being said, I still feel like I have a long way to go before I can call myself “successful,” however, here are some of the things I am doing now to help me get to where I want to be in the future.

Here are my “10 Success Secrets for Young Professionals”

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By Patrick Allan


Not every successful person gets successful the same way, but they all may still have some traits in common. Here are eight traits that most successful people have as determined by years of research.

Lecturer Richard St John traveled around the world for ten years to conduct face-to-face interviews with successful people like Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s), Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, James Cameron, Matt Groening, and even Dan Ackroyd. The list of successful, influential people he interviewed goes on and on. After analysing everything he’d learned, he come up with these eight traits:

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By Brenda Bence

How is your personal brand doing? Are you presenting yourself in the best possible light and making YOU™ (The Trademarked You) the brand of choice in your career?

Watch out! If you don’t believe you actually have a personal brand, think again. Just by virtue of being you in your career, you have a personal brand. It exists in the minds of your audience – the people who most influence your work life – in how they perceive, think, and feel about you right now.

Whether you have worked consciously on your personal brand or not, you may be making mistakes that can seriously undermine your career advancement. So, why not learn from the errors of others? Here’s a quiz to help you determine if you’re committing some common errors that could set your personal brand back a notch or two. The outcome is that you’ll know exactly how to rectify the situation and keep your brand on track.

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by Kristen Brown

The work from home lifestyle is an attractive option for entrepreneurs and traditional employees alike. You can set your own hours, dress how you want and work in a way that maximizes your time and skillset. However, working in the comforts of home carries risks that many don’t consider before embarking on it. Working at home is filled with distractions – chores, errands, pets, family members, television and even the couch. A mid-day nap is pretty darn awesome! But when those distractions begin to dominate your time, energy and productivity, you’re in for real trouble on the work front.

Here are 12 ways to stay focused and productive when you work from home – and still enjoy the perks that come with it!

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By Althea DeBrule

Research suggests that as many as 8 out of 10 employed adults are in the wrong job or career! They are in poor career-shape or have little or no career-stamina.

If you are one of the 8 or your goal is to shape up, it is important to have a good understanding of some basic career management principles for a healthy career workout and to help you make the best decisions about your career on a day-by-day basis.

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