following your passion

There’s lots of talk these days about the importance of “following your passion”. Should you or shouldn’t you, and what happens if you don’t?

Argument Against: Why You Shouldn’t
Some people insist the idea of following your passion is ridiculous, arguing that just because you love something doesn’t mean you can make money doing it, and that there are tons of people making great money performing tasks they fail to enjoy at all. Furthermore, the pundits point out this: it isn’t always an option to pursue doing what you love. In a recent article ...

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Aggressive business likeable

Are you aggressive, passive or assertive? When you’re hanging out with friends or being interviewed for a job, it makes a big difference…


  1. Aggressive: It’s happened to pretty much everyone at one time or another. People are sitting around in a group enjoying each other’s company... except for that one girl who just doesn’t quite get it. When she joins in, she comes off as hostile or angry, and more times than not, ends up hurting someone’s feelings or damaging the conversation. In other words, she has an aggressive communication style.

  2. Passive: Then there’s ...

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awareness business

A recent webinar invitation from Social Media Today nicely summarized the breadth of fast-moving change:

“ The self-guided knowledge available online lights the path to many offline adventures and projects. What we do and absorb online influences the way we eat, make purchase decisions, play, find friends and mates to play with and/or to marry. ”

Change is unavoidable, so people are making technology part of their routine. It's reasonable to expect a shift from one-way sharing of pictures, recipes and links to a bi-directional conversation that offers a chance to learn back from the community in a personal and ...

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caring personality

How lucky you were if your teacher read “Charlotte’s Web” to you in elementary school. Not only did you get to hear a great story, but you also learned how amazing it was for Wilbur the pig to have such a caring friend as the cool little spider, Charlotte.

The respect, concern and empathy she showed for Wilbur was truly uplifting and made us all want to have that same generosity of spirit, that caring nature.

None of us wanted to be Templeton the Rat, who was the opposite of caring – detached insensitive, pitiless, selfish and even cruel (at ...

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business feedback likeable personality

In a job interview you want to stay positive, avoid lodging complaints, being cynical or exuding negativity. Likeability is a big factor for recruiters. They know who their people are, and will look to bring in talented professionals who know how to get along -- sometimes in favor of hiring someone with the best qualifications on paper.

What recruiters desire is common to other arenas as well. At social events, the logic is simple; people are subconsciously drawn to those who have a likable personality.

One of the most important keys to living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life is having ...

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business entrepreneur

The unemployment rate for young people is less than ideal at the moment, as much as two times higher than the national average. This can be very discouraging for people fresh out of school.

President Obama’s team wants to encourage college grads to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. There’s even a new financial incentive program to limit young 'treps’ student loan payments to 10 percent of their earned income. Sounds great, so perhaps it’s time to launch your own start-up, right?

Not so fast, says college professor and author Scott Shane. He warns people that ...

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honesty

Honesty is always high on the list when people talk about traits they admire. Honest people behave with integrity, practice loyalty and value fairness.

So why are people dishonest? Usually it’s because they fear the consequences of telling the truth; getting in trouble, engaging in uncomfortable confrontation,  and making someone mad.

The problem with being dishonest is that you know inside that you are being untruthful and it can feel uncomfortable because you’re not being authentic to yourself or others. It can also be hard to keep track of your lies, and you may feel the need to ...

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