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Ok so by now you probably know, I’m a total sucker for productivity hacks. If there’s an article about a way to do things faster or easier or a hack for getting more done in your day I’ve probably read it. Along the way I’ve come across plenty of things that didn’t work or just weren’t worth the money. Lucky for you, I won’t bore you with any of those here. I will however, share the 8 very best and cheapest apps (most are free) I’ve found and use whenever

If you own a business you know that one of the biggest challenges a small business owner faces is branding building. You want to grow your business. To do that you need to sell more of your product or service. But, in order to sell more you need more exposure. Sounds simple, right? The challenge though for most of us is creating massive exposure for our product or service while remaining confined to a very limited marketing budget. We could try advertising in traditional media, whether it’s print or broadcast.

theSkimm is my recommendation for “must have” site of the month! (Second only to this site of course.) What it is: A daily newsletter that goes out at 5:59 a.m. each morning with Reader’s Digest-sized bites of the day’s most important stories. Each blurb features a brief synopsis of the news, some background and analysis, and the takeaway, or as the name suggests, theSkimm. The goal is to give you just enough to keep you up on current events and give you something pithy and smart to say during cocktail hour.

  “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein The genius in this quote is not just that it came from Albert Einstein who we all know is well, an actual genius. For me, it’s real impact is in its simplicity and its ability to divine the essence of what it takes to be successful in anything. That essence is grit. It took me longer than I’d care to admit to figure that out I’ll have you know. Perhaps like you, I

How to Raise and Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success By Stanford University Dean Julie Lythcott-Hain. Parents, you heard it here, this one’s a winner! In her easy to read style the author offers up anecdotes of parents touring graduate schools, serving as mouthpieces for their shy, passive children, and submitting résumés to potential employers, sometimes without their children’s knowledge. In her book Lythcott-Hain argues, “these behaviors do more than mold kids into dependent beings, they corral and constrict their possibilities and their imaginations. .

So much has been written about finding a job or career you love. It’s become something of a cultural obsession, kind of like uncovering the professional Holy Grail. Honestly, who among us hasn’t thought, wouldn’t life be great if I could work at something I really enjoyed and in turn I became super successful doing it? I must admit I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the course of my professional life trying to solve this riddle. No doubt, like some of you I thought, gosh, if I could

Another graduation season has come and gone and, I have a confession to make. I realize that I’m oddly fascinated by commencement speeches. I know, that may sound strange but I have to tell you I love a good commencement speech. Maybe I’m drawn to the idea that it’ll provide me with a little inspiration or encouragement. Or perhaps I’m secretly hoping to uncover a few pearls of wisdom that have somehow eluded me all these years. More likely, and as my husband would say, it’s just that I have

Have you ever struggled to come up with an effective “elevator pitch”?  One that you thought really captured who you are and the value you provide without saying too much or being too confusing? As Steve Jobs famously said, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. But sometimes trying to keep it short and sweet can be impossibly difficult. Especially when it comes to describing who we are and why we matter in just a sentence or two. For many people this can be paralyzing. After all, what if we leave out

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” – Pablo Picasso #happybirthday #picasso

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