Words Left Unsaid

Words Left Unsaid
When I got married, Betsy (co-founder of Start Smart Career Center) gave me a piece of advice that I cherish because it has proven to be invaluable. She told me that the words I choose not to say to my husband are just as important as the words I do say to him. I could not have possibly appreciated the gravity of that statement at the time, but over five years later it is a motto I’ve come to live by in every aspect of my life. This concept may be easiest to understand in regards to ... Read more
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International Women’s Day: Make It Happen

International Women’s Day: Make It Happen
Today is International Women’s Day. Every year on March 8, women’s economic, political, and social achievements are celebrated around the world. The first observance was held in New York in 1909, organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. The United Nations declared it a holiday in 1977. Over the past 107 years, women in the United States have made incredible strides, gaining the right to vote, serving ... Read more
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Bloody Sunday and the March Before Us

Bloody Sunday and the March Before Us
Fifty years ago today, “Blood Sunday” became one of the most important civil rights events in American history. The public was forced to come to terms with the violence, degradation, and inhumanity that African Americans were subjected to in many parts of the country. Up until the passage of the Voting Rights Act 1965, African Americans were dissuaded from, and denied the right to vote, throughout the South. Poll taxes, literacy questions, and requirements for whites to vouch for their ... Read more
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How Meditation Can Ease Stress From the Work Day

How Meditation Can Ease Stress From the Work Day
For many of us, work is one of the biggest stressors in our daily lives. Things like nagging bosses, demanding customers, and high expectations can make your body tense and raise your blood pressure. Work day stress can inhibit your ability to think clearly and have a whole range of adverse effects on your physical health, even weakening your immune system. Then there’s the obvious effects that work can have on your mood and general state of mind. Meditation has been practiced the world ... Read more
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Don’t Settle for the Cheap Seats

Don’t Settle for the Cheap Seats
There is going to be a meeting with the boss that will be held in the conference room. Unfortunately, the conference table isn’t large enough for all the managers to sit at the table. There are chairs placed around the perimeter of the room for overflow. The men wander in and take a seat at the table without giving it a second thought.  They may try to decide where the boss will sit so they can choose their chair strategically. Some of the women seem uncertain about where to sit and ... Read more
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The Devil Doesn’t Need Advocates

The Devil Doesn’t Need Advocates
We’ve all been there. The meeting has dragged on and on. It looks like the team has finally arrived at an action plan. Things are winding down, tasks are being assigned, and you are ready to pack up and get back to your real work. At that very moment, someone says, “Let me play devil’s advocate” and launches into a rehash of the previous discussion. Colleagues groan inwardly, everyone hoping the boss will dismiss this unnecessary showmanship. The concept of ... Read more
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Senator Mikulski Retires and an Era Ends

Senator Mikulski Retires and an Era Ends
“Do I spend my time raising money or raising hell?” These words were spoken by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as she announced her retirement from Congress today. The longest serving woman in Congress will not seek reelection to a sixth term when her tenure is up in 2016. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977, Senator Mikulski was first elected to the Senate in 1986, making her the first woman elected to the esteemed chamber in her own right. She has become known as ... Read more
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Feeling Inadequate? Maybe It’s Time for an Inner Strength Inventory

Feeling Inadequate? Maybe It’s Time for an Inner Strength Inventory
Inner strengths are similar to talents. The difference is we may not fully recognize or acknowledge our inner strengths, so they remain hidden, even from ourselves. Understanding and owning your inner strengths can be an asset to your self-confidence and to your job performance. As an exercise, ask your closest friends or family members if they could describe one or two strengths that they think you possess. You might be surprised at what is mentioned, terms like self-discipline, optimism, ... Read more
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Embrace the Unk Unks

Embrace the Unk Unks
It’s easy to say no. It takes up far less time and energy to take the easy way out. It may even be human nature to try to avoid the difficult, time consuming, challenging choices. However, very little is truly impossible. More importantly, you will never meet your potential or create something important by immediately refusing to take on big tasks and daunting projects. Think about it—what are your big picture goals or your personal moonshot? You won’t get there by being the person who ... Read more
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Spring Cleaning For Your Life

Spring Cleaning For Your Life
I recently came across an old letter from a woman who is now in her 90s. In it she mentioned she was in the middle of “spring cleaning.” She talked about taking rugs outside to sweep, washing windows and woodwork, and polishing furniture. She cleaned one room at a time, only moving to the next room when the previous room was finished. I doubt that few people today engage in actual spring cleaning. We have homes and environments that require less attention, and we have better ... Read more
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