The Key to Success in Life and Work is Learning What Fear Means
August 09, 20180

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

There is one feeling that carries with it more negative power than any other and it is fear. The very word fear itself can bring unpleasant memories to light and remind us of what we believe we cannot accomplish. It carries a negative connotation and represents an uncomfortable feeling of helplessness or hopelessness. It may be felt when a goal was not achieved, and result in a time of questioning, doubt, and second-guessing.

Fear is also associated with a time when a person becomes afraid to try something new or becomes indecisive while considering possibilities about what may or may not happen as a result of a pending decision. It is a time of uncertainty, looking ahead and not knowing...

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Best of Dr. J's Inspirational Quotes November 2017
June 01, 20180

Dr. J is excited to announce a brand new collection: The Best of Dr. J's Inspirational Quotes. This resource is now available to you at no cost and it provides some of the best quotes written by Dr. J in 2017. Dr. J hopes you will download and save this resource, and open it any time you would like to be inspired. It is a downloadable PDF and can be viewed on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Please click on the following link to obtain this free resource: The Best of Dr. J's Inspirational Quotes 2017

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What Inspires and Motivates You to Teach?
May 27, 20180

You may remember how you got started as an instructor, but do you recall what inspires you to continue teaching? The instructional duties of an educator require well-developed planning, organizational, and time management skills, especially if you have multiple projects or career responsibilities to balance. If you teach in a traditional college classroom, you must plan for a class or classes that typically meets on a specific day or time during the week. If you teach online, the general expectation is that you will be actively engaged in your class throughout the entire week.

What inspires you to devote the time necessary to create a meaningful learning experience, knowing that you will need to make a significant commitment of your time? Yes, it is your responsibility to...

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When Faced with a Challenge, Do You Give Up?
May 11, 20180

"I can make a list of my failures, or I can create a list of goals to create a better future." - Dr. Bruce A. Johnson

How do you face challenges now? Do you give up? Or would you like to discover steps to become determined instead?

Consider your career now. You may not realize how much it means to you until you are faced with challenges or challenging circumstances that cause you to question choices made or your ability to be successful in this chosen profession. When you think about your career in general, you likely realize how you have worked to cultivate specific skills that allow you to perform your job to the best of your abilities.

Over time you will gain experience and education, whether that education consists of learning on the job or formal...

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Are You Thinking About Building a Successful Long-Term Career?
January 09, 20180

What's more important for your long-term career goals: Do you want to find a job and accept whatever comes along, or do you want to keep yourself focused on the big picture, search for a better job, and work towards building a successful career?

There is no question the job market is challenging, no matter what point in time it is as many industries are struggling to sustain employees and grow their businesses. Those of us who work in higher education, especially the field of distance learning, have watched this industry change dramatically over the past few years. And every month it seems you can read about another business or industry making layoffs, leaving many valued employees searching for new positions. I have seen this too as a resume writer, having written...

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October 05, 20170

How do people perceive you at work? Does it matter what your colleagues think about you? Should you be concerned about your reputation?

People generally want to be perceived and portrayed at work as someone who is professional, reliable, ethical, trustworthy, open-minded, adaptable, flexible, and willing to learn, along with many other similar qualities and characteristics. This is a significant aspect of developing a long ranger career reputation, which serves as a representation of a person while they are at work, on the job, and while they are developing their career through new jobs and opportunities.

From a personal perspective, many people are not seemingly as concerned about the reputation they have as a person. As a society we are...

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September 18, 20170

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." -Samuel Johnson

There is one particular quality which makes everyone shine, one which shows through their work and even within their resume. Do you know what it is?

It is having a well-established sense of self-confidence. A person who is self-confident will approach their work with a measure of certainty; possessing self-awareness of the experience and knowledge or know-how needed to get the job done.

Even a resume will reflect that confidence through the word choice used and this will also come across through a person's tone during an interview. Being self-confident comes easily for some people, yet others struggle to try and sustain it. For most people this is a feeling that can...

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Here are Five Warning Signs You Are Stuck in a Career Rut
May 29, 20170

Are you feeling unhappy about your job or your career? Does it feel as if you are going nowhere in your job no matter how hard you work or the amount of time you devote to performing your very best? Or have you just given up and resigned yourself to the present circumstances?

Most people want a reliable and steady job, one that provides a feeling of security and a sense of accomplishment. A job can serve a variety of purposes and that includes meeting a need for income or serving as part of a specific career plan and becoming a step towards meeting career goals. Over time a job can become the basis for a stable career, one that allows for the development of new skills and provides new opportunities. While stability in a career is important, what happens when that job you value...

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July 30, 20160

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?  – Vincent Van Gogh

Consider the last time you looked back at your life or your career. Did you ever question the choices you made or had to make? Did you ever wish that outcomes experienced had been better or different?  Hopefully you are able to look at the past and consider it to be old news or something that is beyond your ability to control now. However, many people cannot let go of the past – even knowing that it cannot be undone or changed. As a career coach and educator, I have had heard many negative statements made about past decisions during self-reflection exercises and many of these comments can be summarized as follows.

If I only had the courage to:

  • Take a Stand
  • Listen...
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Workaholic
June 19, 20160

Do you believe working long hours and devoting extra time to your job is worth it or it is wrong for some reason? What if you could discover a way to work as much as you want and still be productive?

Whether you love your job or simply tolerate it, it can take a significant amount of your time each week. While you may have fixed hours you also understand the reality of meeting job requirements and performance expectations, and it may mean working beyond a regular workday. Some people will gladly put in the extra time, especially if it means they will maintain job security or possibly get ahead.

And then there are people who will put in the extra time because they work for a demanding manager, and their work must be completed - even if the workload is unrealistic...

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