Life on Your Terms

Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

Jolie SikesWhat do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years.

Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they could fix up and resell. “It was Mom’s idea and her $2,000 stash for the slot machines that we used at first,” says Sikes. “She said, ‘Let’s just go to Canton [where there’s a giant four-day flea market every month] with open minds and figure out what we can do.’” Read More

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When Bad Bosses Happen to Good People

A bad boss.If you’ve never had a bad boss, you must have spent your career…self-employed! Unfortunately, managers who are incompetent or otherwise awful are a fact of working life. Indeed, a whopping 568 of you responded to our call for bad boss stories and the lessons you learned from the experience. Read these cringe-worthy tales—and commiserate.
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Annabelle Gurwitch on Setbacks, Bouncing Back and the Business Cards She Can’t Hand Out

Annabelle GurwitchIn Hollywood, true grit isn’t only the name of a John Wayne movie. It’s also a job requirement. So when Annabelle Gurwitch auditioned to play a mother in a commercial and ended up being cast as a crone in the Middle Ages, she took it in stride. Read More

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The Truth about Confidence

Janet CrawfordWomen just need to believe in themselves more. That’s often the prescription for righting gender inequities in the workplace. But a big part of the confidence gap is not being addressed, says Janet Crawford, CEO of Cascadance, Inc., an organizational change firm that helps companies address issues of under-representation and create cultures of inclusion.

“Low confidence is not an individual phenomenon, but is in part, a general consequence of something called stereotype threat,” Crawford says. “When you’re one of a few women in a department or the only woman in upper management, part of your brain becomes devoted to monitoring how you’re being perceived, whether you’re representing your group well or confirming negative stereotypes. As a result of this split attention, you feel anxious and may even underperform—and over time, your confidence flags.” Read More

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Career Moves: Ask These Two Questions Before You Leap

Sara-DiVelloUnfortunately, you don’t have to love your job to be good at it. Sara DiVello had gone into public relations thinking she could make a living and write, her true passion. “At first, I got caught up in the cool factor of working at a big company, in the fancy skyscraper—I felt like I was Melanie Griffith in Working Girl! But as I advanced up the ranks, I got lost in the busy-ness and daily pressures of the job,” says the former PR executive at a Fortune 500 company. Read More

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How to Get Buy-in from Your Boss, Team, Client, Anyone!

Black, JoanneYou don’t have to be in sales to wish you were a good salesperson. After all, every instance of persuasion—whether it’s getting your team to improve its performance or your boss to green-light your proposal—is a form of selling. Being personable and articulate helps, of course. But getting buy-in is more about know-how than natural gifts, says Joanne Black, who has more than 35 years of sales and management experience and is author of Pick Up the Damn Phone: How People, Not Technology, Seal the Deal. Here, her four steps to winning people over to your side: Read More

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How to Be Happy at Work

Angela RouseBy Angela Foreshaw Rouse, Manager of State Operations and Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania

Imagine this: It’s Monday morning and you’re already dreading the workweek. You are unhappy with your 9-to-5 and are desperate for something—anything—to change so you’re not so miserable at the office. Or perhaps it’s not quite that dramatic and you’ve just become complacent. You hear those people who say they love their jobs, that it’s a life’s mission—and you wonder, “Why don’t I feel that way?” Read More

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Podcast: Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Carson Tate Life today is busy! We tell ourselves that if only we could make better use of our downtime or multitask more cleverly we’d get ahead of the busyness…but that’s not how it works. In this 30-minute podcast, productivity guru Carson Tate offers strategies to help you work simply AND live fully. Click Play to listen or read the full transcript below. Read More

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Free Teleclass: The New Rules for Career Happiness

Kerry-Hannon-270x300The New Rules for Career Happiness
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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How to Set Boundaries Without Feeling Guilty

Loder, VanessaHow to Set Boundaries Without Feeling Guilty
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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