Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Power of Goals - Paraphrasing Brian Tracy (Pt 1)

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

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Is goal setting really that important, or powerful? Let's see...

Brian Tracy, author of such books as 21 Success Secrets of Self Made Millionaires and No Excuses!, says in his book, Goals!, that setting goals is one of the most powerful ways to create a successful life, professionally as well as personally. I've followed his advice and I can speak from experience:

Goal setting works.

In this and the following post, I review Mr. Tracy's goal setting program and hope it will give you incentive to create your own. You've nothing to lose and all to gain!

  • Get started; unlock your potential. Nothing happens until something moves, says Einstein. Begin to formulate your goal plan now. 
  • Take charge of your life. Step out of the shadow of others. Be the major player in your own affairs.
  • Clarify your values. Let them be your guide and light.
  • Analyze your beliefs. Some of them may be holding you back. Be honest and face them.
  • Create your own future. Write down your dreams and imaginings. Get clear.
  • Determine your true goals. What you want is more than just material abundance. Get to the roots.
  • Decide upon your Major Definite Purpose. What is it that really drives you, moves you, creates tingles within you?
  • Start at the beginning. Be honest about where your head is right now, in this moment. Go from there.
  • Set and achieve your financial goals. Get clear on how you want to reach your financial pinnacle. 
  • Become an expert in your field. Read, listen to success CDs*, go to seminars, get all the info you can about what you want to be best at and commit to practice.
More next time!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Are You an Individual, or Just Another Brick in the Wall?

If you 'fit in,' you may be out!

It's true companies like you to 'play the game,' become 'one of the boys/girls,' or be a team player. Nothing wrong with all that. It keeps the wheels of commerce running smoothly.


Before you land that prize position, it's important that you portray yourself as an individual, set apart from the madding crowd. 

This article from Carsten Sudhoff, Contributor to the will give you insights about maintaining a robust individuality while also demonstrating how you can be part of the greater team.

Click here: Looking for a New Job? Individuality is the Key

"Our fast-paced society seems to leave little room for individuality. A successful job hunt, however, requires exactly that – a clear formulation of your unique experience, achievements and personality into your “Unique Selling Proposition (USP)”.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Taking Credit Where None is Due: Jobs Report for February

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US Jobs Reports Lies and Fake News ...Until Trump Takes Office?

Recently, Pres. Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer let it be known that all previous job addition reports were fake, that is, until February 2017. Now that his boss is in office, the stats are real. Or so he says.

At the risk of sounding biased, that kind of statement seems just a tad biased. 

Trump is actually taking credit for the numbers. Wrong. These numbers arose out of conditions established long before he entered the White House.

Keep your eyes and ears open, people. 

In the mean time, job additions totaled more than 235,000 in the month of February. You're in a good place at a good time to find the job you want.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Job Interviews Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

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OMG! Out with the job interview, in with the job audition

If this is true, I may soon have to close my doors!!

According to Marcel Schwantes, writing for, the job interview is not a good tool with which to obtain new employees. He says nearly 81% of applicants lie profusely on resumes, CVs, and during the interview.

If you're going out into the job market, this is something you probably need to be aware of. Get your truth together. Lies may be the last great job search dinosaur.

Click here: The Job Interview Will Soon Be Dead. Here's What the Top Companies Are Replacing It With

Comments welcome.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hold It! It's OK to Quit Now and Then

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

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Take it easy. It's all good!

"Whatever your endeavor, ask these two questions: Is it working? Do I still enjoy it?" 

"'Never give up' is bad advice. Real winners won't hesitate to walk away from an unsuccessful venture. Master the art [and science] of moving on by learning when to quit and when to keep going."

Chris Guillebeau, "Born For This", (2016 Crown Business - Publishing)

Wise words. 

Sometimes we get the idea that if we don't keep going in the same old direction, we'll be considered a failure and a quitter.

Quit? Me? 

Weigh everything in the balance. If it's not measuring up to your own numbers, stats, or even desires, skip it, move on, change course, get a new project.

That goes for job search, career direction, even your volunteer efforts.

It's OK to quit now and then. And better to do so before exasperation or depression set in.

An unhappy camper sets bad fires.