Thursday, December 28, 2017

Awakening: How to Increase Your Success in 2018

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Rejoice! Life is good, no matter the appearances.

Is the world really full of evil people? Or is that just a gimmick to make you feel afraid?

Appearances notwithstanding, I know that each of us contains the seed of goodness. Awakening to that reality is the way to change what looks like disaster. How do we awaken? Simple...
  • Recognize your own beauty. Original sin is a lie.
  • Reclaim your power. You're only weak if you believe it.
  • Rewrite your inner script. You wrote the original, or bought into someone else's.
  • Reduce your personal carbon footprint. You don't need as much stuff in your life as you think.
  • Respond rather than react. Think clearly about your choices, your prejudices, your decisions.
  • Release or at least reduce your fears. You will only rise to the level of your greatest fear.
  • Regain your courage. Boldness has a certain charm to it, you know.
  • Remember that you came here to help the world become its best. This is the secret you've been looking for, by the way.
  • Refuse to let the daily news run your life. In fact, turn it off for a week and see if you've really missed anything. What's truly important will find its way into your consciousness.
  • Rest in the Silence now and then; refresh your relationship with the Source of All That Is. Meditation is a powerful brain-changer, not just a woo-woo Eastern religious practice.
  • Remain upbeat, positive, enthusiastic, and optimistic. Pie in the sky? Hardly. Change your thinking, change your life, and ultimately, change your world.
  • Relax. Reboot. Retrain, if necessary. Regroup. Get it?
  • And finally, REJOICE! Be grateful for this experience. You were called into being by a grand and loving Universe, in potential from the moment of creation. And the best is yet to come. Count on it!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Please Make Me Feel Important. Please!

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Life has its ups and downs, but is always beautiful!
You've been there so you know what it's like...

He was looking dejected when I approached the counter to order some coffee. I asked if he’d been having a rough day. “No, I’m fine.” He wasn’t fine. There was no one behind me in line so I engaged him for a few moments. “This place can be a bit hectic. I come here most mornings. People are in a hurry, anxious to get wherever they’re going, not meaning to hurt anyone. It just happens. They sometimes forget that the person behind the counter is having a hectic morning, too.” He looked up at me with a faint smile. I handed him a $5 tip. He glowed. “People don’t realize how important you are to them. You’re the one who gets them back on the road with this great coffee. You matter.” His look of gratitude was all I needed. My day was already made.

You may not want to admit it but when you’re overlooked, taken for granted, or abused by customers, bosses, or others who have some kind of authority over you, face it: you don’t like it.

However. . .

No one, as the saying goes, can make us feel inferior without our permission. Each time we respond to the world by giving it the power to make us feel awful about ourselves, we lose just a little more ground, a little more personal power. And the more power we give up, the worse we feel.

Here’s your opportunity to feel a little better about yourself: Consciously choose to see the importance of each person you interact with today. Just for a moment or two, take your mind off yourself. Recognize that everyone is engaged in his or her own kind of suffering. This is the beginning of compassion.

OK, now back to you.
Many blessings to you and yours this Season!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Guilty Giving and How to Love It!

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

“Like the moon, in its radiant beauty, be a Light Reflector. Remain open and willing to serve. That's why you're here." Guru Da

Warning! This article may be harmful to your ego!

You hear it everywhere, read it everywhere, discuss it now and then. You must give to receive. After a while, hearing that can become annoying, even irritating. “I know, already!”

They try to get your money, your time, your efforts, your talents. They send you tons of bulk mail every year. A gazillion spam-y emails. They push telethons in front of you, right when your favorite sitcom is supposed to be on. They call you on the phone. They threaten you at church (Well, at some churches. Not mine). Give, give, give. Ad infinitum.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Looking Fear in the Face

By Richard Kent Matthews - Career Coach | Author | Speaker

Where you go is up to you. The world is your play thing!

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" Eleanor Roosevelt

Changing jobs? Just out of the military? You have a gazillion opportunities in front of long as fear isn't the leader.

The time is right, the time is now. Be bold. Be open. Be ready.

It's your call.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Passion and Potential: The Magnificent Intersection

By Richard Kent Matthews - Career Coach | Author | Speaker

Always, the rainbow. There's gold there, if you choose to see it!

"Life is short, youth is finite, and opportunities endless. Have you found the intersection of your passion and the potential for world-shaping positive impact? If you don't have a great idea of your own, there are plenty of great teams that need you - unknown startups and established teams in giant companies alike." Justin Rosenstein*

*Justin Michael Rosenstein is an American software programmer and entrepreneur. He is co-founder (along with Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz) and head of product at the collaboration software company Asana

Monday, November 13, 2017

Are You a Veteran Needing Job Search Assistance?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

You are not alone!

Just a quick note to share this site with you, if you're a Veteran in need of job search help: 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Nearly Seven Millions Jobs Available--Why Aren't You Working?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

High in the tower may be your dream job. Are you knocking at their doors?

Are you looking but not finding? This may be why...

The Republicans claim there aren't enough jobs, that the Obama Administration wrecked the economy.

Not true. 

An informative article from the Washington Post this past August reveals some interesting truths.

Click here: Seven million unemployed and more than six million jobs!

Opportunities are all around you. Don't give up on them!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Precious Metal: How to Treat Employees

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

How are you treating your employees?

"More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their boss. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human. These are the bosses who celebrate an employee's success, empathize with those going through hard times, and challenge people, even when it hurts." 
Travis Bradberry

Today, there are more jobs than people to fill them. If you don't want to be left holding the bag, treat your employees like gold.

They ARE gold.

Recommended reading:

Management 101 : from hiring and firing to imparting new skills, an essential guide to management strategies - Stephen Soundering (2017) 

Available at Click on title.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Helping the Heroes

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Need help readjusting to civilian life? Looking for a job? Here's my recommended site for returning military personnel:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Success in a Nutshell

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

"Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." Swami Sivananda

It's simple..

Take care of the small things and the larger things may well take care of themselves. Usually, those larger things are simply the smart combination of the smaller things. 

It's called FOCUSAnd that's no small thing!

Available at Amazon... 

Recommended Reading: The Miracle of a Chief Definite Aim by Mitch Horowitz

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where the Jobs Are - 2017

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Construction is booming!

From CNBC:
Top States to Find a Job in America in 2017

"The job market is complicated these days. Nationwide, unemployment has fallen to levels not seen since the turn of the millennium. In some states the rate is even lower. Yet more than 1.5 million Americans have been out of work for half a year or more, and skilled positions across the country are going unfilled. Even so, some states are deftly navigating it all, adding jobs and growing their economies. Among the 66 metrics in our America's Top States for Business study is year-over-year job growth, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are the top states for jobs for the 12 months ending in May 2017."

To learn more, click here.

Monday, September 25, 2017

On sale now at!

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Uncovering Our Ignorance on All Levels
Chapter 2: How to Open New Doors with Power Questions
Chapter 3: Examining Your Discontent
Chapter 4: What Do You REALLY Want? Acknowledging Your Desires, Especially the Hidden Ones
Chapter 5: Forgiveness: It's Probably Not What You Think
Chapter 6: Kindness: The Way of Active Compassion
Chapter 7: What Is Your Purpose in Life?
Chapter 8: Are You 'Called'?
Chapter 9: Mission: Your Action Plan
Chapter 10: Healing Your Corner of the World: The Principle of Charity--Putting It All Together Conclusion: The Newest You
Bonus A - Seven Steps to Power Living
Bonus A2 - Special Meditation
Bonus B - Your Keys to Better Relationships
Bonus C - What’s with the Law of Attraction?
Bonus D - The Healing Power of Humor
Bonus E - The Living Mural: An Artist Meets God in the Window Glass
Bonus F – How to Become a Good Receiver: Opening Your Heart, Mind, and Life to Authentic Treasure
Very Special Bonus: Free Full eBook – The Miracles in Your Midst - eBook
Part 1: Becoming Miracle Minded
Part 2: Intensifying Your Miracle Mind
More Special Bonuses 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chris Guillebeau at Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Popular business author, Chris Guillebeau, shares new book at Powells, Portland

Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Start Up, Born for This, and other books, joined us at Powell's last evening to share and present his latest book, Side Hustle, which I've read and highly recommend. Standing room only!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Which Book Should You Read If You're Looking for a New Job, Career, or Business Start Up?

I don't recommend too many career books but this is a major exception. If you want as much detail as possible, as much understanding and clarity as you'll find anywhere, this is the read for you. Click on the following link to find the book at Amazon.

What Color Is Your Parachute 2018 by Richard N. Bolles*

(*Sadly, Bolles died in 2017 but this was completed before his death. Not sure if anyone will take up the task and continue to flow. These books have been published since around 1970.)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Success Is No Accident!

"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." -- Ray Goforth
"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." -- Jim Rohn

Monday, July 17, 2017

Persistence Wins the Game

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.” –Calvin Coolidge

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's OK to Fail

“Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.” –H. Stanley Judd

Monday, July 10, 2017

Motivate Yourself

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”Andrew Carnegie

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Could You Face the Media? Another Way to Prepare for Your Interview

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Are you worth it?  

So, you just walk into the interview and take whatever comes your way? Some do. Not you!

This article by Carmine Gallo at is not for the faint of heart. If you want to make a truly magical impression on those who sit across the interview table from you, then this may be your best way yet:

Click here: Prepare for a Job Interview the Way CEOs Rehearse for the Media....

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Nursing: Why NOW May Be a Good Time to Start Your Career

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

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Are you a nurse seeking a new position? 

Here's a great article from Nurse2017:

65 interview questions for nurses

"No matter where you are in your career, at some point you'll face a job interview. You'll be asked many questions—some predictable, some challenging. Consider the ones listed below and think about how you'd answer them. Take time to review the questions that surprise you; they'll help you clarify your thinking and prepare you for whatever questions you're asked."

Click here for article.

Also, if you're considering a career in nursing, now may be the best time ever. From

Why 2016 & 2017 May Be the Best Time to Start a Career as a Registered Nurse

"The long-term prospects of hiring nurse residents is good. Hospitals need new graduate nurses and are generally motivated to spend money to train them because the long-term projection of retaining a nurse is better financially than having nursing turnover or to hire contract nurses. To ensure this, some hospitals may require a year or two contract upon hire."

Click here for article.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017: A Very Good Year for the Job Seeker

Looking to increase your job chances this year? Here's an article by Kristen Bahler at Money that can put you on the best track:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Looking for a Job? Think Prosperity Gospel!

Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

I found this at

"Entrepreneur contributor Joel Brown noted that high achievers tend to set firm goals and visualize a successful outcome: 'Ninety-five percent of the successful achievers I have interviewed practice writing down their goals, plans, or visions for success on a regular basis.'"

Are you writing down your goals, visualizing them, and doing what's necessary to bring them about?

Sure you are. That's why you're succeeding. That's why the good jobs keep showing up on your doorstep. That's why you have the choice of any and all opportunities that drop into your lap.


If not, allow me to recommend some of the best reads in the goal setting biz at this web site:

The so called Prosperity Gospel states, basically, that if you can see it in your mind, feel it in your bones, and move your feet in its direction, you are bound to succeed. But don't take my word for it. Read some of the materials, or, if you have already, put them to work for you.

There are lots of jobs and career paths available now. And not enough folks to fill them. 

You've never had a better chance to improve whatever you want to improve.

As long as you believe you can, that is.

You do.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Discover Your Truth

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Your truth will set you free...

You want the truth? Can you handle it? Let's see...

There are only three relevant questions.* Answer these and the rest is simply detail. Ready?

  1. What is it you want to do, professionally, personally, spiritually?
  2. What is stopping you? Obstacles, people, things, philosophies, opinions, stuff...
  3. What are you doing about it? Action, networking, moving around, interviewing, meditating, exercising, changing your mind...
Whatever your answers, that's the truth. The gurus will wince, tell you there's more. There isn't.

You win, or you lose, by how you face your own truth. Not mine, not theirs, YOURS.

And you've been at it all your life. 

The final secret: Change your truth, change your life.

*These questions suggested by Richard N. Bolles in his popular book 'What Color Is Your Parachute?' 2017 Ed.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Five Secrets of the Lucky Life

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Right on target!

Your luck, whether good or bad, depends almost completely upon your view of the world. 

Disappointed? Don't be. This truth is the beginning of a whole new experience for you.
I used to think that luck was a chance-y thing, that it happened or didn't happen totally by accident, randomly. I was wrong. Still, when I first discovered the five secrets you're about to discover, I was skeptical. That is, until I put them to work. That's the key. Put these five secrets to work for you and your luck can change almost in an instant. Ready? Here goes...
(Oh, one thing... Keep an open mind here. This is not some woo woo parlor trick. This process--or system if you want to call it that--works. Read the list, let it register with you, and you'll understand why
  1. Act lucky. That's right. Act. "What do you mean by that, Richard? Act?" Yes. Here's how you do it. If you had everything you wanted right now, how would you act? Get that picture clearly in your mind. Start acting like that. No excuses. I know the BMW isn't in the driveway yet, but so what? Act like it is anyway. In reality, this is more about mindset. How would you be in your mind, in your emotions, if what you wanted was already in your life? Answer that, act on it. Make it a game. Something to ponder here: If you cannot see yourself in the picture, how can you expect to show up in it? Act like you're in it already. Soon, there you'll be--smack in the middle of it.

  2. Open your life, your mind, and your heart to receive. If you continually complain that you don't have what you want, your life is miserable, you just can't catch a break, then you're not open to receiving what you say you want. Open up to the possibility that your desire, your dream, wants you as much as you want it. No more feeling sorry for yourself. Self-pity is a big block to receiving your good, perhaps even the biggest block. "If you say you're not receiving, you won't be receiving." Richard Kent Matthews

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You'll Never FIND Happiness, But You CAN Create It!

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker


 You're writing the script. Might as well be the STAR!

“All change results from a change in meaning.” Margaret Wheatley

The number of books, CD sets, and pop therapists who say they can give you the roadmap to happiness is staggering. And I have read at least most of them over the last 30 years. Some have interesting things to suggest, most are pure crap, simple as that. Many are out to make a buck or increase their patient load, or build a mail order business. Some have your genuine interests at heart but it’s not always easy to tell which ones do, which don’t.


They almost all make the whole thing ‘way too difficult, or simplistic, or even radical. “Follow my plan and you’ll be walking on a cloud by sundown.” Yeah, right. Three hundred pages to wade through and at the end, “Now, what did I just read? What am I supposed to do? Too many rules. This is too frustrating!”

Actually, creating happiness is not all that difficult, simplistic, or radical. It’s common sense, really. Read this little group of suggestions for yourself and see if you don’t agree that it’s not only possible, it’s highly probable that by applying even a portion of them, you’ll find yourself feeling a heck of a lot better. And all in only 740 or so words. Good deal, eh?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Knowing Your Own Good: The Test

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker 

Do you know what you really, truly want--professionally, socially, relationally, spiritually?

Here's a powerful question--The Miracle Question--that may help you get clear on your desires:

If a miracle occurred overnight, and whatever it was you were hoping for actually happened, what would you first notice the next day that would indicate it had happened? How would you know? What would be different?

Getting clear on your outcome is one quick way to help you decide if what you THINK you want is what you actually want. So, again:

What would you notice first if your miracle occurred overnight?

Or would you even notice?

In order for your dreams to come true, you must first wake up.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How to Work with Difficult People: 10 Steps

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Difficult People and 10 Steps to Working Well with Them

Powerful relationships are the key to your success on every level. 

Certain people in your life can be quite challenging. Consciously or unconsciously, they seek to make your life miserable. It’s time for that to change. I'll show you how to work with, through, and around all those pesky persons who may be standing in the way of your personal, professional, even spiritual success:

It all begins with self-knowledge. What do you bring to the mix? You can change the mood of the moment by knowing yourself and your habits.

Is it possible to avoid all judgment? Maybe not. There's a major difference between judgmentalism and discernment. One hinders, the other helps.

Accept the situation? It isn’t as easy—but it’s essential. Acceptance is different from giving in. It's important to recognize when each is rearing its head.

Choosing to see the good in the situation can seem naïve; yet, it sets the tone for a smooth solution. You want to find the good in each situation without being emotionally overwhelmed.

You can speak with both authority and sensitivity. It’s not about being stepped on, or stepping on. Still, a stand often has to be taken.

Are you willing to change how you currently respond to criticism? It can make or break the negotiation, personally or professionally. Taking it personally is a poor habit. Are you aware how your habits control you? Only then can you change them.

You MUST master your anger. 

Kindness, forgiveness, gratitude. They’re not just platitudes. They are health-giving choices that can make all the difference in your relationships. Choosing them WISELY is the key. And get this: They are more for your benefit than for the other. Interesting, eh?

At times it might be necessary to simply walk away. When it’s family or close friends, colleagues or business associates, it can be a difficult choice. With a bit of practice, and controlling your anger, you will discover how to know when this choice is the right one.

Is revenge ever really sweet? It may seem so on the surface. But there is a kickback factor that is essential for you to understand and to prepare for. Nothing happens in a vacuum, including revenge. It's best to keep such reactions in check.

This short article is designed to help you make better choices in dealing with your fellow humans. It’s tough but necessary. 

You’re not in this alone. Now, you can make your relationships the best they can be. You might change the behavior of others (doubtful) but you will change your own behavior. 

Usually, that’s enough to turn the tide.

For more interesting ideas, check out this article in Psychology Today: Ten Keys...

Comments welcome.