What’s the Value of Your Degree?

It’s possible you may have missed the release of Georgetown University’s report The Economic Value of College Majors from earlier this year. If you did, I recommend taking a look—it’s fascinating information, even if it doesn’t go into the amount of detail that language majors would probably appreciate (e.g. there are two categories for languages, “common” and

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On Country Music and Career Warnings

If you know me in real life, you know I love country music. And I LOVE (all caps on purpose) Willie Nelson. So, of course I love the song he covers with Waylon Jennings, “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” And while I love the song, the lyrics reference something that bothers

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The Truth About Quitting

I’m sure you’ve heard these expressions before: Quitters never win. Don’t quit! You’ll regret it! Quitting is for losers. Never, ever, ever give up. Even if none of these expressions have been directed at you, it’s still likely that you’ve heard them said about life in general. These sayings assume that quitting is due to lack of

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Inspiration Rejuvenation: Revisit What Got You Started

This week I’m co-teaching a Spanish immersion course at my language school. Since I’ve been more consciously focused on growing my business so that I can create more opportunities for more language learners, I haven’t been teaching classes on my own very often—maybe a class or two a month, and then just to substitute for an instructor

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Creativity is about Attitude, Not Talent

I didn’t always consider myself a creative person. Growing up with a very artistically gifted mother and sister, my art projects always paled in comparison. But, my mother was an art teacher, and she knew how appreciate creativity in many forms, and she passed that appreciation on to me. I have a couple memories that stand

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You Can Do Anything, But Not Everything

On my way to and from Bethesda, MD yesterday, I was listening to a few Internet Business Mastery podcasts. One in particular got me thinking about the choices that I make for myself and my business that demonstrate the importance of considering opportunity cost… Yesterday I got an email asking if I wanted to take

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Failures and Successes

I’ve always been a sort of collector of inspirational quotes. When I was at my parents’ home in Maine for the holidays, I came across this gem, a notebook given to me by my good friend Lisa, which had quite a number of pages filled with motivational nuggets. I’m not sure where I came across

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The Art of Saying No

If you’re a small business owner, saying no needs to be part of your business strategy. This has become more and more apparent to me as I try to map out the coming months and years ahead of me. When I first started out, and for much of last year, I accepted almost every job that came

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