Your skill set and work performance undoubtedly influence career success, but there is another factor that may quicken your progress or hold you back – self-confidence. Having enough faith in yourself to attempt new things, express thoughts, and advocate for needs can be the difference between getting what you truly want from a job and settling for mediocrity.
Many workers across the United States undoubtedly hugged their children a little tighter this morning or made sure they kissed their spouse on the way out the door. The horrific events that happened on this date in 2001 reminded us all too vividly that life cannot be taken for granted, and the impact of that tragedy still stings 12 years later.
Feeling connected to others at the office can lead to an increase in morale, energy, and productivity. With so many modern workers trying to squeeze more into less time, however, building relationships often takes a backseat. To combat this problem, the folks at The Confidence Center in Dallas, Tex., came up with the idea of making September One-on-One Month.
It’s nearly impossible not to be inspired by the amazing accomplishment of Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old woman who successfully swam from Cuba to Florida this week. And while all of us can find motivation and inspiration in Diana’s achievement, there are some other things that working women in particular can take from her example.
Of course, there are the literal comparisons about treading water and steering clear of sharks, but there are also some larger lessons to be gleaned from her story.
While graduation certainly is a happy occasion worthy of celebration, it should not be interpreted as the end of one’s education. To draw attention to the value of lifelong learning, Autodidactic Press is sponsoring Self-University Week from September 1-7. Here are a few ideas it has for marking the event and keeping your mind sharp:
When people take a CPR class, they are taught to directly tell a specific bystander to call 911 while they start to administer the procedure. Without assigning the task to one individual, the danger is that the call will not be made because everyone will assume somebody else placed it.
Don’t you just love getting into one of those grooves where your attention is focused on the matter at hand and productivity seems to flow naturally? Such instances are not only great for output, they may be crucial for happiness.