How Successful People Work Less & Get More Done [INFOGRAPHIC]

8 09 2016

As you begin working a new job, you always want to be as successful as possible. Although this often entails hours of hard work, sometimes this isn’t enough. Just because you put in the time, with whatever you do, that isn’t all it takes to be successful.

It’s the little things that successful people do that really takes them to the next level of success. They build systems and they build daily rituals that help keep them motivated, and help them work less while still getting more done! These things might seem insignificant, but when you do these things on a consistent basis, that’s when you really start to see their improvement.

Recently our friends at Blogtrepreneur have put together an awesome infographic about the little things that will take you to the next level in what ever success you are striving for!

How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done


Get Your Career in Gear

29 01 2014



That’s how a lot of us live our lives.  Don’t worry – it’s not a bad thing.  But as I continue to be challenged at work and in life, I’ve realized that it’s not all about what’s ahead.  The experiences of the past and the present do matter.  In order to get where you want to go, you must also consider where you’ve been and where you are today.  It’s time to get your career plan in gear!

Here’s what I’m talking about:

Where you’ve been.  “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Sound familiar?  The past provides many lessons in leadership if you’re willing to open your eyes.  Learn to let go of the past.  Don’t let it hold you back!  There is nothing you can do to change the past, but if you learn from it, you’ll be better today, and in the future.

Where you are.  Often times, we get so hung up on the past or we look so much to the future that we forget about what is happening right now.  You have great things going for you.  Instead of going full speed ahead, stop and smell the roses.  Relish life’s moments, learn from your experiences and live life to the fullest.  I’m not going to say “YOLO” but you really do only get one chance to live your life.  Make it count.

Where you’re going.  Do you have a plan?  It’s really hard to achieve success if you don’t really know what success looks like.  Set goals that include a plan of action with various checkpoints along the way to measure your progress.  Strategic plans aren’t just reserved for business executives – everyone should have one.  Know what you want to achieve, set the plan and execute the plan.  Remember that your plan is adjustable!  Life happens and priorities change.  Keep your plan updated and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

A wise person once said, “if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”  I think they had an excellent point!  It’s all about the plan and execution of that plan.

What are your tips for achieving success in life and in your career?  Let’s hear them!  Please leave a comment below and as always, thanks for reading.

3 Top Ideas for Success

22 02 2011

I’m a big fan of lists.  There, I said it.  I make lists for everything from groceries to goals and everything in between.  I’m an even bigger fan of short, concise lists.  Can you achieve the exact same thing in three points as you could with ten points?  Sure, why not?

I recently had the opportunity to hear Jerry Stritzke, President & Chief Operating Officer for Coach (yes, ladies – the Coach of luxury designer handbags, luggage and more) at my youngest sister’s graduation ceremony at Oklahoma State University.  I took a lot of notes from that speech on the program that listed all the graduates, but may have missed a few things he said.  After all, my baby sister was graduating college!

Jerry shared three really good pointers with the group of graduates about to enter the “real world”.  Rather than repeat them verbatim, I’d like to give my perspective.

Have a point of view. Having a point of view doesn’t necessarily mean that you should argue with everyone about everything.  As an individual who may be in the job search (this advice applies beyond as well), be deliberate about having a point of view.  Know the conversation topics, politics, and whatever else is going on in the industry and in the world.  Have your own perspective to add with your own thoughts.

Aspire to become. It’s important to have creative aspirations.  Know that landing the job with the corner office or even the luxury of having your own parking space will take work.  Not many people are handed these things.  Aspire to become what it is you want to be.

Have courage. Take risks.  Try something new.  You will fail (it’s inevitable), but learn from those failures and create an opportunity.  Jerry used the phrase to “lean into the pain”, stating that the journey will be difficult at times and that it takes courage to push through.

“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.” – John Steinbeck

In this competitive job market, you will hear that you’re unqualified for the job.  Don’t let that stop you.  Continue to learn.  Network like crazy (but with a plan – and keep them informed!).  Pay it forward and help others who need a “leg up”.

Have a point of view, have courage, and aspire to become.  Expect greatness from yourself.  Keep those few things in mind and you’ll figure it out.  Oh, and Jerry – if you happen to read this, give me a call.  My wife made her own list and I think you can help me out.  🙂

Photo credit: Esquire

Career Services – Gaining Value for FREE (Part 1)

19 10 2010

Career Services: those are two words that are familiar with thousands of college students across the globe. Everyone knows of Career Services, but very few have actually utilized the resources available to them. Those students that have worked with their Career Services office on campus have actually been shown to be more likely to find a job right out of college, according to NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers). Click here for the full report.

Here’s the best part about Career Services: the resources are FREE!! As a student, all the fees and services are included in your tuition, so why not take full advantage of the wide array of career development tools like expert career advice, career fair information, employer information sessions, full-time, internship and co-op opportunities, and résumé/cover letter writing assistance??

I used the opportunity to crowd-source some of the information used in this post, reaching out to university Career Services professionals, corporate recruiters, students and alumni. There are two approaches that I’m going to take with this subject. We’ll start with the feedback received from recruiters and Career Services. The second part of this series will be posted next week. There were two common themes in my conversations with recruiters and Career Services:

• Career Services is most beneficial for the value they provide in the areas above (paragraph 2). Additionally, the connection that Career Services has with corporate recruiters and industries is of great value – one-off networking alone can still achieve this, but it is harder to do.

• Students should start utilizing their Career Services office beginning with their freshman year, not waiting until two months before graduation to solicit résumé assistance or interview preparation.

When I talked with Christian Garcia, Director of the Toppel Career Center at University of Miami about why students should use career centers, he gave the simple answer that rings true:

Why not? It certainly won’t hurt and can help provide much-needed career direction and assistance. Career centers are designed to help. Once you’re out in the real world, where are you going to find this help for FREE?”

Other notable comments came from Michael Hernandez, Regional Campus Recruiter, JC Penney, who said,

As they (students) progress through their academic program, career services should be used to network with potential employers. They (students) often wait until the final two years of school to do this. Students can stand out from the crowd by already demonstrating successful résumé writing, interviewing, networking, etc.”

So, why wouldn’t you want to set yourself apart and utilize the free services available to you?

Special thanks to:

Cindy Billington – Assistant Director, Graduate Business Career Services – Texas A & M University (@CindyBillington)

Mallory Bower – Assistant Director, Career Services, University of N. Carolina –Pembroke (@MalloryBower)

Judith Clare – Director, Career Services, Bryant University (via @BryantUniv)

Tom Fitch – Assistant Dean, Career Services, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia (@tomfUVA)

Christian Garcia – Director, Toppel Career Center, University of Miami (@christiangarcia)

Michael Hernandez – Regional Campus Recruiter, JC Penney  (@MrCareerGuy)

Jennifer Rutt – Director of Strategic Alliances, NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers)  (@NACEJenRutt)

Next week, I’ll be covering some of the student and alumni I was able to gather around the topic of using their career center. My question to them was “Why do (or don’t) you use your career center?” So far, I’ve gotten some great comments! Do you have something to add? Please feel free to leave a comment below, or email me at, if you’d prefer to remain anonymous on the blog. As always, thanks for reading!