goal-setting

Receiving advice from accomplished people, whether for personal or business gain, is a way to accelerate your own trajectory toward favorable outcomes. There are many ways to seek out guidance from experts, such as reading success stories, listening to helpful podcasts, crafting a thoughtful request to start a dialogue with a mentor, advisor or sponsor, and attending big and small networking events.  I find that a consistent resource for a concentration of experts and networking...

Get Inspired from Buckets of Good Advice

One of my and Anne Saita’s goals as business owners was to be mentors to other business owners—a way to impart our knowledge culled over our careers working for others and the five years working on our own content creation company, Twirling Tiger Media. Early on in our business, our company benefited greatly as recipients of a year-long mentorship under the tutelage of professionals at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and we wanted to...

Be Bold, Be Brave … and Be More Successful by Using a Business Framework

July Recommendations for What to Listen to Need a calming distraction from daily annoyances? Science reveals that listening to music can benefit our physical and mental health. Beyond the fact that structures within music can help to communicate happiness or sadness, a tune’s lyrics can further influence a listener’s emotional state … and offer some really good advice about life and business. Here are my picks for lyrics that encourage a different future action. #1 ...

Sage Advice in (Almost) Five Songs

Tomorrow we celebrate our nation’s independence from the British in the 1700s. What better time then to discuss how you can become more independent too. In this case, we’re talking about becoming an independent contractor as either a side gig or to replace a job that no longer works for you. Twirling Tiger Media works with a range of independent contractors, many of whom have been with us since our start. I’ve also been a...

A Guide to Being a Great Independent Contractor

Ever since a friend brought it to my attention, I’ve noticed I misuse the word perfect frequently, at least in speech. I say it when I find a mutual time to talk with someone. When I sign off on instructions. When I’m offered fresh fruit in lieu of bacon for brunch. The one place I rarely use it: my own work product. Perfect should not be the goal “Perfect” may be my current catch phrase,...

Not So Perfect: Learning to Let Go of an Elusive Goal

Cabin fever finally broke here in the Pacific Northwest with a string of gorgeous spring days and the Great Outdoors beckoning. In addition to hiking through national forests and along the rim of a dormant volcano this weekend, I spent more than a few hours doing yard work and catching up on podcasts. One from Planet Money stood out and, thus, leads my recommendations for what to read, watch and listen to this month. [listen]...

On Comics, Comprehension Skills and Your Neighborhood Cartel

When I was teaching at Boston University, I asked my new students to write the obituary they wanted to see when they were at the end of their lives. The exercise was to gauge their writing skills as much as it was to learn their dreams and values. Here’s the thing: hardly anyone included career accomplishments. Instead, they intended to marry well (sometimes to celebrities), have children and be remembered for the good they did...

What Will Your Obituary Say?

In the opening to a TED Talk by Dan Ariely, the Duke University professor recalls a former student who spent weeks perfecting a PowerPoint for a big bank where he worked. On the eve of the presentation, he happily sent the slide deck to his boss, who responded that it looked good but wouldn’t be used; the proposed merger it was based on had been cancelled. Similarly, in Ariely’s book, Payoff, he describes a team...

What Really Motivates Us to Do Our Best

It’s time to celebrate! October is the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s National Women’s Small Business Month—a way to acknowledge the tremendous trajectory of women owning businesses, taking control of their financial futures and packing economic power. A recent SBA article stated, “Thirty years ago, some state laws prevented women from getting a business loan without having a male relative co-sign for it. That changed in 1988 with the passage of a federal bill known...

Women: Power in the House

Every year I do something that pulls me so far beyond my comfort zone that I eventually ponder my own mortality. This year, it’s hiking in highly remote sections of the Southwest where the terrain can be tough and the weather deadly. That is, after all, why I sign on to do these things. If  you don’t have days that scare the hell out of you—that push you past your comfort zone—you are not taking...

Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone