“3 Must See TV Shows for the Avid Professional” By: Eric Halberg
Gain ideas and enjoy your relaxation time with reality TV shows for the avid professional. Learn an insiders perspective about entrepreneurship and wealth management by watching entertaining shows with a sense for business. The first must see show is Shark Tank, a two-time Emmy nominated series that airs during primetime on Fridays. Watch how other promising entrepreneurs present their ideas in a bid for corporate funding. Next watch Undercover Boss and unleash your desire to become the CEO of a multinational corporation with an inside look at how much CEOs don’t know. Finally, How I Made My Millions will inspire you to dream big with your next invention. All of these shows premiere on Friday during primetime on different networks so get your DVR ready to record all three TV episodes for the busy professional.
Shark Tank is the number one must see show for an avid professional. This reality program features “Sharks,” who are actually a panel of potential investors who reflect on proposals from new entrepreneurs. These business executives and entrepreneurs judge the presentation, business initiative and feasibility of a budding entrepreneur’s proposal to fund their service or product. Each episode presents three to four different people’s proposals for business upstart capitol ranging from starting a new line of fashion jewelry to making gluten-free fudge on a larger scale. Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin O’Leary are tigers who go for the jugular, make decisions and offer much-needed advice to new entrepreneurs. Watch Shark Tank on ABC during primetime on Fridays.
Career Corner: “Dealing with Failure” By: Dee Rene
Wine swirled around in the glass quietly as I stood in my kitchen. It’d been one helluva day. My neck tied in a thousand knots and my brain refused to be quiet.
I’d failed today. I felt more and more like a failure with every breath I took. The tears flowed along with another glass of wine. I started to doubt my abilities and it seemed like no prayer would come out.
Have you been there? Drowning in failure, still dressed in your work clothes, ready to just give up?
Here are a few tips for dealing with failure:
- 1. Separate yourself from your mistake: There’s a difference in saying “I failed”and “I didn’t complete this task.” When you start personalizing failure, and making it a part of your character, you only tear yourself down with negative talk and make it harder to move on. Remember that something didn’t go the way you’d hoped, but it doesn’t mean that you, as a person, are a failure. _______READMORE
The majority of your promotions and success in the corporate world doesn’t just happen because you can do your job well. The real hiring and promoting happens at the lunch table! Studies show that managers are more likely to hire someone they feel ‘personally’ connected to over a complete stranger. You can start building those connections in more relaxed environments like networking dinners and lunches. Here are some tips to help you get through lunch with your manager.
Make sure you can keep the appointed time for your lunch meeting. Stay on top of your work so that when it’s time to go, you are ready to leave. Be sure to take a few breath mints! This seems like a minor thing, but no one wants to network with stinky breath.
The Office Life: A Memoir
If you’ve ever worked an office job, this one is for you. Perhaps you’ve seen that I recently said adios to my current job and I’m off to greener pastures (err sidewalks) in NYC.
But I’ve worked an office job all my life and I’ve found some things to be universally irritating.
Let’s begin at the top.
Before I’ve walked in and sat my keys down, three people have asked me a question. Perhaps the sleep in my eyes and my coat buttoned to the top gave the illusion that I had been here for an hour already and was ready to go. I need time to warm up.
I sit down, the voicemail light is blinking. It wasn’t blinking when I left. What was so important that you had to either call me after 6 pm or before 7 am? Absolutely nothing.
Outlook is of the devil. No matter how much you clear it out, 700 emails flood in as soon as you open it. There are e-mails about e-mails to come tomorrow. There are e-mails about e-mails that were never sent. There are e-mails about e-mails no one read and therefore didn’t do. And no e-mail about free lunch. The rest of these will wait then.
There goes the super chipper morning person. You silently pray they choke on sunshine.
Going back to school is the first step for some to accomplish a life-long dream for many men and women who did not have an opportunity to go to college earlier in life. No matter what’s taken you off the path to education, one thing that can keep you back, forever, is going in too much debt or earning a degree that is essentially useless. Not every college on TV or in your city has the right credentials to set you up for life long success. Before you head back to school this fall, be sure to ask the right questions and do your research! I’ve identified two common areas where people make the BIGGEST mistakes when enrolling back in school.
- Accreditation : If your school is accredited, that means that the school you attend has a program that is respected everywhere and meets certain educational standards. If you need to move or want to transfer schools, your new school will accept the courses taken at your previous school and allow you to continue without repeating courses as long as your school is accredited correctly.
There are two types of accreditation! Many of the schools advertised on TV are nationally accredited. Many of your local schools are regionally accredited. Some regionally accredited schools DO NOT ACCEPT credits from nationally accredited schools. This means you can take courses at one school and those courses WILL NOT COUNT if you try to transfer to another school. You’ve essentially wasted money and time.
If all the things I put off until tomorrow happened my life would be incredible. There are many vacations, adventures, and dreams that I want to accomplish. I just end up so buried under the day-to-day hustle and bustle of my life that I put it off. It’s not until I get a quiet vacation moment that I remember all the fabulous things I’d been waiting to do with my life. But then life kicks up again and I lose focus.
My greatest fear is to look back on life with regret. I will not be buried under “shoulda, woulda, coulda’s…” Lost in a rant one day, my good friend suggested I try a vision board.
A vision board is a collection of pictures, words, or sayings that represent something you always wanted to accomplish. It can be anything that you desire to do or to be one day. Maybe you always wanted to take a trip to Vegas so you put up a picture of the Vegas strip. Maybe you want to eat better so you put up inspiriting fitness quotes. Perhaps you want to be promoted to a better position so you print out the job description and post it up there.
Not sure what’s your purpose in life? Not to worry, you’re not alone. You are actually among the millions of Americans, each day, who feel lost and may need to do a bit of soul searching. Typically, this happens when you feel unfulfilled in your career and there are usually several signs to tip you off. Here are 10 of which may warrant a change in employer, maybe even your career.
1. You hate Getting Up In The Morning: You’ve set your alarm for 7am but you can’t seem to make it out of bed until 7:30. You know you’re pushing it with time but you’re moving slow and now you’ve decided to make yourself breakfast. You’ll make it on time, so you think.
2. You’re Always Late To Work: Well, it took you so long to get out of bed, get ready and make breakfast you’re late! In fact, you’re always late. You always seem to think even with the little time allocated you’ll be able to get every thing done in an ample amount of time, not!
3. You Hate Your Co-Workers: If Mary from accounting don’t stop sending you e-mails and calling your extension you’re gonna lose it. Unfortunately Mary isn’t the only one. They all get on your nerves. They act like this job is their entire life. It’s the be all end all of employment. Not only do they enjoy their work, they love being here all day long. In fact, they stay late often to get things done. They’re enthusiast and they want you to be along with them. How about that employee get together after where heh?
4. You Hate Actually Doing What You’re Paid To Do: You’ve spent the last four years in school, took on a double major in English and Sociology but is currently working as an Administrative Assistant. You spend your day dreaming about being the well re-known author you’ve dreamt about as a kid and wonder if it’s too late to go back to school for a much needed change in your career path all together.
5. You Job Search At Work (not recommended): “I wonder if our competition is hiring? Hmm…why don’t I take a look.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the plight many successful women face while trying to conquer the world. But in a recent article, Forbes Women are tackling the sensitive topic once more. This time, they’ve named the top 10 worst stereotypes these women are plagued with each day. I found this interesting, perhaps, you will too.
No. 1: Ice Queen
Halley Bock, CEO of leadership and development training company Fierce, notes that the ruthless “ice queen” stereotype is rampant. Cultural depictions, like frigid magazine editor Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (and her real-world counterpart Anna Wintour of Vogue) and back-stabbing boss Patty Hewes on Damages, paint successful women as unsympathetic power-mongers. It is, of course, a Catch-22. “A woman who shows emotion in the workplace is often cast as too fragile or unstable to lead,” Bock said. “A woman who shows no emotion and keeps it hyper-professional is icy and unfeminine. For many women, it can be a no-win situation.”
No. 2: Single and Lonely
Harvard lecturer Olivia Fox Cabane notes that the strong perception that powerful women are intimidating to men and will need to sacrifice their personal lives may stop women from going after power. Even those women who aren’t interested in marrying, face harsh judgments. Men get to be “bachelors” while women are reduced to “spinsters” and “old-maids.” In fact, when Janet Napolitano was nominated Secretary of Homeland Security, critics said her being single would allow her to “spend more time on the job.”
No. 3: Tough
The first female Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson is anything but stereotypical. She had a hard-charging career as an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal and edited her way to the top of the Times masthead. She’s also a true-blood New Yorker and is writing a book about puppies. Despite her complexities, she must contend with being called “tough” and “brusque,” making the “she’s-tough stereotype” her least favorite. Said Abramson: “As an investigative reporter, I had tough standards and a formidable way of framing and reporting stories, but I don’t think of myself as a tough person.”