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From Hello Beautiful
Growing up, the only thing that could separate me and my best friends Alexis and Shavon from hanging out was being put on punishment by our mothers. Aside from that, all three of us were tied at the hip, oftentimes walking home from school and then getting on the phone later that night to discuss how fineStephán Urkél was or was going on between Dawson and Joey on the latest episode of “Dawson’s Creek.”
Things began to change when boys started getting our attention, but nonetheless, we made adjustments as girls and still maintained our relationship. In some cases, we became closer than ever when we learned those hard lessons only young love can teach you. But somewhere after college and the introduction to the real world, I realized having adult relationships would prove to be as daunting as a full-time job.
For the record, as a woman, having a solid core of female friends is not only important, it’s a lifeline. My friends provide different perspectives and oftentimes hard truths that I need to hear. However, with an aggressive work week that far exceeds 40 hours, coupled with an unrelenting fire and ambition that equates to long hours on the computer far past 5pm, sometimes picking up the phone to say ‘hey girl,’ is exhausting.
I know that sounds selfish at best, and lazy at worst, but it’s honest. It does not mean I love my girls any less. I have very few friends that understand that I can indeed love them from a distance, as well as love them sporadically, without becoming offended. These 20s that I am living in are the most detrimental years to my life and my career.
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Why is it so paralyzing, this decision-making stuff?
We have to make decisions every day about the little things: what to eat, where to shop, what to say to this person or that. And often enough we have big decisions to make too, like whether to go back to school or move from one town to another or change jobs or careers. Or, maybe, it’s a decision about a relationship — is it working for you? Can it work for you?
If you find yourself feeling anxious, irritated or stressed about having to make a decision, regardless of what the issue seems to be on the surface — man, job, friend, or move etc. — the fact is, that man is not really the problem. Or rather, he’s about 10 percent of the problem. This is quite easily remedied, with confidence, once you get nice and clear and solid on the other 90 percent.
In reality, the biggest issue for most people who stress about making decisions is what I call the “self-doubt double whammy”:
a. You lack trust in your perception of yourself and of the world around you; and
b. You’re stuck in some limited thinking, imagining that you have to get this decision right or else… The “or else” might be, “or else, I’m a failure.” Or it might be “or else others will judge me”. It might be “or else I’ll never have/get/do/be what I want.” Or… some other “or else” that’s just as irrational and limiting.
Read more at YourTango.com
From Black Enterprise
Kanyessa McMahon recognized an opportunity and jumped on it. In 2008, after a frustrating four-month stint working at a video production company, she acted on her entrepreneurial aspirations.
“I was 25 at the time,” says McMahon. “My job wasn’t working out because I wasn’t getting paid on time. My paychecks were bouncing, and my skills weren’t being utilized.”
McMahon left the company and, through an industry connection, acquired her first client—Nike. The 31-year-old now calls the shots as head of her own production company.
“Most people who become wealthy do it through entrepreneurship,” says Lanta Evans-Motte, a financial adviser at Raymond James, a diversified financial services holding company.
A recent study by U.S. Trust, which surveys high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth Americans, revealed that 84% of the survey’s 450 wealthy respondents earned their wealth themselves.
Read more at BlackEnterprise.com
Cubicle Confessions is a new MN Business column bringing you real-life office horror stories from MadameNoire readers. This week’s topic is calling into work sick. What’s the most outrageous excuse you’ve used to skip work? Did you get busted or did it work? Here’s what some of our readers said:
Raya: I told my mgr my Bathroom pipes busted and I am standing ankle deep in water!! Although it was a 87 degree day and I went bike riding with my friends!
Aisha: A car accident came to work next day arm in a sling so i can pickup my check and leave.
Sonia: I know someone who said they were being kidnapped by someone they were involved with and he took her out of state and she was stuck out in Arizona and couldn’t get home. Boss sent money to her and she said when she got home she was going to press charges. She got to work person in question had started the week prior and had an alibi from her boss. He filled in for her. This all for a weekend off and left with no job.
Juli: Tires were slashed by some neighborhood kids. In reality, I had Steeler tickets.
Andrea: I told my manager I was bit by a spider and my feet had swollen up so bad I couldn’t drive to work. I just stayed in bed with my boo all day. It worked!
Londy: Faked a funeral to attend the crawfish festival in 2002. Made an obituary and everything. It worked.
Kariene: Said my grandmother passed away but she was already dead so I was lying but not…
Joyce: No babysitter gotta stay home with the kids and i dont have kids.
Jasmine: that my car was stolen. so stupid… had to tell them it was recovered and given back 2 days later next time i came to work. I was like 17.
You know you’ve done it–called in sick to work when you weren’t. In fact more than 30 percent of workers call out sick when they aren’t, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.
But that’s not the surprise. What’s shocking are the unbelievable excuses people give when they call out. the reasons some people give are just unbelievable. “From loss of false teeth, to bizarre bee attacks, employees tend to get pretty creative, faking sickness, and are often checked up on by employers,” reports Black Enterprise.
According to the survey, in the past year, 32 percent of workers have called in sick when not actually ill. This is up slightly from last year. And 30 percent of employees say they’ve gone to work despite actually being sick in order to save their sick days for when they’re feeling well. The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive, also revealed that 20 percent of workers say in the past year they called in sick but still ended up doing work from home throughout the day.
But some bosses actually check out the sick day excuses. Some 30 percent of employers say that they have checked in on employees who have called in sick to make sure the excuse was real, with 64 percent requiring a doctor’s note, 48 percent calling the employee, 19 percent checking out the employee’s social media posts, and 17 percent having another employee call the sick employee.
So what excuses are people using when they don’t just pull the old “I’m sick” line? Here are the most outrageous:
- Employee’s favorite football team lost on Sunday so needed Monday to recover
- Employee was quitting smoking and was grouchy
- Employee said that someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn’t leave the house to come to work
- Employee said the chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift
- Employee’s fake eye was falling out of its socket
- Employee got lost and ended up in another state
- Employee couldn’t decide what to wear
What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever used for a sick day?
Black Enterprise asked a number of entrepreneurs about the must-have tech skills other up-and-coming business people should have.
Question: What is ONE baseline tech skill all entrepreneurs should have a good handle on before starting up?
Know How to Wireframe
“Being able to wireframe a page is an incredible important skill for technology development. It’s critical for being able to properly and ideally communicate with your technical and product teams. While not a coding skill per se, it requires understanding how sites or apps are designed, and the more advanced wireframing can involve complex software. Be sure to develop this skill before starting up.”
- Doreen Bloch | CEO / Founder, Poshly Inc.
Managing an Inbox
“It sounds basic, but most people drown in email without any skill for how to manage, delegate, and reign it in. If you aren’t careful, email can take your entire day. Use tools like filtering, auto-forwarding, labeling and auto-responders to clear out your inbox quickly so you can get on to the business of actually running your company.”
- Laura Roeder | Founder, LKR Social Media
How To Learn New Tech Skills!
“The most important tech skill that you could learn is the ability to learn new ones. That might seem like a hard skill to acquire, but it’s actually pretty simple if you practice learning and researching new things using search engines to find solutions to problems. Try it now: find a solution to one of your tech problems, and you’ll be on your way in no time!”
For more, click to BlackEnterprise.com.
From Black Enterprise
Over the years, I‘ve focused much of my personal and professional time on studying career success. Particularly, I’m quite fond of learning more about highly successful people and high performers. Consequently, I’ve made a conscious effort to develop a network that’s comprised of extraordinarily successful people. During my personal conversations with highly successful professionals such as Les Brown, John C. Maxwell, George Fraser, Farrah Gray, and Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., I typically ask them for their top success principles. So from speaking with such esteemed trailblazers, I’ve learned the secrets to achieving high levels of career success as I’ve highlighted in one of my previous posts.
The following five success principles will help you to properly manage your success and prevent you from landing on the “one-hit wonder” list of exemplary leaders as you continue to grow and cultivate a professional reputation:
Les Brown (celebrity motivational speaker):
Be hungry for success.
You must possess an inherent drive for achieving extraordinary success because there will be some internal hurdles along the way that you will have to overcome throughout your career. Having a “nothing’s going to stop me” mentality can help you fuel your success with as positive mind as you jump over these hurdles. More likely than not, you will also encounter many external reasons, excuses, and circumstances as to why you should quit. But you will never reach the true peak of your success if you give up. In the words of Brown, “you’ve got to be hungry“ in order to keep your success going throughout your entire career.
John C. Maxwell, Author, Speaker and Pastor
Accountability for both successes and failures.
It’s not a big surprise that individuals who work hard to become great leaders typically experience more success than the average person. So if you want to become successful, focus your attention on developing your leadership skills, traits, and behaviors. But more importantly, in Maxwell’s teachings he fully emphasizes the importance of leaders accepting accountability for their wins and losses alike. You should learn from your good and bad experiences with success so you can keep climbing the ladder to higher heights. If not, it’s a good chance that you might become stuck at some point in your career field if you don’t keep yourself accountable for your professional growth.
Read more at BlackEnterprise.com
From Black Enterprise
According to a recent study, married or cohabiting women who work in traditionally female jobs spent more time on housework than those in traditionally male jobs, and their husbands (or partners) in female-dominated jobs did more chores in the home as well.
So, men who are in occupations where female workers are dominant, ie. teaching, childcare, or nursing, do more housework, while women who might work in the construction, tech, or sports fields do less.
These findings by Elizabeth Aura McClintock, a sociologist of the University of Notre Dame, come at a time when, no matter the industry or who’s dominating, women still earn less than men and40% of all households with children under 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.
Read more at BlackEnterprise.com
Keep your eyes on the prize, ladies. The sexual revolution, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Oprah, the shifting economy… there are countless components that have gone into the progress and success of women in the world, in the home, and in the workplace. Women have advanced in media, in politics, in sciences and in big business, and they’ve done this by utilizing skill sets, and by identifying and actualizing goals that they’ve set for themselves. While every woman can’t be Condoleezza Rice or Martha Stewart, every woman can set certain goals in place for herself so that life may be as fulfilling as possible.
As we continue to enjoy what’s left of the summer months of 2013, many of us will take time out of our work schedules to vacation. Whether it is with family for a reunion, or a girl’s trip to an island, our work calendars and duties on the job have to be planned strategically in order to be able to unplug and truly enjoy our time away.
Though most of us would prefer and sometimes outright demand a vacation with no work distractions, many people are opting to keep the work phones nearby, check in with their bosses and review sales reports and other documents while sipping Mai Tais. Which are you?
1) You display extreme dedication to your job and work responsibilities.
2) There will not be millions of unanswered emails to return to.
3) Getting a head-start on upcoming projects can ease upcoming stress.
4) Your colleagues won’t be in limbo if they are waiting on correspondence from you in an effort to move forward with a task or project.
5) You will not miss out on any new business opportunities that may come during this time of vacation.
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com