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To Help or Not To Help: That IS the question

To Help or Not To Help: That IS the question

Today, I wrote this response to a recent article on Medium : Yes! Setting boundaries is very important This got me thinking about how most of my opportunities started by helping someone else. For instance, yesterday, near the end of a codementor session , my mentee said: "I know your time is valuable, but..." The story of Beauty and the Beast comes to mind here. Btw, has anyone seen the remake? I wish all remakes honored the original with the same passion. What a cast! But, really, there is a huge lesson in there: The Road to True Wealth is Littered with Obfuscated Golden Opportunities "OK, but, where is this invisible Gold you speak and how do I sniff it out, my sweet Norah?" "Why, it is right under your nose, my good friend!" Here is the secret: Go-to the places where people are looking for your help. Seems too simple, right? Well, it really is! In marketing terms: find out where your target market hangs out. Here is an example: let&#
7 Tips to Reduce Stress & Get More Done

7 Tips to Reduce Stress & Get More Done

I don't know about you, but I definitely get exhausted after a day filled with reactive vs proactive work.  There is no doubt that self-management is a challenge and I am always looking for new mental tricks to be as productive as possible.  If any of you are having similar issues, try some of these simple steps: 1. Write down requests (so they out of your head) Many people get caught up trying to use their email communications as a task tracking tool.  However, sooner than later, you will "loose" an email and spend the better part of an afternoon searching for it only to discover that the subject was unrelated to the request and/or expected keywords are missing.  I think everyone has run across one of these cryptic emails once or twice. Instead, try to pivot from reactive to proactive work style by logging requests into a PM tool.  Some awesome existing web tools are Trello , Teamwork , Asana and for the more daring, Podio . 2. Itemize major steps (as neede