I recently had the privilege of interviewing Tory Johnson for SUCCESS magazine. Tory is an exceptionally sharp business woman who knows a thing or two about looking for—and creating—meaningful work.
In 1999, after the experience of being fired left her with a desire to have more control over her income, Johnson founded Women for Hire, a company that hosts career expos for women. As the Job Club correspondent for ABC News, she has earned the nickname “the jobs lady.” In addition to hosting expos and training programs, Johnson is a popular speaker and trainer for events such as The Women’s Conference. Johnson’s new series of “Spark and Hustle” seminars help small-business owners move past ideas—the spark—to create profitable businesses. Read more
Everyday choices compound over time—for better or for worse.
How many times have you given up on something because you didn’t see any progress? We’ve all done it. We live in an instant-gratification culture, and the lack of visible results can be highly discouraging… so disheartening that the tendency is to throw in the towel. Read more
I know many of you work in an office environment. I did too until about two years ago, when my husband was transferred to a new town by the company he worked for. Since then, I’ve worked from my house. We’ve moved a total a four times during the past 24 months, and every move brought different challenges for creating a workable office space. I’ve holed up for eight to 10 hours a day in a not-so-easy chair in the corner of my bedroom, or perched on an office chair in a 3-by-4-foot space using a tiny laptop desk. Read more
Good intentions are great, but to get where you want to go, you have to have a plan and a policy.
This year, my intention is to (fill in the blank). We’ve all made our goals and are embarking on 2010 with great intentions. Maybe you want to reduce your debt and invest more for retirement. Maybe you want to develop a deeper spiritual life or a better relationship with your spouse and children. It’s likely that since you’ve penned your 2010 goals (you did write them down, right?), something has already come up to throw you off track. Read more
Is your new year is off to a fantastic start? I hope so! And I hope you took some time to consider the questions from my previous blog post. I say this, not because I want you to dwell on the past, but because it’s important to have a clear picture of where you want to go and to understand what may be standing in your way. One way to break through success barriers is to be certain that your passion and purpose are in alignment with your goals. If they aren’t, you may want to reevaluate those goals. Read more
One of my New Year’s traditions (aside from eating black-eyed peas and watching movies with my family) is buying a fresh journal—even if all the pages aren’t filled in my previous journal.
For me, a new journal signifies a fresh start. Read more
Women switch careers or start businesses for any number of reasons. For Debra Cohen, president of Home Remedies of NY, becoming a mother marked the turning point that took her from employee to stay-at-home mom to entrepreneur. Here, she shares some of the secrets to her success.
As we begin to wrap up 2009, I want to take a few minutes to encourage you to start planning for 2010. The end of the year is a natural time to consider where you are, what you’ve accomplished, and, most important, what you want to accomplish in 2010—and beyond. Here are a few tips on how to make this the year that you achieve your goals. Read more
When Teresa Carleo started her landscaping business 20-plus years ago, she was literally building a business from the ground up. Her only experience consisted of fond childhood memories of working in the garden with her parents. So she started at the bottom by taking a minimum-wage job watering plants.
Carleo worked to expand her knowledge, eventually breaking out on her own and founding Plant Fantasies Incorporated. Success didn’t come without struggle, but, today, Carleo’s thriving business offers a wide range of services—from flower arrangements and ground-floor landscaping to rooftop gardens—for some of New York’s top real estate developers. Here, she shares a few of her success tips: Read more
Want to reinvent your career? Women everywhere are doing it. Some start from scratch by going back to school and learning a totally new set of skills. Others, like Fran Lessans, take the expertise they’ve gained, find an underserved niche and apply that knowledge to creating a new career. You can read Lessans’ story here, but first, read on to learn some of the success keys that helped her reinvent her career and go from being a nurse to leading Passport Health, a nationally recognized company specializing in immunizations. Read more