Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many


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Old dogs can learn new tricks!

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]Teaching an old dog new tricksWeekly we hear from professionals looking to enter the job market for the first time in years are concerned that their job search skills are a bit rusty. Considering the number of surveys that list job satisfaction at its lowest in 20+ years, this group of job seekers is sure to grow.  Are you one of these people, could you use a few good tips on how to follow the new “rules” for resume writing?  Check our list of “new tricks” that will guide you through the process!

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Angry at the dirt?

Start with this pep talk from a friend of mine:

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]In a tight market there are moments when a service provider is going to feel beaten down by the market conditions.  The reality is there is a lot of opportunity in a market that is recovering.

To land more “deals”  you need to  move through and past many  situations that are low potential.  This is akin to mining for gold buried deep in a mountain.  So I  wonder what kind of miner are you? Are you the miner that spends your  time angry at the “dirt”  or the miner that is  excited  “just needing to move a little” (well maybe a lot) of dirt to find the gold?   My guess is that if you are the angry miner you are not closing many deals.    Fact is success  has nothing to do with the market;  but rather  has everything to do with your view of the market and if you are willing to move the dirt!

The gold is in “them there hills”.

If your  slipping into the “angry at the dirt” rut, don’t give up!   Make the following changes and you might find yourself loving your job as a miner.

Post Good Thoughts: Print and post positive messages on the wall in front of where you work.  Words are powerful; read what you post.  We need to constantly be filling our subconscious with positive messages.

Post Your Goals with Images: Why do you work?  What does being successful mean to you?  Vacation, house, car, time with family, hobbies, post pictures of these things in front of you, it will help you stay motivated.

Give yourself Rewards: Ever wonder why the instant lottery tickets give away so many $1 winners?  It is because we like to win prizes and we are willing to give to win.  Do this for yourself; when you accomplish small goals reward yourself with something small like a fancy coffee, slurpee, long lunch, cool new exercise socks.  Life needs to be fun, accomplishing goals and winning prizes is fun!


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Freedom is not Free

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]I often see this message on church billboards in my local area in and around the 4th of July holiday. It is a great reminder that many have sacrificed so that I may enjoy many freedoms, including running a small business. It has me thinking more about “free” and the responsibility it presents in our daily lives.

Consider for a minute that “free” also means being totally responsible. Being able to speak, act, and live our lives with freedom provides a lot of options but it also lumps a lot of responsibility on our shoulders since this freedom leaves us totally responsible for the outcome of our lives.

We are responsible for our actions or lack of them. We can choose to use our words to lift and inspire or to be critical and destructive. These “rights” are powerful and can provide limitless opportunities if we are brave enough to stand up and take on the challenge of freedom and the responsibility that comes along with it.

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…

Sticks and Stones can break my bones[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]Do you remember this saying from childhood?  It was the very one that your parents tried to comfort you with when someone was saying not so nice things to you.  Thing is, it probably did not work.  The words probably still “stung”, nasty, mean-spirited words have that power; they hurt.  After you have had a moment to gather your thoughts the saying makes more sense; you realize that the “nasty, mean-spirited” words that others dish out are more a reflection of themselves than they are of you.  We are what we say and do, our choices tell the world who we are on the inside.

As I move through adult life I have started to appreciate that my parents’ generation was much nicer than my own.  The internet has made it socially acceptable for many to say really hurtful, nasty, inappropriate things about others.  These “words” are posted about neighbors, friends, business partners, politicians, pastors, etc. – things that would never be said in a face to face environment are said online without hesitation or consideration.  These “gripers” have the “right” to say things as did our parents but our parents made better choices than many do today. There is greater ability and comfort, due to technology, to spread mean-spirited words to a greater number of people.

But alas it is all part of the equation…

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Life Sucks…the rest of the story

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Every day we hear of the negative, the bad, the misery that can be life’s story, just take look at todays headlines…

New Questions About Pope Benedict’s Role In Sex Scandal
Floods Swamp New England

If you run a business I guarantee you there will be days that “suck”; there is no way around it, this is life. In the past twelve months my team and I at Career Agents Network have provided support to business owners who have faced house fires, floods, cancer, heart attacks, deaths in their families, divorce you name it I have seen it take a toll on business owners.

True as it is that life at times can be less than easy…there is more to the story. There are the incredible stories of the resilience and ability for people to bounce back, especially entrepreneurs! For me it is more than amazing how many I know that bounce back from tremendous adversity. Especially note worthy are three of my entrepreneur “girlfriends”, two that have battled cancer, and one that lost her very young husband to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. All three had more than their fair share of challenges in 2009 and all have pulled through and are looking forward to a better year in 2010!

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