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The ABC's of Rebranding Your Personal Brand

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Jan. 27, 2016

Are you ready to take the rebranding leap?

The Curse of the Corporate Title

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Jan. 8, 2016

Why do we pin our identities to something we can’t control, like a title, instead of focusing on something we can?

What to Do when Someone Discounts You

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Nov. 8, 2015

You don't have to let anyone speak for you - but you.

Get the Job Even if You Don't Have the "Right" Experience

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Aug. 26, 2015

Worried you don't have the right experience? You CAN get that job. Here are 5 practical steps to turn concerns about you into confidence in you.

5 Career Questions Successful People Need to Ask Themselves

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on May 17, 2015

Are you on the rise, or have you already “made it”? Think nothing can stop you now? Think again.

No Apologies Needed

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on April 5, 2015

Why apologize for a job well done?

The Introvert's Guide to Career Reinvention

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on March 29, 2015

Some people can flip a switch and reinvent themselves. Most of us... not so much. Here's perspective on reinvention one day at a time.

Is this “small” Habit Sabotaging your Success?

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on March 8, 2015

It's just a few words, but could they be sabotaging your success? Here's how a little habit could be a BIG problem.

Why Wait to be Noticed? Make Your Mark Instead

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on March 1, 2015

Still waiting to be noticed? Make your mark instead. And while everyone else is waiting their turn, you’ll rise above the crowd.

Face an Old Fear with Fresh Perspective

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Feb. 22, 2015

We all have fears, but they don’t have to trap us. You can’t change your past, but you can change your perspective. Ready to face your fears in black and white?

Finding the Courage to Pursue Your Dream

Written by Paul Smith on Jan. 25, 2015

Many of us harbor a secret dream we’re too afraid to pursue. Here's how author and keynote speaker, Paul Smith, found the courage to pursue his.

Are These 2 Words Stopping You? How to Overcome Your What-if's

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Jan. 11, 2015

What would it be like if we lived with fewer ifs?

How to Advocate for Yourself without Second-Guessing Yourself

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Jan. 4, 2015

Are you living in the perception trap? You can't control how people perceive you. You CAN control how you perceive yourself.

What I Learned When I was Homeless

Written by Dom Liberati on Dec. 27, 2014

Until we are pushed outside our comfort zones, we are rarely forced to grow in such vast and genuine ways.

How to Hack Your Humility Trap

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Nov. 23, 2014

Is your humility holding you back from recognition, opportunity, or advancement? It's time to hack your humility trap.

WARNING: Are your Friends Holding Your Career Back?

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Nov. 22, 2014

You've probably heard of branding by association. This is reinvention by association.

How to Launch an Amazing Career: Lessons from an Unlikely P&G 1%er

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Nov. 16, 2014

What's the path to career success? Regardless of where you start, the path is the one you make for yourself.

Are You All in? 1 Motivation Tip Most Leaders are Too Afraid to Try (but should)

Written by Paul Smith on Nov. 9, 2014

Removing your retreat option is definitely a risky strategy. But it’s also a highly effective one.

5 Steps to Turn Your Adversaries into Allies

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Oct. 19, 2014

Are you battling it out with an adversary? Is it starting to get personal? Try these 5 steps . You may find your adversary is a better ally.

How to be Heard When Everyone is Talking

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Oct. 12, 2014

If you want to be heard you have to find your voice.

5 Career Signals You’re Ignoring But Shouldn't

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Oct. 5, 2014

Are you avoiding an ugly career truth? Here are 5 signs you need to pay attention to.

How to Find the Courage to Tell a Hidden Story

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Sept. 28, 2014

Here's a compelling TEDTalk from Eman Mohammed, one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip.

How I Fight (and Win!) the Fear of Rejection

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Sept. 21, 2014

I have a fear of rejection. Who doesn't. But I found a way to win my fight against my fear. Here's how.

Still Pushing? 5 Tips to Create a Career Plan that Gets You Pulled

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Aug. 31, 2014

Tired of getting passed up? Don't throw in the towel. Take a page from successful inbound marketers.

The Introvert's Guide to Getting Great Mentors

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Aug. 9, 2014

When it comes to getting a mentor, it seems as though everyone's an introvert.

Overwhelmed and Overthinking It: How to Find Focus and Move Forward

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Aug. 5, 2014

Sometimes you don't need to go the distance. Sometimes you just need to take a step in the right direction.

Overcoming My Fear of No

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on July 21, 2014

Why do we let the fear of "no" stop us?

The Self Sufficiency Trap

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on July 13, 2014

Can you be too "self sufficient"?

How to Break Free from the Humility Trap

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on July 6, 2014

If you want to inspire others to fulfill their potential, fulfill your own. Advocate for yourself so that one day you may advocate for others.

Don't Just be Better; Raise the Bar

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on June 21, 2014

When we constantly compare ourselves to others - it's a never ending trap. Is it time to reset the bar?

What Are You Waiting For? Release Your Potential

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on June 14, 2014

Are you on the edge? There are many people with potential energy. They show the promise of greatness, but wait to be released.

NOT Getting Noticed? The Inside Track on Making Your Mark

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on June 8, 2014

Make a mark more often. Maximize the mundane. And while everyone else head-down, you'll be head and shoulder above the crowd.

Start Small and Look Up: Achieving Goals from the Bottom Up

Written by Caroline Davis on May 31, 2014

It's good to have goals. Sometimes we want it all and we want it now. Caroline Davis challenges us to start small and take it step by step.

Fear Factor: When Fear Makes Us (and others) Better

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on May 18, 2014

When we face our fears, fear becomes an ally, and gives us strength and courage. And not only do we benefit - others do too.

Get Connected! Lessons from the Checkout Line

Written by Caroline Davis on May 12, 2014

Everyone has a story, and every story has value to a person who is really willing to listen.

Envy and Jealousy

Written by David Davis on April 27, 2014

What's the difference between envy and jealousy? Aren't these really just the same?

Momentum

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on April 12, 2014

How’s your momentum these days? Are you weighed down by multiple “priorities”? Or are you a sleek, point of energy, moving rapidly towards your focus?

Kick the "I Can't" Habit: You Can!

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on April 6, 2014

How many of us are stopped by the word, "cannot"? How many times do we believe we can't when we really can, but don't.

The Humility Trap

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on April 1, 2014

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." C.S. Lewis

The Fallacy of "Trying"

Written by David Davis on March 30, 2014

"Do or do not, there is no try." Yoda

Superheroes Start from Within

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on March 29, 2014

Where do real life superheroes come from? How do they earn their capes and masks? Superheroes start from within. We may not believe at first we are superheroes, but we will become what we believe.

Let's Shine Today

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on March 16, 2014

What if we let ourselves be brilliant?

Leading Starts with Reading

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Feb. 23, 2014

We know great leaders are passionate learners. But did you know that by the 4th grade there is already an alarming literacy gap between boys and girls?

"Leisure" by W.H. Davies

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Feb. 14, 2014

"What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare."

Breaking the Ice - Lessons from an Introvert

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Jan. 19, 2014

Here are some practical tips on breaking the ice in a few easy taps.

Your Goals - in 3 Words!

Written by Rebecca Okamoto on Jan. 12, 2014

What are your goals for the New Year? How about defining them in 3 words?