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I thought you might like some of these inspiring quotes to help you move forward with your own goals and objectives.

Success Triangle by Lorraine Ferguson

1. Behavior & Goal Setting
- Where there is no vision, the people perish. - Proverbs 29:18
- The joy of the journey is the goal. - Anonymous
- Where you go in life is up to you. - Anonymous
- Failure to plan is planning to fail. - Anonymous
- The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Anonymous
- Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others? - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- If you are not prepared to die for something, you are not prepared to live. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. Attitude
- Focus on your future, you are going to be spending the rest of your life there. - Anonymous
- Accept responsibility for your life. It is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. - Anonymous
- Our fears are more numerous than our dangers, and we suffer more in our imagination than in reality. - Seneca
- The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. -Tacitus, Roman philosopher
- Fake it until you make it. - Anonymous
- It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. - Theodore Roosevelt
- A leader is someone that knows what he wants and then gets up and does it. - Anonymous
- Attitude determines altitude. - Anonymous

3. Technique
- Persistence: Can't have a come back, until you have had a setback. - Anonymous
- Turn your pain into persistence. - Oprah
- We must do the things we can't do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
- The easy road often becomes hard, and the hard road often becomes easy. - Robert Kiyosaki
- There will be days when I don't know if I can run a marathon and a lifetime of knowing that I have. - Anonymous
- The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. - John "The Penguin" Bingham
- A winner never quits and a quitter never wins. - Anonymous

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

1. Ask
- Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

2. Believe
- A man is not as big as his belief in himself; he is as big as the number of people that believe in him. - Woodrow Wilson

3. Receive
- Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get. - Anonymous
- Success is getting knocked down seven times and getting up the eighth. - Anonymous
- Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. - George Santayana
- Ninety percent of success is just showing up. - Woody Allen
- You learn nothing from your success except to think too much of yourself. It is from failure that all growth comes, provided you recognize it, admit it, learn from it, rise above it and then try again. - Dee Hock, Founder of Visa.
- Instead of looking for the success in your life, look for the thing that is going to bring you the greatest joy. - Oprah
- People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. - Dale Carnegie
- Excellence can be obtained if you: care more than others think is wise; risk more than others think is safe; dream more
than others think is practical; expect more than others think is possible. - Anonymous
- You have not lived until you have helped someone who can never repay you! - Anonymous

The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He simple pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both. - Anonymous

Your work is gong to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it, keep looking. Don't settle. - Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

© 2011, Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Careers In Transition LLC - Friday, March 25, 2011


Job searching for many means the classifieds on Sunday. Other strategies include: targeting employers directly, utilizing college career centers, recruiting firms/employment agencies, volunteering, professional associations, Internet job searching, career fairs, and job search clubs. However, most career books argue the number one job search strategy is networking: the neglected art of schmoozing.

Networking is a skill and a planned process of becoming known through professional and social meetings, to people who can provide information about career opportunities. Remember these tips for effective networking:

1. Get Focused - Define your top 3 goals for networking events or meetings.

2. Identify Your Network - Stay organized with a system to track your contacts. There are 3 circles of contacts of varying quality: An inner circle of your closest contacts, a middle circle of individuals with whom you associate, and an outer circle of lesser known contacts.

3. Prepare For Networking - Start by contacting one person and then build your list from there.

4. Contact Your Network - Networking by phone is okay, but respectfully request a 20-30 minute meeting. Since no one likes to be used, cultivate your network and be relationship oriented.

5. Set Up Informational Interviews - Meeting people at their work site is convenient for them, allows you to explore diverse work environments and you will learn "inside information."

6. Obtain Additional Referrals - Tap into other peoples' networks adding new individuals to your list and requesting permission to use their name when contacting the new names. Collect business cards if possible.

7. Follow-Up, Follow-Up, Follow-Up - Taking the initiative and showing interest in others will keep your name fresh in people's minds.

8. Evaluate Regularly - What have I learned from this process? What sacrifices will I undertake to get the job I want?

9. Be Patient - Establish reasonable goals for networking each month to achieve your short- and long-term goals.

10. Network For Life - Build your professional connections before you actually need your next job. Since at least 50% of all jobs are secured by networking, you are better off networking than NOTworking.

Copyright 2011, Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Careers In Transition LLC - March 18, 2011

Who is the best mentor for you starts with assessing what you need most in your career development.  After you clearly define what you need, you can then explore who can help you the best based on the following criteria:

1. Person of Influence - Select someone that is knowledgeable and a "person of influence."  They should have the personal power required to move your career forward.  A great mentor has strong allies and political pull internally and externally.  A great mentor should command respect through performance, stature and interpersonal abilities.

2. Trusting - Without it, you have no mentoring relationship.

3. Great Communicator - Pick someone that has strong communication skills that will provide constructive feedback.  They have to be someone that will share both the good and bad about a profession or situation.

4. Successful Track Record - The old expression that, experience is the best teacher, is true.  If they have served as mentors in the past, that's a good sign.

5. Super Connector - Find someone that has a fat Rolodex or a lot of connections on Linkedin.  Find someone who is in touch with the formal and informal networks of the organization.

6. Compatible - Personality fit is critical.  The professional chemistry must be there.

7. Helpful - Are they committed to helping you advance?  Will they be there for you?

8. Approachable - Find someone you feel comfortable with.  Pick someone you admire.

9. Knowledgeable - Identify someone that is a SME - "Subject Matter Expert."  Is this the person that you can acquire a depth of information?

10. Investor - Choose someone who has the time and energy to devote to you.  A great mentor very much wants to be a part of your success.

Copyright 2011, Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Careers In Transition LLC - March 11, 2011


Dr. Thomas J. Denham

Dr. Tom Denham is the founder of Careers In Transition LLC, a private practice which focuses on career counseling for individuals and consulting services for institutional clients. Dr. Tom has over twenty years of career services experience at Siena and Union Colleges as well as Harvard, St. Lawrence and Boston Universities.

Dr. Tom founded Northeast Public Radio's award winning talk show, The Career Forum and speaks extensively on career management issues. He earned his bachelors from St. Lawrence University, his masters from Boston University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

He has climbed over 180 mountains including the Adirondack 46, Oregon's Mt. Hood and The Grand Teton. In 2009, he survived a huge crevasse fall on Mt. Rainier by ice climbing his way out. Tom lives where he grew up in Albany where he would rather be ice and rock climbing and raising his 11 year old daughter, Rachel.

Dr. Tom Denham has been a professional career counselor for over 20 years. He helps people explore their options with career testing, make job changes and write resumes and prepare for interviews.

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