Book Review: Strengths Finder 2.0

Strengths Finder 2.0Do you know your strengths? It’s likely you’re not able to use them every day while at the office or home. So many of us move through life without truly tapping into our talents and strengths.

Strengths Finder has been around for many years. The first version came out in 2001 and my husband introduced it to me several years ago when he was at a large Silicon Valley corporation that used it.

Strengths Finder 2.0 is a reference guide by Tom Rath that is based on research from Gallup and Dr. Don Clifton, Father of Strengths Psychology. I call it a reference guide because you can use for years after you complete the assessment tool that comes with the book. You’ll begin with the first chapter that sets up the importance of understanding our own unique strengths and how they impact all aspects of your life. Continue reading

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia AmorusoAre you a #GIRLBOSS? Sophia Amoruso sure is and her  New York Times bestseller shares just how she grew her business from its MySpace beginnings to a $250- million fashion retailer success story.

I had never heard of Sophia Amoruso or her business Nasty Gal other than seeing her book on the “must-read” lists. We had a secret Santa gift exchange at the office and I received the book as a gift.

I love learning about successful business women, not so much about their net worth, but the journey to success they experienced. So I was excited to read the book and I’m glad I didn’t read the reviews prior to starting it. They’re a mixed bag of praise and criticism. Continue reading

Book Review: Body of Work

Book Review: Body of WorkJob longevity is becoming more rare these days. An employee staying at a job over 5 to 10 years is almost shocking. It’s not because people are fickle, but industries cycle and positions are cut.

As employees, we often get locked into tunnel thinking. Our job title becomes our identity and we can forget that we do so much more outside of work. That’s a scary mindset when you can lose your job at any time. Here today, gone tomorrow. Continue reading

Fear, Confidence and Stuff In Between

Fear, Confidence and Stuff In BetweenMy hubs and I worked on a relocation plan for over five years. I didn’t post too much about it because I really didn’t know if it would happen.

The truth is I was feeling pretty scared about taking the leap. Excited but scared.

We had many discussions about the kids, our family goals and the purpose of relocating. Why would anyone want to leave the Bay Area and move to Arizona? I think our move would have been financed if we were paid a dollar for every random comment about it being hot in Arizona. The more  comments I heard meant the more insecure I felt about what we truly wanted to do.

That’s what happens so often when we share our dreams and goals with the wrong people. They knock it down and make you second guess what you are doing. I started thinking about that fear, my confidence and all of that stuff that happens in between. Continue reading

The Interviews: Being So Rad!

Interview with Jasmine BashajMeet Jasmine. She is an entrepreneur who started her baby clothing company So Rad in 2009.

She offers tips and advice that not only budding entrepreneurs should hear, but also anyone who wants to start something new.  The first step you take can lead you into a life changing journey. 

Thanks for joining us Jasmine! Tell us about yourself, your career and business.
I’m Jasmine Bashaj, the owner of So Rad. I design baby clothing styles and the prints that go on them to create seasonal collections that are functional, fun and stylish. I have 3 jobs and 2 kids with another baby on the way. I’m a digital illustrator by trade and I continue to do freelance for a stock company in the US. I’m a professor at a local college in Toronto and I’ve got So Rad to keep me busy since I’m not busy enough I teach Photoshop, Illustrator and a studio simulation class. Continue reading

When the Entrepreneurial Bug Bites and So Do The Critics

Do you remember as a kid selling cookies for the Girl Scouts or Christmas ornaments for a school fundraiser? I did those things, except I sold cookies as a Brownie and miles for the walk-a-thon. I sold gift baskets for the neighbor across the street when she started a business and I even tried a lemonade stand at one point.

I remember my Dad building these test thermometer thingies in the garage when I was a kid as a side hustle to the corporate job before I understood what a side hustle really was. Thank you Pam Slim! Continue reading