30 Ways to Feel Good in 5 Minutes

Listen your favourite song Listen positive classical music like Strauss’ Blue Danube or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Listen to the sounds of nature, music for meditation or birds singing (bonus points if you listen to real birds by going outside) Drink water – you may feel bad because you are dehydrated and water brings more energy…

Getting Fired as the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Getting fired is stressful. It is unpredictable and it kills confidence. It sucks. However, I learned that getting fired may also prove to be one of the best things that could happen to you. My career was always important for me. Even my first part-time job in a coffee shop (Tim Hortons) felt like a…

5 Stages of Happiness

Happiness takes various shapes and forms. Let’s be theoretical for a moment and look at the five stages of happiness or the Big 5: ·         Big happiness (a person is fundamentally happy and while the mood may shift, he/she is usually energized, enjoys the “present moment”, has a purpose in life and knows what it…

Becoming a “Yes Person”, One Step at a Time

What does it mean to be a “Yes Person”? As the “Yes Man” movie with Jim Carrey suggests, it is about being open to change. Most of us are scared of change, don’t have the right approach to deal with change when it happens or lack confidence to deal with it. While the movie takes…

Building Basic Professional Skills – Continuation

This is the second part of the article on having basic professional skills before aiming for leadership positions. I will list more skills: Basic Professionalism Skills List Remain organized. At all times. This applies to everything from your cubical to the notes you take, your files (easy and fast to find anything), your email, and…

Building Basic Professional Skills – Boosting your personal brand

There are a lot of articles about building your professional brand and its importance. There are a lot of articles on leadership development. However, not many tell you that before aiming towards leadership positions, you need to have your basic professional skills developed. When I talk about basic professional skills, I mean professionalism. I mean…

Confidence Boosters

This is the first post of the confidence boost series that will be regularly updated. The challenge is that I will personally try them out before posting them here. Tip #1 When you google Build Confidence you get millions of different tips and suggestions. But here is one that actually works – pairing any of…