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Why Sheryl Sandberg Keeps Getting More Awesome

Why Sheryl Sandberg Keeps Getting More AwesomeBy Melissa Davidson

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s most recent college graduation commencement speech is just one more example of why she is a successful businesswoman: She’s human.

In her UC Berkeley address on May 14, Sandberg didn’t talk about great leaders or how women need to ‘own’ their success. She’s already said all of that. This time, her words were intensely personal because it’s the first time she’s publicly addressed her husband’s death since he fell and hit his head on a treadmill while they were vacationing in Mexico last year. David Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, was 47 years old.

Dave’s death changed me in very profound ways,” she told the school’s 4,700 graduating seniors. “I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. But I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again. I learned that in the face of the void — or in the face of any challenge — you can choose joy and meaning.”

Here are three ways Sandberg continues to shine on both professionally and personally based on her commencement address and what all of us can learn from her:

1. She Perseveres.

More defining than any personal achievement is how you overcome challenges, she explained. Adversity is unavoidable, she told the graduates. (more…)

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Why “What” You Do Means Nothing to “Why” You Do It

Why “What” You Do Means Nothing to “Why” You Do ItBy Jan Pinnington

In 1977, a young, athletic, teenage Canadian boy changed the world with his heroic efforts and invincible desire to beat osteogenic sarcoma, a form of aggressive bone cancer that started with a malignant tumor in his right leg. At the age of 18, Terry Fox had his leg amputated six inches above the knee in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

Terry spent a lot of time in the hospital during this period, and his world suddenly opened to the magnitude of suffering and hopelessness of others fighting this dreaded and terrifying disease.

Fitted with a custom steel leg, Terry was compelled to help others who were suffering and decided to do the impossible – run across Canada to raise money for Cancer research.

Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, Terry wasn’t even a blip on anyone’s radar. He started his journey with the goal of running 26 miles a day and would call his pledge the “Marathon of Hope”. Enthusiasm and donations began to pick up as Terry inspired a nation of people with his determination and message.

Sadly, Terry was forced to stop running in Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1, after 143 days and more than 3,300 miles behind him. He succumbed to cancer on June 28, 1981, at the tender age of 22, but his legacy lives on. (more…)

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How to Combat Work-at-home Stress

How to Combat Work-at-home StressBy Robert Parmer

April is National Stress Awareness Month meaning that stress and its occurrence in our lives should be at the forefront of our minds. While working from home can equate to desired levels of flexibility and autonomy, it typically requires a careful balancing act. Many people love the opportunities associated with working from home but can feel buried in stress at times.

While controlling the sources of stress in your work flow and your life can seem like an impossible challenge, it is attainable. The guidelines and tips in this article will help jump start your own personal de-stress success story.

Identify the Stress.

Start by identifying your stressors and distractions at home. This is the first step in overcoming stress and inefficiencies.

These realizations look different for everyone, as the intricacies of our lives obviously vary. Pinpointing exactly what stresses you the most and writing those things down generally helps realization to set in. Display the sources of stress in a public area so you are aware and reminded, rather than ignoring the source.

Find a Rhythm in Your Schedule.

I get it; this is not always possible. There are always going to be variables in life that are beyond our control. You can’t predict those mornings when a child wakes up sick or the car won’t start. (more…)

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When to Press the ESC Key On Your Life

When to Press the ESC Key On Your LifeBy Susan Kricun

A little over three years ago, my life as I knew it changed forever.

I woke up one morning knowing my internal operating system had crashed. I laid in bed with the most extreme digestive distress I had ever experienced. The pain rushed through my whole body and went on for days. And days.

I thought I had eaten something that disagreed with my body. So I adjusted my diet. Nothing helped, though. I continued to feel worse and worse. I felt like a broken down machine, oozing out everywhere like Jabba the Hutt.

I was once able to eat anything – spicy, ethnic and everything in between. To say my diet is still currently limited and my life is different than it was back then is the understatement of the century. However, as crazy and cliché, as it sounds, I wouldn’t give up what I went through for anything.

Thanks to my body’s total distress, I know what it means to truly love yourself.

My circumstances forced me into getting quiet and actually dealing with my stuff. I was guilty of being an emotional eater. I had a habit of numbing out my feelings with food. And I had to address that and fix it.

Instead of dealing with a relationship that I had to leave, I would cope with a box of cereal, or a pint of ice cream, or candy bars. “Salty, sweet, crunchy – what’s my fix for tonight?” I’d ask myself on my way home from a night out with friends. (more…)

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Change Your Vocabulary to Better Your Life

Change Your Vocabulary to Better Your LifeBy Carrie Severson

As an entrepreneur of two businesses, I’m too familiar with the word enough. For years, I used that word as though it were my business model.

I would show gratitude for a check that came in that was enough to cover a bill. And then I did it the next day. And the day after that. All I manifested was a financial flow just enough to cover what I needed to be covered.

My first business is a nonprofit, and I hit burnout pretty hard a few years into it. When I finally stopped running and gave myself permission to accept burnout, I had to also accept the fact that I was solely responsible for my burnout. I was solely responsible for my patterns and behavior. And our patterns and behavior in life all starts with our language.

During my recovery, I had to examine my very own operating system to understand how I manifested burnout. As a storyteller turned entrepreneur, I finally decided to look at my language. I went back through my journals and read old entries. I was utterly shocked by my words.

I had created my own burnout in my daily journal entries. The word enough was everywhere. I tossed it around like confetti.

Our vocabulary acts like a powerful magnet. The words we use attract their definition to us. (more…)

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