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Career – Do You Really Represent You?

The key to success could simply be showing up just as you are. It’s all about branding when it comes to marketing ourselves for a new job, an online dating profile, or even in our current workplace. We want to present an intentionally consistent ‘brand message’ so that people (or consumers) know what they can expect from us.  This is also known as a   brand promise. By Daisy Swan When we buy a Coke, we expect it to taste like a Coke and not a Pepsi. If we taste the latter, we feel duped … [Read more...]

Career – Waking up to What’s Important


Believe in yourself to light the spark of excitement “There is no scientific answer for success. You can't define it. You've simply got to live it and do it.” Anita Roddick, Founder, The Body Shop   Lately, when I first open my eyes in the morning, I remember what day it is, and do a quick mental scan of what I have planned. Then, as I’m enjoying those final moments with my pillow and quilt, I feel the simultaneous pull of excitement to enter my day.   by Daisy … [Read more...]

Going For Your Gusto

Lean in and out to step forward in your career. All of us, men and women, are increasingly encouraged to step up and take initiative in our work if we want to be “successful.”  Whether we feel brave enough to lean in at the work place or we choose to lean out and pursue our own path, putting a stake in the ground is essential. I recently read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, her understandably controversial discourse about women, ambition, and overcoming the self-doubt and prescribed social … [Read more...]

Listen for Truth, Find the Time


I meet people all the time who are tired, exhausted really, by the work they do. They are putting in too many hours at the office or the studio; answering emails and texts has become part of family dinners, school drop-off, and even yoga class. So much so that we've all come to recognize the intrusion of these electronic demands in our romantic and family lives. People are running on empty, sucked into a sense of choicelessness so they don't know -- and simply can't imagine -- what needs to be … [Read more...]

Work? Bliss? How?

Over the past 15 years I have worked with clients of all ages who are looking for more satisfaction in their work and lives. This column will explore various career-related topics, but I thought I would start by answering some of the most commonly asked career questions. I welcome your questions for future columns! Warmly, Daisy Swan … [Read more...]

Going Mobile

going mobile: pioneering the on-location spa In 2003, Kristina Schuff and Jeannie Owens were two pregnant entrepreneurs who were also at professional cross-roads. While Jeannie had been a massage therapist and Internet entrepreneur, Kristina had been a licensed aesthetician who had worked in advertising and marketing industries. While these enterprising San Diego, CA. women were carrying their babies, they were also searching for spas that would come to their homes and give them treatments. … [Read more...]

Blue Mountain Arts

finding bliss through helping people communicate How many people can say that while their dreams fueled their career paths, those careers continue to give them bliss? Susan Polis Schutz and Stephen Schutz, married and working together since 1969, are among the blissed-out few who can. I recently spoke with Susan regarding Blue Mountain Arts, the hugely successful publishing company that she co-founded in 1969 with her husband, Stephen. We also discussed her candid and life-affirming memoir, … [Read more...]

The Tao of Sharing

An enlightened entrepreneur with a strong environmental streak, Bert Ball thrives on making good business that benefits the planet. As executive director of the Web-based philanthropy L.A.SHARES, he has created the world's most highly organized and successful materials reuse/recycling program. Along with sparing L.A. County landfills from tons of unnecessary dumping, in 2004, L.A. SHARES redistributed more than $11 million worth of goods and materials to groups in Southern California. With a … [Read more...]

The 4-Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Work Week Timothy Ferriss This book is a more recent addition to our list and belongs under both Career and Money. Tim Ferris has collected some amazing insights a very short career. He shares some favorite stories and examples that we have been collecting for over 20 years and boils them down into a very easy to read, fun and inspiring collection that will leave you thinking long and hard about the life you have created for yourself. He really gets you to think outside the box and … [Read more...]

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