Personal Development

How To Stand Out From The Crowd

Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living

Ways to make a name for yourself at work. From the AOL Partner Studio

My Career Changed The Day I Started Focusing On My Strengths

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

I realized that while I was willing to take feedback on my weaknesses, I was not willing to listen to feedback on my perceived strengths. Only upon reflection, I was able to shift my attitude and seek and accept feedback on areas I was expert at. I had to get rid of the arrogant self-talk of "I was the best at this."

5 Traits Of Successful Business Women

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

I've had the privilege of working with motivational women for years and being included in this category is truly humbling. Being a career woman myself I often am asked the secrets to success.

How To Cultivate Confidence

Gillian Mandich | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

Cultivating confidence in the face of a challenge is one of the most important things we can do to create a fit mind and body. Having confidence is like having a silent superpower that plays a key role in success.

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've come to see that instead of wasting time on people and activities that deplete me, I need to "waste" my time procrastinating and playing, so that many more absurd and ridiculous ideas can trickle into my conscious awareness.

What I Learned When My Life Went Up In Flames

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

During the same four year period of chronic illness and injury, I made a radical and terrifying career change, went through a devastating divorce, sold the only home I ever owned, tried to force myself to finish a PhD I hated, lost almost all of my money, and had a personal identity crisis.

The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.

Healthy Boundaries: Avoiding Burnout And Learning To Say No

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Learning when to say "no" can be the greatest gift in your life. Because when you say "yes" to people or projects in order to not lose respect in peo...

Presence Is The Key To Confidence In High-Stakes Situations

Lina Duque | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

I recently had to give a keynote speech at a university fundraising gala. I've given more talks than I could remember, but this time I was a bit nervous. I had no slide deck or notes to lean back against. It was just me baring my soul before the audience.

What Personal Baggage Are You Bringing To Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're feeling frustrated or exhausted or stuck in your career, maybe it's not your job that's the problem. Maybe it's you. I may be right or I may be wrong, but you should at least consider the possibility. A lot of people bring a lot of baggage with them to work.

5 Ways To Disrupt Your Career In 2016

Lina Duque | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

When I decided to start my own social media consulting business three years ago, I felt like I was jumping off a cliff; I could soar, or fall flat on my face. Could I pull it off? What if I didn't get enough business? What would people think? I was terrified. Going from full-time employee to entrepreneur was risky, but the upside was that I was doing what I loved. You can do it too.

Personal Growth Work In 2016? It's Worth The Effort

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

If you're unwilling to do the work, your attitude is self-defeatist. Your reluctance to roll up your sleeves and do what has to be done is probably what's holding you back from getting what you truly desire in life.

It's Time To Abandon New Year's Resolutions

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

With all the glitter and dazzle that surrounds our New Year's celebrations, there also comes the inevitable question: "So, what are your New Year's re...

Are You Tending To The Four Areas Of Personal Growth?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

With 2016 fast-approaching, focus on growth. That is, to grow more as a whole human being.

Encouraging Attitudes That Cultivate Female Leadership

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Parents
G(irls)20

She replied without hesitation: "Well, Daisy was a bit bossy, Ella was showing off and Alice was a bit moody." I responded along the lines of "Oh well, we need bossy people, otherwise nothing would ever get done." and changed the subject. But it got me thinking. How should have I responded?

Create A Personal Marketing Plan To Help Your Business And Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

It's no wonder that when you Google "personal marketing plan," more than 50 million results appear. As the workplace becomes more difficult to navigate and expectations of our performance rise, we are often faced with conflicting goals. They pit our need to remain true to ourselves against doing what it takes to move forward in our careers and businesses.

How One Tweet Can Help Launch Your Career

Lina Duque | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

One tweet that I wrote two years ago got me into the office of a C-suite executive and launched one of the most important relationships in my business today. I could have set up my meeting with her the old-fashioned way -- but Twitter helped me bypass potential obstacles and removed hierarchical barriers. Establishing yourself as a thought leader on Twitter can give you an edge.

5 Easy Steps for Reaching Your Long-Term Goals

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Shanita Hubbard

Life happens, and it's easy to get distracted. This is especially true when you have long term-goals. As silly as it sounds, sometimes a plan FOR the plan is needed in order to stay focused.

The Lessons Dr. Wayne Dyer Taught Me Will Live On

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

Dr. Wayne Dyer's a man who has spent most of his life teaching his philosophy to a better way of living. If everyone would adopt Dr. Dyer's teachings, the world would be a much better place. That was his mission. Though it saddens me to hear of Dr. Dyer's passing, his teachings will live on for many generations to come.

4 Ways to Build Self-Confidence and Boost Your Performance

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Extensive evidence shows this belief in oneself has positive impact on performance. Research shows that self-confidence is a universal skill that anyone can learn with little effort, not an innate ability reserved for the elite among us.

Here's How You Can Become $5,000 Richer

Jagneet Singh | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Business
Jagneet Singh

FACT: 90 Per Cent of the Journey Is Taking the First Step Once you're determined enough to take that initial step towards accomplishing what it is yo...

Do Our Online Personas Truly Reflect Who We Are?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

We can no longer hope to maintain separate online and offline personalities. Just look at the number of celebrities whose private lives are being made public and having adverse effects on their careers! I think you need to apply the same due diligence to curating your online content as you do your appearance, relationships or profession.

How To Choose Your New Year's Resolutions

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It's New Year's resolution time again! I love this time of year because reflecting on where I've come from and where I'm going is a great way for me to stay on track as I work towards my goals. Whenever I make my resolutions, I always go back to the previous year's list and see which ones I accomplished and which ones fell through the cracks.

Mistakes Form the Yellow Brick Road to Wisdom

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The most important step is to accept that we are all human. We all make mistakes. We all mess up. In fact it is my belief that this is most likely the purpose to life. Mistakes are opportunities, but through these opportunities we grow and learn what we are made of and what we have to contribute.

What Does Modern Masculinity Look Like?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Since the feminist movement, women have openly discussed and debated what it means to be female. This multi-decade dialogue has led to a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of womanhood, and what it means to grow and develop as a multi-faceted woman. A similar dialogue between men about the nuanced intricacies of malehood has been slower to develop.