How To Get What You Want By Breaking The Rules

Written by Michael D. Pollock

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Further, by letting go of this particular rule, Janice began walking each morning with her younger sister. The two had drifted apart in recent years, and Janice wanted to strengthen that relationship.

Here's another example of breaking rules, although a fictional one. In a recent "Seinfeld" episode,repparttar character George Costanza discovers if he simply doesrepparttar 102076 opposite of what he'd usually do in a given situation, he'll getrepparttar 102077 outcome he desires in that situation.

George goes for a job interview withrepparttar 102078 New York Yankees. When he meetsrepparttar 102079 team owner, George tells him what a lousy job he's done managingrepparttar 102080 Yankees. Instead of being polite and professional, as he usually would, George is rude and obnoxious. Naturally, he gets hired.

I don't recommend you follow George's lead . . . not totally anyway. It certainly wouldn't hurt to look at some of your own rules though. Look especially inrepparttar 102081 area(s) where you feel stuck or in a rut.

It might also help to talk it out with someone who's trained to help you find solutions and move forward, such as a coach. As one of my other clients recently told me, "I appreciate your honesty and directness in pointing out things that I've had "blinders" on to."

Ready to break some rules? Go ahead. You can do it. As Thomas Edison said: "hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something." It may berepparttar 102082 only difference between a life that's so-so and a life that's amazing.

It's Your Life! Make it great.

Michael D. Pollock is a Personal Coach. He works with small business owners to help them build their business without selling themselves or "selling out" on themselves. Visit his website at Subscribe to his popular ezine "It's Your Life!" by sending a blank email to

Find Your Ideal Career (or Business) And Create Your Life Resume

Written by Maria Marsala

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Create a list of every career you've ever thought you might enjoy since you were 5 years old. (Ages 6-10 are extremely important!)

Now go back to all your lists and cross off every task that drove you crazy, or that you couldn't stand doing, or that you promised yourself you'd never do again! Ask yourself, "is this something that I would enjoy doing for 8 hours"?

Take a look at what you are left with and look forrepparttar patterns. For example: Did you enjoy teaching in each paying and volunteer position you've held? Does organizing or working with numbers or working with your hands come up in your descriptions time and time again? Does a clear picture of your ideal career or business shine through?

If your ideal career isn't evident yet, try these resources: ~~ Visitrepparttar 102075 Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook at ~~ Ask people, what careers someone would have if they were doing __________ (the things you enjoy doing)? ~~ Consider haverepparttar 102076 perfect life while you are enjoying working. What would you be doing? OR you won a million dollars andrepparttar 102077 only stipulation in receiving it is that you'd have to continue working. What would you be working at?

Now, go find your ideal career (or business)! Or create something wonderful and new!! Take some classes if need be... and above all, SMILE...

With special thanks torepparttar 102078 John Crystal Institute (NYC), Richard Boles, andrepparttar 102079 many other authors who wrote books I've read or studied overrepparttar 102080 years. Also thank you to everyone who was unable to create their resume, and instead asked me to design it for them.

Maria Marsala, Business & Life Coach-Consultant. Maria works with individuals as they design, start or grow their businesses and careers around around what they love to do. Visit to subscribe to "Growing You and Your Business" a free weekly on-line newsletter.

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