The Great American Dream Challenge

Written by Marcia Wieder

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My Dream Circle During tough times or those days when there is no evidence that your dream is possible, much less a good idea, itís essential to have a place to turn for encouragement. It is important to have a support group around you who are also working to achieve their dreams. When we see dreams can come true, we are willing to dream bigger dreams. That is why I encourage you to create a Dream Circle of friends and accountability partners who are committed to be there to spur you on. The reality is we all have good and bad days. Personally, there are days that I get distracted and forget my dreams. And then there arerepparttar days whenrepparttar 149956 doubters and dream killers Ė internally and externally Ė become so overwhelming I want to give up. Thatís when I turn to My Dream Circle who help me remember and reclaim my belief in myself and in my dreams. This support system has assisted me through many hard times andrepparttar 149957 great thing is that it is reciprocal. I can to dorepparttar 149958 same for them daily. My Dream Circle provides support through ongoing encouragement, coaching, inspiration and, most importantly, accountability for taking risks. We are finding new dreams, partners, investors, volunteers, answers, creative ideas, mentors, friends and fellow dreamers. But beyond networking, educating, challenging and celebrating, we are a community with a shared commitment that is profoundly impacting our lives. Your Invitation to Dream If we bring our intentions, offer support and resources to aid each other, what could happen? During a time when many have lost hope, are afraid of dreaming or taking risks, this isrepparttar 149959 essential time for us to be bold. What would you do if you believed in yourself? What might you change if you believed in your dreams? And how would you alter your life if you knew people would stand by and help you to achieve your heartís desire? Dreams are precious and essential and can change your family, community andrepparttar 149960 world. Your dreams can make you a better and more passionate human being. If no dream is too big or too small,repparttar 149961 real question becomes, simply: What matters to you and what are you willing to do about it? The Great Dream Challenge is to believe in yourself, create a Dream Circle of support, take action and risk and to encourage others to achieve their dreams alongrepparttar 149962 way. I challenge you to do what you need to do now to achieve your dreams and make them happen. The only thing you have to lose by not doing takingrepparttar 149963 challenge is your dream.

Marcia Wieder, Americaís Dream Coach, is a best-selling author and speaker known for giving inspiring and moving talks to AT&T, The Gap and American Express. To receive Marcia's free e-book filled with simple steps you can take to act on any dream. Send a request to: To experience a Powerful Weekend Designed to Help You Exceed Your Expectations & Achieve Your Dreams, visit

Master Chef - A Career Overview

Written by Liz Smith

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Becoming certified is important because it provides documentation and proof of your skills and gives you a competitive advantage when job-hunting. There is a growing trend among many restaurants, chains, hotels, and other culinary service providers to hire only certified chefs, and many employers offer incentives and financial assistance to encourage their employees to advance professionally through certification.

A passion for food isrepparttar most important characteristic for any aspiring chef, but being a chef is a complex job that includes not only cooking, but also managing kitchen staff and a business. As a result, for most peoplerepparttar 149811 path to becoming a CMC begins with a culinary arts degree. The best starting point for aspiring chefs is generally an associate's or bachelor's degree inrepparttar 149812 culinary arts from a community college, 4-year college, or culinary institute. These degrees generally combine cooking courses with classes in business and personnel management, nutrition, and other subjects designed to improve not only your culinary talents, but also your business acumen and management skills, traits just as important to your future success as a true Master Chef.

Liz Smith writes about culinary schools for

Liz Smith is Editor-in-Chief of Trouve Publishing.

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