Here’s a pop quiz for anyone who’s miserable at work. Which action has the biggest chance of improving your happiness? (A) Getting a promotion, (B) seeing your professional nemesis move to the Mongolia office, (C) focusing on the positive aspects of your job and trying to ignore the negative or (D) quitting in a fit of anger and landing your dream job elsewhere?

Sorry, says Srikumar Rao, the author of Happiness at Work. The answer is none of the above. To achieve greater happiness on the job, you don’t need your boss to stop calling you at night. You don’t need to make more money. You don’t need to follow your dream of being a sommelier, or running a B&B in Vermont.


“The exact attributes of what you are looking for do not exist in any job,” says Rao, who taught “Creativity and Personal Mastery,” one of the most sought after courses at Columbia Business School.



He believes that the single biggest obstacle to workplace happiness is the belief that we are prisoners of circumstance, powerless before thethings that happen to us. To change your job, he says, you must change the way you think about it. “We create our own experience,” he insists. He relies heavily on Eastern spirituality and draws from many wisdom traditions. “The knowledge that we are responsible for living the life we have is our most powerful tool.”Rather than encourage people to focus on “positive thinking,” Rao wants to banish the whole notion of good and bad events. “‘When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade’ assumes that you have been given a lemon and that a lemon is bad for you,” he says. “I’m saying, first of all, if you’ve been given a lemon, is that a bad thing? You can train yourself to say, ‘OK, this happened,’ rather than label it as bad.” If you think of events that occurred 10 years ago and seemed bad at the time, he says, you’ll realize that many of those events led to something positive. He recalls a former student who was fired from his job and received a healthy severance deal. Six months later the company ran into trouble and all the remaining staffers lost their jobs without receiving a dime. The fired employee actually came out ahead.


Rao believes that in order to be happy in the workplace, you need to move from personal ambition to “greater vision” ambition. “Personal ambition is ‘I want to be CEO,’” he says. “Greater vision ambition is, ‘I want to lead this company so that people want to work here.’” He says that ambition hinders happiness as long as people employ an “if/then” model: If I get the promotion, then I will be happy. Rao says that a healthier and happier perspective is to think “I have a grand vision and I will try my best to make it work. If I succeed, wonderful. If not, wonderful. My purpose is to give it the best I’ve got.’”

If happiness comes only from within, then how can you tell if you really are in a legitimately bad situation, as opposed just needing to reframe the way you look at it? Rao says it’s better to make a change from a positive place than from a point of anger. “You should make a change from the place of being grateful for your experience but ready to make a change and continue to grow.”


Even in corporate America, where so much of work is every man for him or herself, Rao advocates inhabiting an “other-centered universe.” If the nice guy gets passed over for a promotion, he still may succeed in less tangible ways or land an even better job down the road. “They may rise later in the shootout,” says Rao. “I’m challenging the assumption that you need to be a dog-eat-dog person to survive in a corporate environment.”


For more information on happiness at work, check out Rao’s website Are You Ready To Succeed? and two other great resources: the Happiness Project blog, by Gretchen Rubin, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness. See also “The Real Value Of Happiness At Work,” an interview with Srikumar Rao.

This article is an update of one by Helen Coster that originally ran in 2010.



The MLM Mile


The MLM Mile

Once you enter the doorway of the big marketing paradise, you feel this excitement. It feels like Christmas morning. You’re feeling great. It’s a positively addicting atmosphere. Some have gone as far to say “It enters your blood and never leaves.” It’s  a euphoric experience.  You finally fit in. You’ve found people who think like you, products you believe in , and
life changing experiences happening all around you. People’s incomes are rising, lifestyles are changing, troubles are melting away… and you want it. It’s contagious. You’re hooked.

Unfortunately, there’s a catch….

You may have to crawl a mile of a “tough mudder” course first. And you haven’t trained for it.

You may fail MISERABLY…


You may join numerous network marketing companies , make lists of friends and family and TRY getting them to join you, only to be ridiculed and rejected.

You may jump into numerous here today-gone tomorrow internet biz ops (and secretly do NOTHING to promote them)

You may spend thousands on training products that you don’t even use.

You may start a blog and never write in it.

You may make A LOT of stupid mistakes.

That’s the Typical Answer to What an MLM Mile Is.

BUT the flip side is;

You have never given up.

You LOVE what you do.

You have the hope and vision so you’ll go the whole mile to achieve your success!

Yes, you may have made tons of mistakes but the knowledge you gain, and the connections you make, make all the bumps and bruises worth it!!

You’re going under the hood and tightening up your inner game.

You’re exploring and implementing simple ways to put some extra pesos in your
piggy bank.

You’re having fun.

You may have failed along the way.

But ultimately, you’ll succeed!

And you’ll have done so with a team supporting you.

Congratulations…. You may not have realized, but YOU have one of the most coveted treasures in the world.

You have your own unique vision.

And when you share it with enough people, you’ll experience the success you seek.

One of the BEST Ways to express your vision is through writing. And one of the best ways to share it is through social media!

You see, I learned a long long time ago that unless someone gets to know who you are, they rarely buy from you, period.

I can get into all types of copy writing techniques, but it’s not the technical stuff that sells.
It’s YOU.

Now sure, your headline must capture your readers attention! Because if they don’t come in the front door, they can never see your heart.

And the body of your blog post/ad copy etc… must flow from your heart.

Remember, you can’t sensor yourself.  You must write on subjects you know, things you are passionate about, or things that simply entertain you. Don’t fake it. And make sure NONE of your content to salesy. People can smell fake from a mile away… and no one likes to be sold. If your visitor truly are interested in finding out more of what you do, they’ll ask.

Your objective is to ONLY build up curiosity, share your vision and let others into
your heart… let them get to know you and what you are about.

Some people will say “If you hate writing, hire a good one”. I don’t agree!! This is a skill everyone can learn to do and over a short period of time you can get really good at it. This truly is your biggest assets in a home business!

If you’re stuck on ideas, sit down for 20 minutes and brainstorm ideas of topics you could write about. If after that time, you come up with nothing, start going around facebook, twitter, and different websites etc looking for things that interest you. When they do, write them down. You’ll have a dozen or so ideas instantly to get you started.

Don’t wait for perfection. Write everyday as if it were a journal. You’ll be surprised just how many people will end up following your writings. Remember, these blog posts are constantly letting people in to get to know you.

After you’ve written your blog post, leave a call to action at the end. One of the best is for them to comment or share this with someone else!

Next, do what you’ve just asked of your reader. Find other people’s blogs, and make a goal to comment on 3 of them a day. This will allow you to gain FREE exposure of your name, or your brand. You’ll also keep your list of ideas for blog posts of your own growing!

And remember, you’ll get signups because people feel like they know you… not because you’re a good “closer”. In fact, most people actually HATE closing anything but a door! And I’ll let ya in on a secret… most people aren’t any good at it. ;-)

You’ll get signups due to the fact that you’ve writen KILLER blog posts. By the time your visitor gets done reading, they’ve caught your vision, a vision that becomes irresistible to
them. This is the absolute best strategy to build yourself retirement fund of leads! Do this daily.

Use The Tips Above To Breeze Through Your MLM Mile.

Designing Your Future,

Thanks for the great article to:

Kimberly Waldron

PS. What topics do you find interesting that you’d write about? Leave your
comment below. You may just gain followers to your own blog by doing so!

Sure he's a TV star, but Gordon Ramsay also has the third highest tally of Michelin stars of any chef

Gordon Ramsay is most famous in this country as an actor and celebrity – an often angry and acerbic celebrity. In the rest of the world he is best known as a chef – a great chef. It’s a pretty important distinction that is lost on many American travelers.

In keeping with my theme this week of London and the 2012 Olympic Games there, after covering the Games themselves and the city’s oldest luxury hotel, The Savoy, I decided to take a further look at Ramsay and his empire, since he is based in London and the city’s best-known chef. He operates several restaurants there, most notably Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (3 Stars) and most opportunistically for travelers, Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food in Heathrow Airport (Terminal Five).

Because he has nearly as many TV shows as restaurants in the U.S. (Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef), relatively few Americans, especially those who don’t live in New York or LA which until recently were his main US footholds, have eaten at one of his establishments here. The very recent opening of his Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, which I wrote about here, brings his food to a wider traveling audience.

While Ramsay throws things and screams at underlings and restaurant owners on his shows and is famously irate, what at is often overlooked is his collection of a dozen Michelin stars, the third greatest tally on earth, behind only Alain Ducasse and living legend Joel Robuchon, whose more than two dozen stars are a feat unrivalled in history.

I’d be lying if I said I had eaten at all or even most of his restaurants, given that he has more than two dozen from Tokyo and Australia to Qatar and the US, but I’ve been to several and a fairly wide spectrum, from his venerable British carvery steakhouse in the Savoy Hotel (which I profiled yesterday here in my Hotels I Love feature) to his much fancier namesakes, including his sole Irish restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, at the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt.

Like most celebrity chefs these days, his cuisine spans everything from causal to contemporary to classic French and of course, lots of steakhouses, with notable Indian and Italian influences, so it is impossible to describe his culinary style, which varies greatly from place to place. What I find most notable about Ramsay, and perhaps what qualifies him to crucify owners and operators of struggling or inconsistent eateries is his unflinching management style. His restaurants are incredibly well run, well-staffed, and well managed. All the food I have eaten has been good, some if it great, but the bottom line I have taken away is that Ramsay’s secret is in creating an experience, a very good experience, and that in large part is what eating out is all about: it’s a splurge and special occasion and at his restaurants customers feel special.

Great ingredients and world-class service are Gordon Ramsay’s hallmarks. This aged bone-in rib steak is from his eponymous Las Vegas eatery.

Great ingredients and world-class service are Gordon Ramsay's hallmarks. This aged bone-in rib steak is from his eponymous Las Vegas eatery.

The Savoy Grill is a perfect example. There is little creative or revolutionary about this classic, which features mainly meat, most of it red, with equally predictable steakhouse sides and a deep wine list, but from the small booths and champagne on ice that greet guests awaiting a table to the impeccable service and even the layout of the room, without a bad seat, it offers a dining experience sure to raise self-esteem. If I were a banker or British businessman I’d surely take clients here, because Ramsay manages to make everyone feel self-important, no small feat in the restaurant business, especially among celebrity chefs, whose focus is often on making the diner feel lucky to be eating there rather than other way around.

The other thing I like about Ramsay, perhaps because of his Scottish upbringing and formal French culinary education, is that he respects the classics and refines his dishes rather than reinventing them. While he is often overlooked in the currently hot farm to table conversation, at all of his restaurants that I have visited there has been a very strong emphasis on the sourcing of ingredients, and classic dishes are elevated by this, with respect to tradition, not by trying to make them into something else. So at the Savoy Grill, his lunches (only) are served from trolleys and feature old standbys like Beef Wellington and leg of lamb, but it is natural Scottish beef and high end mushrooms in the Wellington and impeccable Herdwick lamb. Likewise the dinner menu includes a section rarely seen in other steakhouses, titled Roasts, Braises and Pies, which takes some of the most classically pedestrian British fare and comfort foods and turns out gourmet versions. The venison in the venison pie with juniper and cabbage comes from Scotland’s Balmoral Estate, the steak and ale pudding gets a lift from local fresh oysters, and so on. Likewise, in his Irish restaurant, located in the island’s best growing region, County Wicklow, local meats, produce and traditional fare dominate the fine dining menu.

Even his casual Heathrow restaurant, which turns out some of the best (and fastest) sit down airport fare on earth, has a good-sized menu of dry aged British beef. Given that I can think of only one other airport eatery with dry aged beef (Gallagher’s in Newark), that’s no small accomplishment, and representative of Ramsay’s style.

In short, while Ramsay’s TV persona celebrates his hellacious side, his first rate restaurant operations, with an enormous focus on the customer experience and quality of the food itself, is closer to heaven.

Tomorrow: London’s finest fast food is tasty treet for Olympic visitors.

by Larry Olmsted


While  unemployment is high, and there is no  break in sight, many people are reaching out to find new ways to make an income.

Direct Marketing

The most interesting alternative to a job is working as a direct marketer.   Direct marketing is when a company chooses to distribute their products through the people that use them and the people they sell them to instead of paying out money to professional marketers.

The great example of a successful direct marketing company was Excel Communications, which began in 1988.  It jumped into the long distance telephone market immediately after de-regulations while the Ma-Bells were still charging  $1. + a minute for long distance calls, this quiet company charged ahead and made a BIG splash: they set up a affiliate marketing program that offered long distance services for $.07 / minute and paid their affiliates a huge commission on each of their subscribers telephone bills! As a result, they made many people wealthy and forced long distance carriers to lower their rates for us all!

“Network marketing gives people the opportunity, with very low risk and very low financial commitment, to build their own income-generating asset and acquire great wealth.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki, Entrepreneur and Author


Today, business is going to the Internet.

As the ‘Big Box’ stores like Borders and Best Buy are closing in record numbers and sales are going online the jobs are going with them.  The market is filling up with one new online business opportunity after another, each offering the dream of an alternative to a JOB.

Rising up out of the crowd is Empower Network.  It’s success is based on the fact that it fills the most pressing need of anyone seeking to make money on the internet … giving a turn-key internet marketing system to get massive traffic to any Online Store Front.

The value of the product + the 100% affiliate commission has skyrocketed Empower Network to the top of the Leader Board as the hottest opportunity in an Internet Network Marketing Affiliate Program today paying the highest commissions in the industry with over $9,000,000 + in nine months to 29,000 affiliates. Many start out part-time but then see the income giving them the ability to leave their job and make more money in less time and without a boss!

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According to the New Entrepreneur:

More people are working from home, and more of them are working for themselves, according to Census data released today. The chart below compares the growth in the number of self-employed people working exclusively from home to growth in total home-based workers and the total number of people employed.

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The number of self-employed who work exclusively from home increased from 3.47 million in 1999 to more than 70 million looking to get into a home based business today.

Is a Home-Based Businesses the BEST Job Opportunity for YOU?

“If you are a person with big dreams and would love to support others in achieving their big dreams, then the network marketing business is definitely a business for you.

You can start your business part-time at first and then as your business grows, you can help other people start their part-time business. This is a value worth having – a business and people who help others make their dreams come true.”— Robert T. Kiyosaki, Entrepreneur and Author

It is also a dream job for people who love independence, want to make as much money as can and do it on their own time, and in their own way.

The little known benefit of Network Marketing is the ability to make a progressively greater income, help others do the same and build a community of friends that share in your success.  As one Affiliate said,

“The rat race isn’t so exciting if you have to be one of the rats!”

Finally,  Paul Zane Pilzer summed it up best.

“Home-based businesses are one of the fastest-growing segments in our economy, and that trend will only continue, as the age of the corporation, which began barely a century ago, now gives way to the age of the entrepreneur.”   Paul Zane Pilzer, Author and Nobel Prize Winning Economist

by Susan Browne

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A job interview is a two-way street.  The employer asks questions to determine if the interviewee is an ideal fit for the job, and the smart candidate uses the interview to assess how she would fit in, if she would be able to do her best work there, and how well aligned her goals are with those of the employer.

“Candidates must ask questions to determine if the job fits their career path and objectives,” says Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant. “The fact that this is a two-way interview is often lost on many job candidates, especially in this period of high unemployment, when it seems like employers hold all the cards. While you don’t want to be too choosy, you must be prepared in advance to ask any and all questions that will lead to the best possible match for you.”

So while you need to use the interview to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job, you also need to be convinced that the job and the company would be a great fit for you. “There is only one way for you to determine if the job is for you, and that’s to ask the interviewer the right questions,” says Andy Teach, a corporate veteran and author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, agrees. “You are interviewing the employer just as much as that employer is interviewing you. Asking questions can give you a better sense of the company’s growth opportunities and culture, the manager’s leadership style, and whether that organization is the right fit for you.”

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There will come a time in the interview for your job—usually toward the end—when the employer gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Not everyone takes it. “Candidates sometimes freeze and are caught off-guard when they have the floor,” Taylor says. Sometimes it’s because they truly feel that they’ve gotten all of the information they need to help them make a decision about whether or not the job is for them, Teach adds. “Other candidates may feel that they don’t want to be seen as being annoying by asking too many questions in the interview. Some candidates realize by the end of the interview that they are not interested in the job and therefore don’t need to ask any more questions. If you’re not interested in the job, it’s perfectly acceptable not to ask any final questions. However, if you are interested in the job and don’t have any final questions, you risk being perceived as someone who is not truly interested, and that’s too big a risk to take,” he says.

Alexandra Levit, the author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success, says if you decline the offer to ask questions you are missing a perfect opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework on the organization and given a lot of thought to your potential role.  “Asking intelligent questions leaves the interviewer with a powerful impression of your value.”

Haefner says when CareerBuilder surveyed more than 3,000 employers for a study completed in December 2011, it found that 35% of hiring managers reported that not asking good questions is one of the most detrimental mistakes job candidates make during interviews.  “If you don’t have questions, this could potentially send the message that you may not be that interested in the position or show a lack of confidence,” she says.

So when the tables are turned and you’re invited to ask questions, do it. “Remember that hiring managers appreciate an engaged conversation and value an inquisitive mind,” Taylor says. This may be your best chance to determine whether the job or the company is right for you.

“Asking the right questions also shows the interviewer that you’ve prepared carefully and are serious about the opportunity,” Levit says. It also says that you are savvy enough to take the additional opportunity to sell yourself. And finally, questions allow you to showcase your knowledge about the company and its industry, and to steer the interview into areas where you excel, Haefner adds.

Asking questions will only work to your advantage if they are the right ones. “I think hiring managers expect people to have thought through questions before for the interview,” says Anita Attridge, a Five O’Clock Club career and executive coach. “Asking a bad question is worse than asking none at all.”

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Lesson learned: Plan ahead and use caution when you take the floor in an interview.

Questions you should ask in an interview:

  • How would you describe the company’s culture and leadership philosophy?
  • Can you please show me some examples of projects that I’d be working on?
  • What is the single largest problem facing your staff, and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?
  • What specific qualities and skills are you looking for in the job candidate?
  • Is this a new position, or did someone leave? If someone left, why did they leave or what did they go on to do?
  • What is the typical career trajectory for a person in this position?
  • What would you say are the three most important skills needed to excel in this position?
  • Who would be my manager, and will I have the opportunity to meet him or her?
  • Why do you like working here?
  • What does a typical day or week look like for the person in this position?  Is there travel, flextime, etc?
  • How do you see this position contributing to the success of the organization?
  • What do you think distinguishes this company from its competitors, both from a public and employee perspective?
  • Does the company offer continued education and professional training?
  • How can I best contribute to the department?
  • What particular achievements would equate to success at this job? What would success look like?
  • Are you most interested in a candidate who works independently, on a team, cross-functionally, or through a combination of them all? Can you give me an example?
  • What is your ideal communication style with your staff? Do you meet regularly with your team, rely heavily on e-mail, use status reports or work primarily through other means?
  • How do you see me as a candidate for the job in comparison with an ideal candidate?
  • Do you have any concerns about me or about my qualifications that may prevent you from selecting me for the job?
  • What is the next step? When do you think you will be making a decision?

Questions to avoid in an interview:

  • Never ask for information you could have easily found with a quick Google search.
  • Never ask if you can change the job details, the schedule, or the salary.
  • Never ask many questions about the interviewer’s background.
  • Never ask about pay, time off, benefits, etc. (Wait until later in the process to inquire about these things.)
  • Never ask “What does your company do?”
  • Never ask “If I’m hired, when can I start applying for other positions in the company?”
  • Never ask how quickly you can be promoted.
  • Never ask “Do you do background checks?”
  • Never ask about gossip you’ve heard.
  • Never ask if the company monitors e-mail or Internet usage.

by Jacquelyn Smith

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See Also:

7 Things You Can Do After A Really Bad Job Interview

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Relocate For A Job



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