Julie petrified ziplining Doing something new, even if it has the potential of bringing excitement and joy, often results in a paradoxical sense of dread and anxiety. Kids graduating, a move, a new job – anything that changes the patterns of every day life – tends to stop us in our tracks and make us

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Gifted Passion: You need to both love it and be good at it “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life waiting for us” Joseph Campbell   Now that you have some big ideas, it’s time to get more focused.  In this chapter we will

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We have all heard that our weight has a “set point”, the weight that our body will try to return to whenever we have lost weight. Well did you know that you also have a “happiness set point.” Sonja Lyubomirsky, a researcher and professor of psychology at the University of California and author of the

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 The following is the chapter from my book Act Three that I wrote about Sara.  She died three weeks ago at the age of 102. The energetic Sara Pollak, who today lives independently in Cleveland, often says that her life began at forty-five. Born in 1909, she grew up in Chicago as the youngest child,

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Thirty years have passed since women hit the 50% mark of all US college graduates, yet men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions and what’s worse this hasn’t improved in the last decades.  Just twenty-one of the fortune 500 CEO’s are women and they only hold 14% of executive positions.  “We have ceased

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Anyone who has read my book will remember the inspiring story of Indie Lee and how she overcame a brain tumor and started her own skin care line.  Indie wrote such a moving blog today about being four years healthy and full of life and passion, that I had to include her inspiring words on

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Act Three Founder, Julie Shifman, questions expert Act Three career coach Carole Haper on her best interviewing tips.   1)    What is the best way to prepare for an interview?  Research the company.  Find out what do they do (really try to get an understanding of this in more than a general way, perhaps by

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(Excerpted from the book Act Three: Create the life you want)  All of us are motivated by different things. I may be motivated by something that holds absolutely no interest to you; you may be driven by something that I never think about. In order to live the life you want, it is important to

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Most of us make New Year’s resolutions and within six months over half of us have given up on our resolutions.   So how can we increase the odds that our resolutions will be successful.   In my research on goal setting and managing change for my book Act Three, I came across an expert that provides

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  Why would I even consider putting such a terrible picture of me online for all the world to see?  Because it’s a great example of me working to get in “Change Shape.”   I wrote an entire chapter in my book about this concept but here is a quick explanation of why you should be

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