Mathematics, Excel, and Personal Decision Making

In the late 1990s I attended a career planning class. Part of the class included a method of handling large decisions (e.g., career choices, places to live, etc.). While the course walked us through the process on paper, when I got home, I started using the approach in Microsoft Excel, probably because my handwriting is messy. Today I’ll be sharing that decision-making process–as I remember it–mostly as a way to help you apply some data to difficult choices. I found that I needed this in my 20s because at the time I made a lot of decisions based entirely on my feelings. Maybe you’ll find it useful, too. Continue reading

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Crisis or Opportunity?

Change can create tension because no one is certain what will happen next. These crises vary by your environment and how you respond to uncertainty and stress. Today I’ll share my rather simple operating principle, as I’ve been through a few of crises of my own over the years. I really the better your attitude toward change, the better the result on the other side of a change. Continue reading

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Book Marketing, Continued

In the past week I’ve been reaching out to colleges and universities with technical writing programs as a way to get the book out there in front of educators. This has been a multi-step, multi-day filtering process, but I believe the time has been well spent, as I’m not contacting people who would be unlikely to buy. I’ve also refined my marketing messages to keep them short, to the point, and less likely to be dismissed out of hand. Continue reading

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Insuring Your Business

As a freelancer, you will be on your own when it comes to finding and paying for insurance…and that’s just to cover you, personally: health, auto, and home. But what about your business? As it turns out, you need insurance to cover business-related risks as well. Today I’ll talk about some of these policies and why you might need them. Continue reading

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Fear of Success

Why on Earth would anyone be afraid of success? Success is supposed to be a good thing, right? You have the recognition and respect of people around you–peers, strangers, whoever. Yet some people do wrong things or refuse to do the right things, which can actively sabotage their chances for success.  Continue reading

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