Motivation Keys

Motivation Keys


Making Your Motivation Stick

Every one of us has goals. The question is do we have the motivation to make them stick? Incorporate these six keys into your life and you’ll create motivation superglue!



Everyone has dreams and wishes for their future. The thing that wakes dreams up out of their stupor is ambition. No matter how hard you dream or visualize that future you say you want, you’re going to need to fuel your days with ambition. That ambition pushes you to create goals, to go out and meet people, to learn more. It makes you see where the holes in your experience lie and fill them.



Hoping for success is passive. Expecting success is aggressive. If you wait around passively hoping for the best, then if the best ever decides to show up it won’t be any time soon. If however you expect success at every corner, then you are actively going to get yourself out onto those corners to search for it!




In order to get where you need to go, you need to know where you’re going. Focus gives you the ability to stay the course. By focusing on daily, weekly, monthly goals you set on the way to your achievement you are far less likely to stray from your objectives than someone without focus.




No matter how much ambition you have and focus and expectancy, if you don’t put in the effort you will never achieve your objectives. Effort is the ability to do what needs doing everyday, no matter how you feel about it. It’s the ability to ignore the whispering invitations in your head to rest today and work a little harder tomorrow. The great thing about effort, is it feeds on itself. The more effort you put in today, the more effort you’ll want to put in tomorrow.



Everyone had bad days. Days that are a succession of things gone wrong. Sometimes those days can stretch out into weeks when you’re working toward a goal and things consistently don’t work out your way. The attitude you have towards those days and your ultimate goal is going to determine whether you’re able to forge ahead or whether you decide to slow down, or worse stop striving altogether.


The best thing about attitude is it’s completely within your control. (That might also be the worst thing about attitude!) No matter what is happening on the outside, you have the ability to re-frame it and see the possible positives. You certainly don’t have control over what happens to you. You do have control over how you react to it.




You may not realize just how much of an impact your environment has on your attitude and your focus, but environment can set you up for success or keep you rooted in an unmotivated spot. Your environment means the way you set up your desk, whether you keep it cluttered or clean. It also includes the people you associate with. Attitude is contagious. If you want to stay motivated, surround yourself with motivated people!


Interview Killers

interview killers


Dressing professionally, researching the company you’re interviewing with, preparing answers to tough questions in advance are all things that are going to set you in a good light with your interviewer. Here are things that will put you in the dark.


A ringing phone

Before the interview starts make sure you set your phone and other devices to silent. Nothing screams unprofessional and unprepared like a ringing phone or beeping device during an interview. The only thing you want to hear are questions and answers between you and your interviewer.


Complaining about past employers or companies

Even if you had the worst boss in the history of worst bosses in your last job, the interview is no place to discuss it. You can say the philosophy or environment was not in keeping with what you were looking for and leave it at that. Remember any negative thing you say will only reflect negatively on you.


Exaggerated or made up answers

If you don’t know the answer to a question say so. Make it clear that you are willing to follow up and learn more about the topic if necessary. Absolutely do not bend the truth or make up a story on the spot. Untruths or distorted truths always return to haunt you and the world is small enough that they will haunt you in places you don’t expect in the future.


Um, don’t um

We all fill our speech with ums, and you knows and obviouslies, but they are distracting, especially during an interview. Practice answering questions out loud before you ever step through the interviewer’s door. Be confident with yourself and your abilities and watch for those ums and stop them at the gate.


No follow-up

Whether you send a follow up message to the interviewer or not, you can be sure the majority of other candidates did. Remember to ask for an email where you can send a thank you note and then send it promptly. Mention specific things you discussed during the interview. Give them even more reasons to remember you and want too see you again.

Resume No-no’s

Resume No-no’s


We often talk about things you need to do on your resume. Equally important are the things you should do.


Never repeat

Even if you did some of the same tasks in a different job or different position, don’t simply copy and paste. Instead use different words, highlight what was different, how the outcome was different, how you approached the situation differently.


A mess of formats

Sometimes as we update resumes, add and subtract from them the formatting gets messed up. Fonts inadvertently change, sizes switch, different types of bullets show up. When you are editing your resume make sure you go over it and ensure it’s a uniform, professional looking document.


Don’t let spell check do all the work

If you think you can let spell check be your editor, you need to completely rethink your staff. Spell check will certainly catch a lot, but it will also automatically rewrite words it doesn’t recognize. Re-read your resume several times to ensure it says exactly what you want it to say, and then get other people to proof it for you again!


Don’t mistake a job title for a personal statement

You might want to become a marketing manager but so do a million other people. Instead of going with a job title, create a personal statement about your skills and ambitions and use that as the descriptor for the job you’re after.


Waste the real estate

You have so little space on the resume to capture the hiring manager’s attention while highlighting all of your interesting, captivating attributes. A resume is no place to list your particular like of Bengal cats or adult coloring. If you have space for extracurricular activities talk about things you’ve done to improve your professional status or volunteering activities that benefited others.

Would Being An Entrepreneur Make You Happy?

Would Being An Entrepreneur Make You Happy?

In the article, How Happy Do Weekends Actually Make Us?  Bloomberg Business reports on a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research that found people who are happy at work, are just as happy during the week as they are on the weekends.


Imagine that. Experiencing equal measures of pleasure every day of the week instead of Monday Blues stretching out to Thank God it’s Friday, Fridays – followed by two days of trying to cram in as much fun as possible to break up the weekly drudgery.


People who genuinely like the people they work with and their work environment get as much pleasure from their weekdays as they do from their weekends. It makes sense. They look forward to interacting with people who inspire them, they thrive on the challenges of the day, they feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment from what they’re doing.


Running your own business might be the key to everyday happiness


For many, that seven day a week happiness comes from being an entrepreneur. In the article The Connection Between Entrepreneurship and Happiness from Inc, AJ Agrawal says the fulfillment entrepreneurs feel comes from relationships they’re able to forge and the opportunity for self growth.


The motivation to succeed isn’t coming from an external source it’s coming from within. The people entrepreneurs are working and interacting with everyday are the ones they’ve chosen to work with. People they look forward to developing strong ties with, who they trust, who inspire them.


“Working in the trenches with people you trust creates happiness. The constant obstacles you overcome and learn from create flow. And the journey of creating a company with people who look out for one another is what gives us happiness as entrepreneurs.”


Quoting a study by University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the article, Rich or Not Entrepreneurs Are Happiest in Study, reports ,“Grads running their own businesses ranked themselves happier than all other professions, regardless of how much money they made.”


If work happiness is a by-product of environment and the people we spend our time with, then it makes sense that entrepreneurs would find personal satisfaction from what they’re doing. They’re the ones creating that environment. They’re the ones dictating who they’re working with. If there’s a particular situation or person they’re not happy with, entrepreneurs more than people who work for someone else have the opportunity to change it. Weekend or weekday, for many entrepreneurs, either one is equally satisfying.

The Airport Test And The Interview

Would you pass The Airport test?


Have you ever been stuck in an airport waiting for a delayed flight and there’s someone nearby who won’t stop complaining about the delay. You try and tune them out – really what can be done about terrible weather? But even with headphones on you can still hear them berating an airport employee.


Across from you, another passenger with headphones on catches your eye. They point their eyes to the annoying complainer and then roll their eyes. You chuckle a bit. Soon the two of you are conversing about your destinations and families.

The airport test is determining whether the person across from you is someone you wouldn’t mind  spending time with if you are stuck at the airport.

How an interview is like the airport test

In an article for Mashable Meredith Pepin writes that “in addition to candidates having the qualifications and technical skills to do the job, the manager asked herself after each interview: “Would I want to be stuck in an airport with this person?” The Airport Test may not be obvious throughout the interview. You may be asked to tell the interviewer about yourself, or what you bring to the table, but during the interview, the hiring manager is trying to assess whether you’re someone they could be stuck in an airport with.


Are you the complaining passenger, or the one who strikes up a conversation?


Passing the Airport Test

The truth is, sometimes no matter what you do, your personality may not be a right fit for what the hiring manager is looking for; but there are some things you can do to give yourself the best chance at passing the Airport test.


Don’t be Afraid to Get Personal

Outside of the “Tell us about yourself” question, you tend to focus 100% on your skills, accomplishments and past work experience. After all, these skills are usually the things that got you the job interview in the first place. While your skills are important, don’t be afraid to share personal details as well. If you find an answer could give way to a short personal story, share it. You want to show that not only are you qualified, but also personable and interesting.


Personal, but Professional

If the hiring manager asks you what you did on the weekend, and on Friday night you were at a party, leave that out. Maybe you saw a new movie that came out, or went to a museum; even something as small as reading an article you found interesting are great things to share. They demonstrate your interests while remaining acceptable in a professional setting.


Ask Questions

At the end of the interview, you’ll almost always be invited to ask your own questions. This is a great time to ask more about the company and the role you’re applying for. It’s also a great opportunity for you to bend the conversation to be a bit more personal. Asking the interviewer what they enjoy most about working for the company shows your interest in the company, but also gives you a chance to hear their feelings. You can assess whether or not you’d be okay being stuck in an airport with them!

The Upside of Being Unemployed

The Upside of Being Unemployed


No one wants to be unemployed, but most of us get stuck in unemployed land for a while. As much as you may not want to be there, there are ways to make the most of your time.


Appreciate the free time

Instead of moaning about having nothing to do, appreciate the time you have. Remember, once you get back into the working world, free time will be a lost friend you only ever see on weekends.


Work on backburner projects

Have you always said you want to write a book or some poems? Did you want to learn to play a musical instrument? Explore the bike trails in your neighborhood?


We’re not saying to abandon your job search. We are saying that won’t take up ALL of your time, so use what’s left to do the things you’ve always wanted to do!


Stay social

When you’re unemployed and out of school, being social isn’t quite as easy as it is when you have a reason to see people every day. Since you’re not seeing them at class or at work, you need to actually organize times to get together with people.


Do not put this on the backburner or skip it! If you’re alone too long you might find yourself getting depressed for no reason.


Make friends with your local librarian

You know what else being unemployed is good for? Learning.  While you have the time, get yourself to your local library and make a point of learning about things you’ve always wanted to know about. You can pick up some pretty handy skills from books – maybe something that will help you at your next job interview!


Stay positive

Remember not having a job can be kind of exciting! You get to look for something new. Soon you’ll meet new people and get to learn new things. Don’t get bogged down bythe uncertainty – get excited by it!

Companies Where Employees Are the Priority

Companies Where Employees Are the Priority


Would you prefer to work in a place where the main objective of the organization is overall growth and the bottom line or in a place where each person who works there is appreciated for their skills and talent and potential.


Of course everyone would prefer the latter. But how do you find those illusive companies that want to invest in your growth? That see you not just for what you are, but what you can be?


We have a place to start! Check out these 20 amazing companies that invest in you (and are hiring now) from the muse!