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  • Why Email Makes You So Stressed (And 3 Fixes For Overwhelm)
    by Melody Wilding - October 17, 2018
    When I’m doing email triage, I often feel as if I’ve fallen into a trance. Every so often, I’ll look up from the screen and think, Whoa—was I even breathing just now? It turns out that I have email apnea—a term coined by former tech executive Linda Stone that refers to the habit of interrupted breathing while checking email. In observing others informally, Stone noticed that a lot of people...
  • 3 Shifts To Free Yourself From Perfectionism
    by Melody Wilding - September 27, 2018
    In the real world there are no gold stars for effort or report cards to gauge your progress. Yet a common mistake is treating work like school. As CEO and author, Sallie Krawcheck points out: Let’s not confuse what made us successful in school for what can make us successful in our careers. While an honor roll mindset can translate into a drive to succeed that lands you deals and accolades, it can easily...
  • 4 Things I Learned About You from My 2018 Reader Survey
    by Melody Wilding - September 18, 2018
    Recently, I asked you (my readers!) to take a survey so I can learn more about what you struggle with when it comes to mentally and emotionally thriving in your career. I like to do this because it’s one of the best ways to get real, helpful feedback from the people I care about serving the most: you. This year I decided to do things a little differently. Instead of asking you boring, surface-level demographic ques...
  • Why Successful People Set Goals in September, Not January
    by Melody Wilding - September 12, 2018
    The summer is over. School is back in session. Business is picking up again. If you feel a renewed sense of motivation right now, you’re not alone. There’s mounting evidence that “September is the new January” when it comes to setting goals. In fact, studies find that enrollment in weight loss programs rises in the Fall, along with online searches about career development. It’s clear c...
  • If we were having coffee today
    by Melody Wilding - August 21, 2018
    Do you ever wish you could have coffee with the bloggers and people you follow online? Because, let’s be real, many of us follow the lives of our “internet friends” more than our real life buds these days. Blogger Jess Lawlor does “virtual coffee dates” where she shares details of her life. Jess Lively (a podcaster I adore) also does a version of this called “Things I’m afraid to...
  • 4 Surprising Ways Pessimism Is Good For You
    by Melody Wilding - June 8, 2018
    A positive attitude is often touted as a secret ingredient to entrepreneurial success. And it’s true: your outlook can impact everything from your sales numbers to your mental health. But blind optimism can leave you ill-prepared for stressful situations. And as every entrepreneur knows, pressure is par for the course when running a business. A new theory posits that a certain type of negative thinking can actua...
  • passive aggressive coworkers
    by Melody Wilding - April 10, 2018
    We’re all guilty of occasionally acting in passive-aggressive ways at work. We may use humor to deflect criticism, half-heartedly say yes when we mean no or signal disinterest by waiting days before replying to an email. Identifying passive aggressive people usually isn’t hard. They’re the colleagues whose snide comments make your blood boil. Their penchant to shift blame or avoid picking up their share...
  • How to Make Yourself Indispensable (In Business and Life)
    by Melody Wilding - August 23, 2017
    Knowing the right people can skyrocket your career. Your network is your net worth, right? Yet the word networking itself makes people nervous. Add to that the expectation to somehow provide value in a way that creates a relationship based on like and trust. If you’re like most people, you’re probably not sure what “adding value” means or how it plays out in the real world. You may want to buil...
  • 5 Life-Changing Ways To Use Sensitivity As a Strength at Work
    by Melody Wilding - August 15, 2017
    In a workplace that glorifies strength and power, highly sensitive people like you may falsely assume the ability to experience things more intensely is a weakness or personal failing. On the contrary, you might be surprised to know that recent workplace performance research confirms what psychologists have known for years: managers consistently rate people with higher sensitivity as the best performers in their organiza...
  • 5 Ways to Take Control of Financial Stress
    by Melody Wilding - August 1, 2017
    There’s no sugarcoating the staggering facts: student loan debt has reached record levels, totaling over $1 trillion. Student debt in our country is now more than car loans or credit card debt. Under current law, student loans are one of the very few types of debt that can’t be discharged, even in bankruptcy court. On the other side of these cold, hard facts is the psychological toll debt can take. The gre...