Don’t Ignore Opportunity’s Knock

When I was growing up I used to love to build things. I would design them in my head and then try to turn my designs into reality. Unfortunately for me my parents only half-heartedly supported my interest, and as I grew older it faded into the back ground. I know now that this activity is one of my natural talents, but the lack of support transformed a developing natural talent into a dormant opportunity. Continue reading

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Gary Dreams of Meaning and Satisfaction

When I was quite young I had the usual answers to that oft asked question, “What are you going to be when you grow up.”  Since my father was a physician, I often as not answered “Doctor” rather than “Fireman” or “Policeman”. My first stated career path was “mad scientist” as I planned with my best friend down the street how to create a laboratory complete with sparking Van de Graaff generators and bubbling Erlenmeyer flasks. However, beyond those images I had little idea of the job description for “mad scientist”. It just sounded like a lot of fun, and as a bonus it created surprise and discomfort in the inquiring adults. Continue reading

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How to Take Your Job and Love It – Use Your Natural Talents Not Your Acquired Skills

Ever wonder why your work tires you out so easily, or why you have no excitement for the career you have chosen?

Are there certain tasks that initially felt like an exciting challenge but now feel like drudgery?

Do you feel trapped in the work you do with no sense of accomplishment or meaning? Continue reading

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Living Your Talents Can Lead You to Success


If you have a positive attitude, follow your passion, and do what you love, do success and money follow? Success and wealth are never guaranteed in any undertaking in life. There is no guarantee that using Your Talent Advantage will lead to success. Pursuing activities that take advantage of skills and talents at which you are naturally gifted increases the odds of creating life success. Continue reading

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Forget Scheduling Success

I just finished reading the book What Alice Forgot by Laine Moriarty with my wife. It is a very good read and I recommend it to you all. This is the second book I have read by Ms. Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret), and she is a first rate writer with depth and surprise, i.e., the stories don’t end the way you think they will.

I tell you about What Alice Forgot because the title has double meaning, and the double meaning gave me much to ponder. Continue reading

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Life, Business and the Pursuit of Happiness: Do More of What You Do Best!

Why do some people thrive in the work they do while others seem miserable?

Throughout my years as a business coach and a consultant, this question always fascinated me. On a practical level, I always tried to place people in the right job for them. But uncovering “right” was a trial and error process of soliciting input from people about what they wanted and then observing their performances. Continue reading

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Claim Your Natural Skills and Follow a Path with Heart

The world is full of successful people who don’t enjoy their work, find no joy in their daily activities, or wander from one diversion to another with no true direction.

In our work with clients, we most often see this situation with people who have chosen their direction in life based on suggestions from others, how much money they thought they could earn, or because they never really thought about their natural skills and how to apply them to their life. Continue reading

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What to Do, What to Be – An Activity’s Dilemma

“What do you want to be?” A common question asked by solicitous adults of bewildered children throughout their early years. I always solved the problem by jumping on my parent’s bandwagon.

“A Doctor!” I would proclaim boldly and realize I had gotten away again as, with satisfied smiles, they would say, “That will make your father and mother so proud!” Continue reading

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How to Develop Excellence in Your Children

Periodically I run across an article in the newspaper or a magazine lamenting the state of education in the United States and how we are falling behind other countries in math, science, engineering, etc. The articles usually go on to make a call for some type of drive for excellence in education or the need to prepare our children to create a country that can compete internationally in the coming decades. Continue reading

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How to Find a Satisfying Career: Putting Your Natural Skills to Work

There is an old Chinese proverb from Lao Tzu that says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” My version would read “Give a man most vocational inventories and it will tell him to become a forest ranger. Give him the Your Talent Advantage assessments and it will reveal the natural skills that a job must have for him to be occupationally fulfilled.” Continue reading

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