Exactly right

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This time of year can be full of highs and lows. The season itself is hectic, let alone all the end-of-semester/quarter/year work you need to manage. Some of you are hearing from business schools with decisions that impact your future, while others are still grinding on those essays or exams for January application deadlines. There’s anxiety, stress, hope, elation, disappointment, and relief – sometimes all before lunch. It’s exhausting to me just thinking about it, let alone being you.

It’s interesting, though, when you break it all down, to consider what’s fueling the ride. Read More


Grateful, and…

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This week, as we officially begin the whirlwind season of packed schedules, parties, and overindulgence, we start with an opportunity to pause. We have a day when we are asked to shift our perspective to one of gratitude. This can be an interesting proposition when you’re in a time and space that is marked by ambition, and seeking to attain new possibilities and opportunities for yourself on the daily.

For some reflection on this intersection of gratitude of ambition, I’m sharing some thoughts you may have heard from me before, but (I hope!) bear repeating…may you find more to be grateful for this week than not, and may your gratitude only serve to magnify your dreams.

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Chances are, when you were a kid, someone raised you right and taught you to say “thank you” when someone did something nice for you. If you forgot, you got a little (or not so little) nudge from the grown-up side to do so. As adults, most of us are pretty good at remembering to say “thanks” when it’s appropriate, and may occasionally even do it without realizing it, or perhaps without even really meaning it. We say thanks almost reflexively when someone holds a door or passes the salt or picks up something we’ve dropped. We’re especially good at expressing gratitude for things we weren’t expecting. A kind gesture or comment that catches us by surprise, a piece of great news or a gift we didn’t see coming usually elicit a deeper gratitude – a combination of feeling special and also feeling momentarily more connected to the person responsible. Of course, there are also moments of gratitude that take our breath away.  Read More