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Career Advice: How to Keep Work and Personal Separate

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“It’s not personal, it’s business” is a memorable quote from the classic Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail”. A film that captures the very real problem of when, and how, to separate your personal feelings from your business decisions. How do you stay true to your relationships but still be practical and ambitious in your career? If you want to succeed in your chosen field, you can’t always allow emotions to get in your way. It’s a business, with goals, and everything else falls into two categories. Things that help you achieve those goals and things that don’t. Separating your career and your personal life can be extremely sticky, and unfortunately there will be times when you have to preference one of the other. Which you choose in each instance is entirely up to you, but  you can’t, and shouldn’t, feel guilty in those times. Here’s a list containing some of the most common situations where personal life and career intersect, and how to handle them.

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Career Advice: How to Delegate Effectively

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Perfectionists like me want to think that we can handle it all. Trusting others with our work can be difficult, as we pride ourselves on our ability to get it done the way it should be done. After all, multi-tasking is the mark of genius, right? But part of being effective is learning when and how to pass along work that others can do just as well as, if not even better, than we can do ourselves. This applies to both the workplace and school projects. If the word “delegate” causes a cold, hard knot in the pit of your stomach, here are a few thoughts on how you can warm up to the process.

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Life Advice: When the Cost of Success is Too High

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As you all know, I’m a big believer in going after what you want. You deserve to be the best you can be, and you should do whatever you can to make that possible. However, sometimes when pursuing your goals, one can go too far and cause damage to others in the process. Or damage to yourself. How do you know when you have crossed a line? How far is too far?

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Career Advice: Finding and Working with Mentors

Close up view of two women shaking hands outdoorsOne of the things I really love about my work is seeing people succeed. No matter what stage of career you’re at, a mentor is something everyone can use when trying to take that next leap in potential. If you’re just starting out, a little guidance can help set you in the right direction and smooth the path to success. If you are further along in your career, a mentor can help you navigate the more complex choices that come up when you find yourself responsible not just for your own future, but for those of your employees and your company as a whole. Here are a few things to think about when finding a mentor.

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Ask Knightley: Passion in the Workplace

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Thanks to everyone who sent in questions. As always, these answers are just my opinion – they are not necessarily Emma Approved – but hopefully some of you will find an alternate point of view to be helpful. Several of you asked questions about reconciling your interests with your careers, so I thought I’d focus on that today.

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Ask Knightley: Workplace Productivity

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This week, I thought I’d answer some questions about workplace productivity. Whether you’re just starting out or have been settled into a job for a few years, the knowledge of how you work best will make you a stronger, more effective employee at every stage of the game. But there’s no “one size fits all” answer when it comes to efficiency. Think of it like an athlete approaches training – everyone has to find the method that works best for themselves. With that in mind, here are a few things that have worked for me.

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Lifestyle Advice: Upgrade Your Life

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No matter how good you think your life is, it can always be better.  You can always have more, be more and do more.  We constantly upgrade our televisions, phones and computers, but sometimes we forget to upgrade our lives.  If you don’t take control and push yourself, things will stay exactly the same.  It’s up to you to get your life moving and forward momentum is everything.  Start now, live your life as the person you want to be, the best possible version of yourself.  Live the life of your dreams.

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Career Advice: Climbing the Ladder

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Working your way up in your chosen profession can be tricky.  You’ll be forced to make choices, face your every doubt and fear, and there will be plenty of competition along the way.  But the greatest quality you have to help you is your confidence.  It’s knowing you can do the job if only given the chance, and willing to do whatever it takes to earn that chance, even if that means picking yourself up after you’ve fallen.  Once you have confidence in yourself and your dreams, a little advice on how to handle the workplace is just icing on the cake.  So here’s a few tricks to getting ahead.

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Your dream is out there, take it!


You have a job that pays the bills and it’s not terrible, but the thought of doing this for the rest of your life is terrifying. Sound familiar?  Well, that is no way to live!  Of course we all have to do things we don’t like sometimes, and we all have to pay our dues, but you should never settle for less than your dreams!

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