A diploma comes wrapped in a jumble of expectations and pressures. There's a feeling that you -- an early 20-something whose most "adult" possessions include a George Foreman Grill and a button-down shirt you've had since high school -- should have it all mapped out. But no need to panic.
We forget that sometimes, whether it is kicking a ball in soccer, making music with a violin or expressing oneself through drawing, joy can be found in the act of doing those things, and not the trophy, the applause or the recognition.
Time is a finite resource, making it very valuable. You cannot repurchase or reproduce time once it has been used. You must understand and be ready for the actual volume of decisions you will be making as an entrepreneur.
Is this just rationalization for not advancing people (or shipping jobs overseas), a justification to avoid feeling guilty about not passing the reigns to a generation champing at the bit for their turn to be in charge, or something more?
As a professional conference go-er, the Global Education & Skills Forum reminded me very much of the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos for its professionalism, and high caliber of delegates.
There is no question that in order to become skillful at any sport or fitness activity, you need to participate in and practice the activity. But if that is all that is required -- practice, practice, practice -- how come not everyone that practices a lot excels at what they do?
Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.
As a single mother and soon-to-be, first-time grandmother, Maria desperately needed to find work. Unfortunately, she'd been out of the workforce so long, her skills were no longer applicable to the marketplace.
More than 630,000 families across the 13-county region are not financially self-sufficient. They are headed by adults who lack the education, training and experience needed to fill middle-skill jobs that pay enough to support a household.
Have you noticed how many of the toys that you played with as a child are still available now to share with your children? These classics have lasted over time. The joy of sharing a toy with your child that you once played with is a special treat.
The "get out of debt" resolution we've had on the list since college may have something to do with the fact that we haven't negotiated a raise. Or that we haven't "met a new boyfriend" because we haven't extended ourselves and met anyone new professionally or otherwise in the last year.
Whether it's a good paycheck, cash from investments or even the lottery, the women in Citi's LinkedIn group want to know that they have the cash flow to do better than simply cover their bills every month.
As anyone who has tried to keep a resolution knows, change is hard. Many of us over 50 have given up long ago on the idea that making a New Year's resolution is a path to anything but disappointment. It may be time to try again, however.