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Bravo TV’s Jewel Tankard Talks Motivating Others Toward Financial Success

'I have learned to stop expecting perfection'

Reality TV’s Jewel Tankard tells how she helps motivate others toward financial and spiritual success.

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Motivation Monday: Create A Playlist To Help Alleviate Stress

Here's a great way to get the creative juices flowing

In a mental rut at work? No problem. Here’s a strategy to get the creative…

By Pervis Taylor, III

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From Homeless to Motivator: How One Man Turned His Story Into National Inspiration

'We’re so good at destruction, I want to make constructing cool again'

Motivational Speaker, Rob Hill. Sr. has been homeless and has turned his struggles into inspiration…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not

Learn the power of humility and making requests to get results

Pride is the biggest deterrent to success in life. Many go through life with the…

By Pervis Taylor, III

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Get on Up! 6 James Brown Songs to Boost Motivation

These tunes from the "Godfather of Soul" will help you get through the workday

In honor of James Brown new biopic “Get on Up,” we’ve rounded up six of…

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#BossMoves: 3 Smart Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Day

Shake off the Monday blahs with these steps

Mondays aren’t always welcomed but these three questions will get you through on a good…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The 10 Most Inspiring ‘Humans Of NY’ Stories You Should See

Photoblog's telling visuals and commentary have gone viral on social media

Photographer Brandon Stanton started “Humans of New York” a New York City-based photoblog that has…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Malacka Reed: Makeup and Motivation

Author says, 'I can change a person’s day and emotion from feeling insecure to doing a makeover'

“I have been through hell and found my way to the light and out of…

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T.D. Jakes: 20 Tips to Tap Into Your Divine ‘Instinct’ for Business Success

Successful pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his brand and earned millions

Business leader T.D. Jakes shared his insights on his new book and business success at…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Journalist Robin Roberts Talks Strength of Women … and Friendly Competition with Michelle Obama

At NAPW conference, breast cancer survivor inspires with career of triumphs

National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honored journalist Robin Roberts with the Icon Awards. She…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Create Success On Your Own Terms

You can overcome challenging times with these quick tips

Success is something you can create in your life, on your terms. Here’s how.

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Tap Into Your Inner Superhero

Author, Nutritionist and Strength Coach, Shawn Stevenson presents 5 steps to reaching your full potential

There are 5 unbreakable laws to discovering the potential inside of you

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5 Stellar Success Principles: High Achievers Share Real-Life Words of Wisdom

These tips, from Les Brown to Wayne Dyer, will help catapult your advancement

From Les Brown to George Fraser, these five stellar leadership principles will help you take…

By Antoine Moss

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Beat the Monday Blues: How to Love the Beginning of the Grind

One writer tells why you should embrace the first day of the week

One writer shares why she loves Mondays and how you can turn those workday blues…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Failure’s Not an Option: 5 Success Tips from a Young Millionaire

Millennial entrepreneur Farrah Gray shares how to overcome fear

Farrah Gray, a 28-year-old entrepreneur and author shares insights on what led him to see…

By Antoine Moss

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What a Genius: Young African American Student Gets Perfect SAT Score

Landing 2400 took "putting in a lot of work"

Cameron Clarke, a Philadelphia student, scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Your Mind Right: 5 Career-Boosting Quips From Zig Ziglar

With his recent passing, honor his legacy with positive thinking

Young professionals, take a cue one of the pioneers of self-help, Zig Ziglar, in remembering…

By Antoine Moss

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3 Motivating Resources to Recharge Your Day

Power professionals share their favorite motivational downloads

Here are some favorite podcast picks from professionals who capture the day and make major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How I Did It: Mikki Taylor Expands Beauty Brand with New Book ‘Commander in Chic’

Motivational expert uses inspiration of Michelle Obama to empower women

Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor expands her brand with new book, Commander in Chic:…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Passion Over Profit: How to Get Past Pressure to Pursue Prestigious Job

Seven tips for following your calling and making it lucrative

Seven tips on how to pursue your passion, over profit, and get past pressure to…

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

By Sheri Riley

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5 Signs You’ve Chosen the Wrong Career

How to find the right fit for the profession of your dreams

Five signs you’re in the wrong line of work and should consider a career change.

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Louisiana born, Wisconsin raised and New York grown, Richard “Rico Love” Butler discovered his love of words at the age of 4. By 7-years old, he started coupling his admiration for written expression with music, which led to a profitable career as a songwriter. But his path to success was not easy. While attending Florida A&M University to obtain a degree in journalism, Love realized school wouldn’t be enough. Embarking on trips to Atlanta every weekend to meet with the execs of Crown World Entertainment, the go-getter got his break in the studio with R&B group Jagged Edge. But it wasn’t until 2004 when he got the chance to work with Usher—penning “Throwback” for the Atlanta–based singer’s diamond-certified album —that his dreams materialized. Since then, Love has written and produced records for Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, and most recently Kelly Rowland for her No. 1 single “Motivation.” Love accomplished everything through his shear will and determination and now shares his six tips for being successful. —Amber McKynzie

Super Producer Rico Love’s 6 Tips For Being Successful

The singer/songwriter followed his dreams to the top of his career by following these rules

As the producer and songwriter for Kelly Rowland’s hit single “Motivation,” Rico Love understands what…

By Amber McKynzie

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Top 5 Job-Seeker Excuses and How to Get Over Them

Get past perceived barriers to find career success

Many job seekers are out of work, not because of lack of opportunity but because…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Finding Life Balance, Day 7: Build and Nurture Healthy Self-Confidence

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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Finding Life Balance, Day 2: Seek Peace in Not Some — but All — Areas

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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What’s Your Work Personality?

Nurturer? Cut-throat? See which one you embody

Madame Noire details 8 personality types in the office, from the escapist to the worker…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 1: Healthy Living Goes Beyond Watching Diet

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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Corporate Professional Trades in Suits for Soccer Gear

Long love of sports takes woman into international career path

Quina Martin spent years as a corporate hiring professional until one day, she answered the…

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Message to All: Steve Jobs Personified Living Your Passion, Striving with Innovation

Going beyond social standards and living by purpose in your career

Author highlights how Steve Jobs’ advances in innovation and efforts to follow his passion can…

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Has the State of the Economy Made You Lose Your Ambition?

Don't let a bleak outlook overshadow your optimism for success

How to manage keeping a bright outlook on your career future in the midst of…

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Are You Following Your Passion to Find Career Success?

Finding your calling may hold the key to happiness in professional pursuits

To turn your calling into your career, leave fear at the door and kick down…

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WATCH: B.E. on the Street – Essential Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

By Janell Hazelwood

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Channel Your Inner Kanye, and Stop the Second-Guessing

Being your own biggest fan can ensure you don't let success pass you by

Don’t let the insecurity of second-guessing yourself hinder your opportunity to shine, whether in your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Pseudo Phenom: It Takes More than Bragging to be a Boss

Cars, clothes and uh... that ... isn't enough to win the title of head honcho

As with any pop culture concept that takes on a life of its own, the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Doing all the talking. Yes, Twitter is a great place to let people know what you’re doing. But if that’s all you’re doing, it’s not going to work. “You can’t just go on Twitter and type in the title of your blog post and link to it. Or you can’t just say, ‘Oh, look what’s new here.’ It has to be a conversation. And that’s what’s so amazing about Facebook and Twitter—that you can engage with your audience. You shouldn’t just post something and go on with your day,” Gregg says.

The Case of the I’mas: More Talk Than Action is Never a Good Thing

Sometimes it's best to let results speak for themselves

Unless simply talking will take you straight to the bank, less chatter and more action…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Al Sharpton’s 3 Steps To Job Seeking Success

National Action Network president says it takes vision and strategic action to combat joblessness

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in a speech at the Black Enterprise 20/20 Vision Forum, urged…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Former Computer Salesman Shifts Gears into Public Speaking Career

With a passion for motivating people, this orator went after his purposeful dream

A former Dell computer salesman, Jonathan Sprinkles took his gift of gab to pursue his…

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Take Back Your Life!

Amputee and paralympain Bonnie St. John shares her three secrets to success against all odds

Amputee and paralympain Bonnie St. John shares her three secrets to success against all odds

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7 Habits for Highly Effective Wannabes

Tools to nurture successful life principles

The Atlanta Post highlights how to develop habits for life success.

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Self-Made Miracle

Former addict finds her way out of a tough situation and helps others do the same

Stanice Anderson snorted heroin for the first time at the age of 19. By the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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What to Count on in a World of Change

As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, none of us knows…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Exclusive: What Motivates 50 Cent to Get Rich or Die Tryin’?

And why he refuses to accept any excuses from YOU

“I’m from the bottom, so you got to find another excuse,” asserts Jackson, referring to…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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The Tireless Advocate

One mans personal battle helps fuel national fight against HIV/AIDS

Most people probably couldn’t fathom a doctor telling them, “You are HIV positive.” And during…

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We Must Never Surrender Our Hope

Since I founded my company more than 40 years ago, there have been seven recessions.…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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A Lifetime of Giving

Food bank CEO fights hunger one mouth at a time

For Valerie Traore, giving back is a family tradition. “When most kids were in summer…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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To Love or to Loathe?

Value yourself despite the circumstance

Back in 1990, Kim Coles was on top of the world. But her excitement was…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Don’t Just Leave a Legacy, Live Your Legacy

We all spend a lot of time thinking about and dealing with how the world…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Celebrated or Not, Mediocrity Won’t Cut It

Straight talk from Earl G. Graves, the visionary founder and publisher of Black Enterprise

Excellence is a personal code of conduct that demands that, every day, you strive to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Delegating

Handing tasks over to others lets you accomplish more by doing less

When Juliet Okafor started her sales and marketing business in January 2009, she handled all…

By Dale Coachman

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Everyone’s a Critic

Heres how to deliver or accept feedback

Crystal Washington of Houston says she always welcomed feedback as a way to help improve…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Increasingly, We Must Disconnect to Reconnect

I could get used to pottery. The studio near my office offers a flexible schedule…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Giving the Gift of Life

Leukemia patient's search for a bone marrow donor highlights low black representation on the national registry

Jennifer Jones Austin thought she just had a stomach virus. The married mother of two…

By Brittany Hutson

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Pep Talk: How Can I Boost Morale at Work?

What to do during tough times.

How do you maintain motivation within your organization during times of doubt?

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Breaking Bad

3 steps to rid yourself of negative habits

Bad habits are tough to shake. Left unchecked, these repetitive actions can hinder professional advancement…

By Renita Burns

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Pep Talk: Be Clear About Your Role

You can't fulfill your responsibilities if you don't know what they are

When the roles and responsibilities in a current position aren’t clear, how do you ask…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Outrunning Fate

Track coach defies doctors� expectations to live, walk, and coach again

Award-winning track and field coach Beverly Kearney defies doctors’ expectations to live, walk, and coach…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Food for the Journey

Culinary arts teacher�s cooking lessons transcend the kitchen

For students in Wilma W. Stephenson’s culinary arts classes at Frankford High School in Philadelphia,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Pep Talk: Jumpstarting a Career as Makeup Artist

Strategic planning, experience a must in the industry

I’ve been dreaming of a career in the fashion world as a makeup artist, but…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Pep Talk: Getting Support for Social Networking Venture

How to capture your niche

I created an empowerment organization and social networking site for plus-size women in 2006, but…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Reinvention Required

Handle unforeseen change with confidence and smarts

Thomas Venable Jr. loved his job as a senior graphic Web designer. The e-mail marketing…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Building Paradise

Include these three strategies in the foundation of your success

Fleeing famine and communism in Ethiopia, Tadiwos Belete came to America in the 1980s for…

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Lost in Emotions?

Gain better control by managing your feelings

Above IQ or expertise, a person’s ability to identify and manage his or her feelings,…

By Ayana Dixon

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Pep Talk: Multitasking to Achieve Your Goals

How to manage your daily life while starting a business

I’ve always dreamed of opening a clothing boutique. With low overheard, I’ve launched it online.…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Avoid Multitasking Madness

Three tips to overcome feeling overwhelmed

The unwillingness to slow down may be one of the biggest reasons why we struggle…

By Kingsley Kanu Jr.

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Is Your Brand Bold, Beautiful, & Determined?

It may be trite but it is very true: First impressions are everything

How do you create the perfect brand – in life and in business? Branding is…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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‘Yes! Yes!’ Live Blogging Lisa Nichols at the Summit

How uncomfortable are you willing to be in 2010 to get what you want?

Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols: “I’m having my strongest financial year because I decided not to…

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Letting Go

Expanding management team allows CEO to lead

When corporate downsizing resulted in a job change from manufacturing supervisor to security guard, Mary…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Book Excerpt: Expect to Win by Carla Harris

Capturing the power of being uniquely you

According to Carla A. Harris, a twenty year veteran of Wall Street, knowledge and diligence…

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Pep Talk: Marketing an Independent Film

I recently directed and produced a short film. I have entered it into several independent…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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A Healing Touch

Growing up in the rural village of Lwala, Kenya, Milton and Frederick Ochieng’ were accustomed…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Reclaim Yourself

Last year was tough. Youve probably taken a beating emotionally and financially. As a new year unfolds, resolve to create a new you

Whatever crisis you’re dealing with, it’s just a point along the way to where you’re…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Resilience and Recovery

Lisa Nichols helps you bounce back from a setback, no matter what

Resiliency—the ability to get back up after a setback knocks you down—is a trait we…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Resilience and Recovery

Lisa Nichols helps you bounce back from a setback, no matter what

Resiliency—the ability to get back up after a setback knocks you down—is a trait we…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Ex(pectation) Factor

Adjust your thinking and reduce disappointment

However one defines success—love, the freedom and ability to do as you choose, the path…

By Ayana Dixon

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Skepticism vs. Cynicism

While occasional doubt can lead to smart decisions, pure pessimism can block success

As president of The Franciscan Center, a Baltimore-based organization providing services to the poor, Karen…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Go With Your Gut

Honing intuition can sharpen business decisions

In 1969, as the first black woman to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School,…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Decisions, Decisions

Be firm in tackling indecisiveness

Indecisiveness can be attributed to fear and conflicting messages, but life and career coaches can…

By Ayana Dixon

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Survivor’s Guilt?

Being successful and a good friend are not mutually exclusive. Dont let success ruin your relationships

While everyone around you is getting pink slips, don’t let guilt and anxiety ruin your…

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The Naked Truth

Helplessness doesn't have to hinder you

Although one cannot always alleviate emotions in times of distress, there are ways to combat…

By Bridget N. Armstrong

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What You Sow

Organization helps girls envision an empowering future

In an effort to help teenage girls blossom where they are, Terri J. Brown launched…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Clear the Way

The power and purpose behind developing a vision board

To take her career to the next level, Lindsey C. Holmes decided to create a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Get Back on the Road

Reclaim your drive and leave uncertainty in the dust

After two years of developing a collaborative art space in the heart of Chicago, Maya-Camille…

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Why Should I Care?

Four ways to avoid apathy in an insecure work environment

With cutbacks causing employees to do more with less, morale is down in many companies…

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