The Greatest Success Mistake I Ever Made

I gave up my lifelong dream of becoming an actor when I was about 15.   

I had grown up in community theater. Both my parents acted, danced and sang. My first performance was with an opera company at the age of 6. We performed music from Hansel and Gretel. 

I remember my brother and I auditioning for the Wizard of Oz. They couldn’t decide who should be a munchkin and who should be a flying monkey. “I’m taller” I declared. I became the flying monkey. My brother never forgave me.

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

Strong Reasons to Write and Read Your Goals

What do you want to achieve in the next few years? What do you want your future life to look like?

Write down your personal and career goals and read them weekly– it will help you get where you want to be.

Do you doubt that goal writing really works? Let us dispel your doubts. 

Here are six neuroscience-backed reasons that will motivate you to take your notebook and create your life goals list.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

5 Reasons Sleep is Key for Career Success

Sleep. All business leaders need it, most crave it, but throngs do not get the kind of restorative and rehabilitative sleep required to optimize mental clarity, focus, ideation, awareness, productivity, and overall job performance.

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Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist, and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers, and innovators across all B2B and B2C categories. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations, and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor, and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports  / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports / Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

The Key to Professional Wellness

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs

We’re talking about wellness and today we are going to focus on professional wellness and right livelihood—meaning work that rewards you both financially and is in alignment with your values.

If you know anything at all about me, you know that I strongly believe that lasting change happens when we line up our choices with our values.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

5 Most Common Mistakes Unsuccessful People Make

Mistake Number 1: You Play Small

Unsuccessful people avoid setting goals. As the Cheshire Cat said to Alice “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.” Successful people know where they are going because they spend the time to reflect on the mistakes they’ve made in the past and create 3 to 5 goals per year that they are out to achieve.

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

The Superstar Paradox - 5 Reasons Overachievers Miss the Mark

How overachievers can stop sabotaging their own success—or level of satisfaction after attaining superstar status

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Merilee Kern MBA's picture

Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist, and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers, and innovators across all B2B and B2C categories. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations, and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor, and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports  / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports / Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

What Exactly Does Stress Do to Our Bodies?

We've all been there; the final exam in the morning that could make or break your future, the endless "To-Do" list that never seems to get shorter, or maybe things just haven't been going so hot for you lately and you just want to SCREAM!

Welcome to stress.

Most of us know that there are two kinds of stress: good stress, and bad stress.

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Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

Billionaires of Good Deeds: The Future of Progressive Living

Progressive Living

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Listening to What is Trying to Happen

I work with leaders ­ people who have a position of responsibility to other people. I find that they are influenced by one common factor: what they are seeking to accomplish in their life, is also seeking them.

They have a felt sense that they are on a mission and that they will find a way through the obstacles. These leaders are not necessarily religious or "spiritual." However, life constantly refreshes their understanding of purpose.

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Tim Dukes, Ph.D. develops leaders and communications across fields ranging from executives and business owners to entrepreneurs and artists. His communications model and workshops, built on presence and mindfulness, foster open environments based on trust and candor. Tim’s clients emerge as socially conscious, culturally sustainable, and strategically focused innovators. www.DrTimothyDukes.com​

A Gentle Courage

When I think of courage, I often think of my mother ­ as she sat patiently attempting to thread her sewing needle in a dimly lit room, ceiling light beckoning for a new and brighter bulb. My sister or I would take over the task after so many utterances of; “oh dear, what is happening to my eyesight?” This woman, as a teenager, raised four siblings in the late 1920’s after her father died and faced endless days of caring for others. Her mother worked as a nanny.

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Tim Dukes, Ph.D. develops leaders and communications across fields ranging from executives and business owners to entrepreneurs and artists. His communications model and workshops, built on presence and mindfulness, foster open environments based on trust and candor. Tim’s clients emerge as socially conscious, culturally sustainable, and strategically focused innovators. www.DrTimothyDukes.com​

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I gave up my lifelong dream of becoming an actor when I was about 15.    I had grown up in community theater. Both my parents acted, danced and sang. My first performance was with an... read more
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05/12/2020
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03/11/2020
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Expensive car in front of castle at sunset
08/09/2019
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Exaggerated painting of stressed out man holding his head
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Person with hands folded together on white table
06/25/2017
Progressive Living There is no doubt that we live in highly polarizing political and economic times in the United States. We are realizing that the labels of being associated with being a Democrat... read more
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06/20/2016
I work with leaders ­ people who have a position of responsibility to other people. I find that they are influenced by one common factor: what they are seeking to accomplish in their life, is also... read more

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Jet Skier flipped upside down in the ocean.
04/15/2021
I gave up my lifelong dream of becoming an actor when I was about 15.    I had grown up in community theater. Both my parents acted, danced and sang. My first performance was with an... read more
Typewriter with paper reading GOALS
02/08/2021
What do you want to achieve in the next few years? What do you want your future life to look like? Write down your personal and career goals and read them weekly– it will help you get where you... read more
Exhausted man asleep at his computer desk.
05/28/2020
Sleep. All business leaders need it, most crave it, but throngs do not get the kind of restorative and rehabilitative sleep required to optimize mental clarity, focus, ideation, awareness,... read more
Woman in hall leaning against window to room of computers
05/12/2020
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs We’... read more
Stressed woman holds her head while upsetting words all around
03/11/2020
Mistake Number 1: You Play Small Unsuccessful people avoid setting goals. As the Cheshire Cat said to Alice “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.” Successful people know where... read more
Expensive car in front of castle at sunset
08/09/2019
How overachievers can stop sabotaging their own success—or level of satisfaction after attaining superstar status In today’s fast-paced business climate where nothing is certain but rapid-fire... read more
Exaggerated painting of stressed out man holding his head
10/25/2018
We've all been there; the final exam in the morning that could make or break your future, the endless "To-Do" list that never seems to get shorter, or maybe things just haven't been going so hot for... read more
Person with hands folded together on white table
06/25/2017
Progressive Living There is no doubt that we live in highly polarizing political and economic times in the United States. We are realizing that the labels of being associated with being a Democrat... read more
paved road bridge going off into horizon over water
06/20/2016
I work with leaders ­ people who have a position of responsibility to other people. I find that they are influenced by one common factor: what they are seeking to accomplish in their life, is also... read more

Pages