Author: Shana Carroll

31- Solicit advice, but make your own decisions

As a child, you were probably taught at a young age to respect your elders. This family value is prevalent in many cultures. As you aged, you learned life lessons from those who were older. Some of these teachings were life skills; perhaps your grandfather taught you how to bake, or your mother taught you how to fix a flat tire. Other training involved learning by experience. Think back to when you were a young...

30- A Telecommuter’s Guide to Work-Life Balance

Do you telecommute? I often talk to young professionals who want to have a more flexible work schedule. In one recent study, 75% of millennials polled by Deloitte would like to work from home more. There are different reasons workers want to report from a home office. Some people believe they are more productive when working from home. Others desire a more flexible schedule, or to save time and money on their daily commute. While...

29- Engage a great mentor for career success

Having a relationship with a great mentor is important to your career success. Famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin completed his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis, “Line-of-Sight Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous,” lists four reviewers. Although it is not clear that one of them was a true mentor to him, certainly, they contributed to his completing the work that would later be used as part of NASA’s space exploration program, and it is likely...

28- Never lose sight of your goals

Never lose sight of your goals A lesson from Buzz Aldrin Did you know that the first time Buzz Aldrin applied to be an astronaut he was rejected? His application boasted such achievements as a B.S. in Military Engineering from Westpoint, a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a distinguished career as a fighter pilot during the Korean Conflict. With these great achievements, he was not accepted into the program because he hadn’t been...

Bees, like humans, are affected by caffeine

  According to a new study by Current Biology, bees who forage on caffeine containing nectar such as that found in Coffea and Citrus species may be adversely affected because they overestimate the quality of their newly found provisions. Read the entire article here    

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27- Surround yourself with people who challenge you

Surround yourself with people who challenge you A Lesson from Legend Buzz Aldrin A few months ago I had the honor of meeting Buzz Aldrin. He was the second man to walk on the moon during Apollo 11’s historic mission. Although most people recognize him as the man behind the visor in the iconic photograph Neil Armstrong snapped, his contributions to science and technology are much more far-reaching. As evidenced by the child who touches...

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26- Success is finding your superpower

Finding a job you do well, and that you enjoy, can be much like putting an old puzzle together. It makes a beautiful picture, but every so often, you wonder if you are missing a piece. Unless you work for yourself, it is likely that you have a job description. You interviewed, were hired, and are reviewed based on it. If you are an entry-level programmer, your job description might include objectives such as coding...

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Mining the moon may pay for colonization

It’s been over 46 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Scientists are now proposing that mining for resources may generate enough capital to colonize the moon. Read more here: http://www.popsci.com/colonizing-moon-may-be-90-percent-cheaper-we-thought?JoD4rSLMpFGvc0D3.01

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25- The Golden Rule of conference calls

We are living in the information age. The world is connected and becoming more so every day. One of the great advantages of this connectivity is that teams have the ability to meet in real-time, regardless of their geographic location. For example, I recently met a woman who works in New York City, but whose clients are vineyard owners in France. To discuss upcoming marketing initiatives and sales forecasts she uses conference and video calling...