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OK admit it, you’ve entered your name in Google to see what comes up.

Guess what?  An increasing number of employers are doing the same to your name when they receive your application.

A recent survey of American recruiters revealed that 70% of them have rejected a candidate as a result of what they’re found out about them online.

This makes your online presence even more important as it can either help you get a job or butcher your application.

What do you need to think about to assist (and not hold back) your career?

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In the days of the Cold War, it seems that people were obsessed with the prospect of a nuclear Armageddon.

As a result, there was a thriving niche business in the construction of backyard bunkers as people sought to protect themselves from what they was as the inevitable result of the ongoing tension between the two main superpowers.

Thankfully, they weren’t needed, but the concept of building something before you need it is still relevant today, if in a very different context.

There are a lot of things in life that we don’t necessarily need now, but we may do one day.

Here are a few things that I think you should consider building before you need them.

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As I was writing this post, it was a day of celebration in Chile as the first of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for the past 69 days started their gradual ascent to freedom.

It was a long process for them, as the miners could only be released one by one, so the process took a couple of days.

As I reflected on this event, I was reminded of Viktor Frankl’s words when he said, “The last of one’s true freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

As sad as it is that these men were trapped underground in such scary circumstances, it’s even sadder when I come across people who are trapped, not by their physical circumstances, but by their mindsets and attitudes.

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Beige is a very popular colour for carpets, walls and curtains.

It makes sense when you’re designing as beige blends in and is inconspicuous.

Unfortunately, beige is also the colour that could describe a lot of people as they try to go through life.

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Stephen Covey tells the story of a man who was walking through a forest when he came across a frustrated lumberjack.

The lumberjack was trying to cut down a tree with and was swearing and cursing as he laboured in vain.

“What’s the problem?”  The man asked.

“My saw’s blunt and won’t cut the tree properly.”  The lumberjack responded.

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I came across this and just had to share it.

I didn’t write it, but wish I had.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to identify the original author, but whoever wrote this obviously has a terrific perspective.

The ideas presented here are a great way to approach a new day.  Try it and then see how your attitude changes.

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There are times when we make mistakes.

There are times when we let ourselves down.

There are times when we break our diet, break a promise that we made or say something that we regret.

There are times when we feel guilty and ashamed.

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It seems that many of my peers in the coaching industry and blogging world are into long-distance running.

I’m not.

It’s just not for me.  I can relate to David Letterman when he says, “I pulled a hamstring during the New York marathon.  An hour into the race I jumped up from the couch.”

Having said that, I have great admiration for those who are able to run long distances, especially those who are able to put themselves through the arduous journey of a marathon.

After the recent Boston Marathon bombing, here are some of the principles that we can learn from marathon runners.

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One of the underestimated elements of job-hunting is making a follow-up call in the days after an interview.

Whether or not you get the job is irrelevant, there is significant value either way. 

Making that call can be scary, but hopefully you will see such value in doing so that you begin to make this a part of your normal routine after an interview.

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In many sports, there are moments when you can choose to commit to the contest and risk injury in the quest for greatness and victory for your team, or you can back down and risk mediocrity.  Avoiding physical contact is called taking the “soft option.”

Every day, we are confronted with multiple choices.  How we act on those options will determine our future success.

In life, most people choose what’s easiest, what they’ve always chosen, what’s most convenient, what they see everyone choose, perhaps what their parents chose.

If you want to make the most of your life and stand out from the crowd, don’t take the soft option.

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