We live in a society that glorifies deferred gratification as the end-all and be-all of success. We are taught that if we work hard enough to make enough money, afterward we can finally pursue our passions. The problem, says Life Architect Stever Robbins, is that we may never reach fulfillment because we have spent our entire lives deferring it.
Robbins, who attended MIT and Harvard Business School, has done everything from writing books and performing musical theater to computer programming and becoming a #1 iTunes business podcaster.
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On one hand we need large urban centers to begin aggressively conserving water, while on the other hand there are hundreds of millions of people in India and China who do not have running water. This is a global issue that's not making enough headlines—and it needs to.
Colin Chartres is the co-author of Out of Water: From Abundance to Scarcity and How to Solve the World's Water Problems and is the director general of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
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Sometime in the late 1980s there was a young man from the outer boroughs. His father was a laborer and worked for the company for his entire career, and he had a mentor and folks who helped him along the way. He’d almost gone in another direction career-wise, but was ultimately drawn to the excitement of Wall Street. He took a job at one of the largest and most successful firms on Wall Street hoping to “bag the elephant.”
You know the story, but...
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In this clip from the CFA Level I Orientation, William A. Trent, director of the exam development division at the CFA Institute, offers 10 essential strategies that every student should follow when preparing for CFA exams. Though Trent warns students that earning a CFA can be a difficult process–with the global pass rate averaging only 40% for the June 2010 exam–he noted that "more and more CFA designation is held in high regard by employers."
If you want to watch the webcast of this entire event or any other NYSSA program, visit NYSSA's On-Demand website.
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In this edition of Friday Career Coffee, "How to Choose the Right Career: Self-Evaluation, Counseling and Research," Michael C. Pastena talks about choosing the right career. Pastena, a career management coach, stresses the importance of having a career that is fulfilling while avoiding the pitfalls of burn-out, constant
stress, and stagnation.
For the full audio of Michael C. Pastena's talk, see NYSSA's On-Demand website.
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John Authers has written a great book called The Fearful Rise of Markets, and he took some time to speak with me about the book.
Authers is a long-time investment columnist. He now runs the Lex column for the Financial Times and is quoted all over the place. He was honored by State Street Institutional Press Awards as the UK’s Investment Journalist of the Year for his coverage of confidence in investment theory.
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In this edition of Friday Career Coffee, "Using Your Online Presence: Strategies for Career Advancement," Shelly Palmer gives invaluable advice regarding creating, shaping, and maintaining a strong, healthy online presence. In the brave new world of social media and web 2.0, a carefully maintained online presence is just as important as a tidy physical appearance. Palmer has strategies for users of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and everything in between. In the clip below, Palmer explains how to get the most out of your LinkedIn.
If you like what you hear, the full audio of the event is available on NYSSA's On-Demand website.
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