Business & Life Lessons Learned

Until her recent move to North Carolina, Kelly Johnson was a reporter and social media strategist for the Sacramento Business Journal. In these these blogs she shares lessons learned about business, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, mentoring, overcoming challenges, and reinventing one’s life.

Carpe diem

Seize the day, not the socks

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Two years into my new life in North Carolina, the spare bedroom bed is more often covered with clutter than not, including a pile of mismatched socks that forever anticipates sorting. But those socks can wait because I've finally learned to seize the day.
Stralsund, Germany market

During Germany vacation, I consider: Convenience, at what price?

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Visiting here in Germany, I’m reminded of how much Americans are slave to convenience. We expect to be able to buy practically anything at any time of day and night. In Germany stores close on Sundays and most close at 5 p.m. through the week. I wonder if Germany might be onto something.
Trevor Noah Twitter page

Hullabaloo over comic’s tweets reveals bigger worry for society

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The questionable tweets by the comic who will replace host Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" cause me trepidation for the future. As Millennials and Gen Z'ers document every immature, insensitive and crude thing they say and do, in the future how will we comfortably appoint anyone to any job?
Age makes no difference between great friends.

Ageism: Before pointing fingers, examine your own heart

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As I begrudgingly eliminated from my resume any obvious indications of my abundance of years, I grew more incensed over the prevalence of ageism. Months later, though, I caught myself wrongly prejudging my soon-to-start new boss by her youth. We all have much to learn about and from other people young and old.

When should you maintain control and when do you let go?

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I admit I was agitated and anxious as I approached my final day of on-campus parking for my job. This public transportation novice was to be pushed into park-and-ride. The situation got me thinking--when is it desirable to maintain control and when--if we have a choice--should be relinquish control?

Learn from squirrels: Embrace change in your career and personal life

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If squirrels can do it, so can you. While we may be scared of the newness ahead, we all can hope to find the courage to leap into a new life of experiences and opportunities. When will you embrace change?

7 tips for growing your professional network and skills

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How do you avoid becoming complacent in your professional life? In this blog, I offer seven tips for keeping your skills fresh and demonstrating your value in this still uncertain and very competitive job market.
BodeIslandLighthouse

To what degree does our environment define our identity?

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Four months into my new life in North Carolina, I have been pondering a question — does where we live define us? To what degree are we a product of where we are from?

Embrace new life and work experiences — even miserable snow

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These five months since I quit my job, traveled across the country and moved to North Carolina, I’ve thrived in the newness — whether treading through the snow, making a wrong turn on unfamiliar streets, or developing new professional contacts. With regret, I now realize that during much of the last decade and a half, I failed to embrace all sorts of potential new experiences. What’s it going to take to rouse you out of your routine? How much change do you need?

Always be networking — in person and on social media

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In the 1992 movie “Glengarry Glen Ross,” actor Alec Baldwin's character Blake, as he pushes his salesmen to boost sales, insisted that they “Always Be Closing.” I think the crucial directive among professionals should instead be “Always Be Networking.”
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