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http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2007/09/14/the-top-5-reasons-to-be-a-jack-of-all-trades/

Tim Ferriss (author of the Four Hour Work Week) adds his voice to the growing chorus regarding people who have multiple interests, careers and areas of expertise, as opposed to specialists.

I struggled with this label all my life as family members and friends would inquire, “what is Donna doing now?”  Early on I had decided I wanted to be a new-fashioned Renaissance woman, and  at the same time envied (only slightly) people who were complete uni-focused.  It seemed so much easier. 

Nonetheless, I was compelled to change jobs and careers every three years, or when I went out on my own, to change businesses or the focus of my business just as frequently when boredom crept in.  I continued to read, study, and take on new challenges…creating my own renaissance identity.  For me, when I became a professional Coach, all those paths converged and combined, and now I often work with people who have taken a jack-of-all-trades path and are looking for the next one, or for a way to blend or monetize all their experiences and expertise. 

In his blog, Tim relates his top five reasons to be a Jack (orJill) of all trades and he points out, quite accurately I believe, that it’s often “the generalist who ends up running the show.”  In fact, quite often even if they didn’t start out that way, people who run companies must learn to become generalists since it takes a wide range of abilities, talents and skills to manage people, run the company, know what you don’t know so you can hire the people who do, etc. etc. etc.

So if you’re a Jack or Jill of all trades, revel in it and embrace it.  The world needs more of us.  They just don’t realize it yet. 

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Yesterday was my birthday.  We spent a laughter filled day in Manhattan, window shopping, eating, people watching, eating, watching the Soho Artists Parade (more about that…with photos…at another time), exploring art galleries, hanging out (and eating) in Little Italy, and more.  It was a very full day.  And the birthday month continues today with Dim Sum with friends and a street festival in Red Bank.

What also continues today is my introspection on the coming year.  I’m going to go through the environments of my life and choose how to make them even better.  The easiest one is my Physical Environment.  We know that our physical environment often reflects what’s going on inside of us, and conversely changing our surroundings can change how we function.  Just think about how you feel when you clean a closet, or organize the garage.  There’s a sense of pride and freedom, and a freeing up of energy.  Several years ago after I moved things around in my office and added some whimsical decorative touches as well, I found that not only did my productivity increase, but my creativity as well.

So, with that in mind, here are the five things I choose to change in my physical environment this year:

  1. I want more beauty and things that invite the senses to take notice. To that end I am going to have more flowers, scented candles, whimsical objects that make me laugh, and much more music.  I already have a good music CD collection, and yesterday I added some wonderful violin music to the collection.  I am going to play it more. 
  2. I am going to use my living room more.  Even just for me to sit and read in it.  It’s called the LIVING ROOM, not the company room.
  3. I am going to gift, freecycle, ebay or just plain dump half of what I own.  Okay, so maybe not actually half, but we have way way too much stuff.  And I’m beginning to think that it’s time begin thinking about Rightsizing in a few years. I don’t want to be frantically trying to decide what to get rid of then.  So each week I will throw out a minimum of five things so that eventually I am left with only things I love and use.  (I am allowing myself to make books the exception to this one…)
  4. I am going to repurpose my dining room.  I have a lovely and traditional dining room complete with antiques and a chandelier.  But how often do we actually use it other than holidays?  I haven’t quite figured this one out yet, but I will find a way to make the dining room take on new life.  Maybe as a reading room?  And it needs to have more whimsy.
  5. Not yet sure about this one…but it may be that this year, I am going to have more fires in the fireplace.

What about you? 

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I’ve been tagged by Priscilla Palmer for her Personal Development website.  [Thanks to Donna Karlin for recommending this blog.]  Priscilla has set out to share her passion for personal development with the world  As part of her mission, she has created a list of remarkable personal development blogs that’s continuing to grow and includes several of my favorites in addition to this one, and Transformational Girlfriends, a collaborative blog that I participate in with some incredible women. 

Now, I already subscribe to several feeds on personal and organizational development, but there were many on this list that I had never viewed before, and I haven’t looked at all of them…yet.

I would say my top five are:

Steve Pavlina at stevepavlina.com

Donna Karlin at Perspectives

http://www.lifehack.org/

http://tobeme.wordpress.com/

Seth Godin at Seth’s Blog

Here’s Priscilla’s entire list as of today (she’s constantly adding to it):

Aaron Potts at Today is That Day

Adam Alexander at Adam’s Peace

Adam Kayce at Monk at Work

Adam Khoo at Adam Khoo’s Philosophies and Investing Insights

AgentSully at Life Learning Today

April Groves at Making Life Work For You

Argancel at C’eclair  (for those who speak french)

Ash aka Mr. Biggs at One Powerful Word

Al at 7pproductions.com

Alan Torres at Made to Be Great

Alex Shalman at AlexShalman.com

Alexander Kjerulf at The Chief Happiness Officer

Alexys Fairfield at Unraveling The Spiritual Mystique

Albert Foong at urbanmonk.net

Amber at Random Mangus

Amie Ragan at Psychology of Clutter

Amy Hedin at There is no Maximum to Human Potential

Andrea Learned at Learned on Women

Andrea J. Lee at Money, Meaning, and Beyond

Andy Wibbels at AndyWibbels.com

Anita Pathik Law at Power of four Way

Anna Farmery at The Engaging Brand

Antonio Thornton at AntonioThornton.com

Ariane Benefit at Neat & Simple Living

Ask Lucid at Ask Lucid Spiritual Development

Barbara Sliter at Creatorship

Belle Wong at Abundance Journal

Bill Perry at Lucid Blog

Billy Smith at The Organic Leadership Blog

Blogfuse at LifeDev

Brad Isaac at Achieve It

Brian Clark at Copyblogger

Brian Kim at briankim.net

Brian Lee at geniustypes.com

Bob at everyeveryminute

Cam Beck at ChaosScenario

Cara Lumen at The Success Magnets With Cara Luman and Your Second Wind Blog

Carlon Haas at Possess Less Exist More

Chris Cree at SuccessCREEations

Chris Marshall at Martial Development

Chris Owen at Pink Apple

Christine Kane at ChristineKane.com

Clyde at Feeling Good

Colin Beavan at No Impact Man

Conceive, Believe, Achieve at Conceive, Believe, Achieve

Craig Harper at Motivational Speaker

Curt Rosengren at Occupational Adventure

Cyres at Cyres Matters

Damian Carr at Soul Terminal

Daniel Sitter at Idea Sellers

Darren Rowse at Problogger.net

Dave Schawbel at The Personal Branding Blog

Dave Schoof at Engaging the Disquiet

Davers at Language Trainers Blog

David Allen at The David Allen Company

David Bohl at Reflections on Balance

David Fitch at David Fitch.com

David Richeson at 360 Degree Success

David Rogers at How to Have Great Self Confidence

David Seah at David Seah.com

David Zinger at Slacker Manager

Dawud Miracle at dmiracle.com

Dean Lacono at Law of Attraction for Beginners

Debbie Call at Spirit In Gear

Debbie LaChusa at 10 Step Marketing Collection

Debra Moorhead at Debra Moorhead.com

Denise Mosawi at Destineering.com

Des Walsh at Thinking Home Business

Devlyn Steele at Tools To Life Guide

Dick Richards at Come Gather Round

Dominic Tay at Personal Development for Winners

Don Simkovich at Hey Don

Donald Latumahina at Life Optimizer

Donna Karlin at Perspectives

Donna Steinhorn at Rethinking

Dr. Charles Parker at The Core Psych Blog

Dr. Hal at Northstar Mental fitness blog

Drew Rozell at Drew Rozell.com

Dwayne Melancon at Genuine Curiosity

Edward Mills at Evolving Times

Ellen Weber at Brain Based Business

Emily G. W. Lilly at The Science of Waldorf Education

Emmanuel Lopez at The Adventures of Motivatorman

Ellesse at Goal Setting College

Elly Jolly at Jolly Life Coaching

Enoch Tan at Mind Reality

Eric Napier at Quotation Collection

Erin Pavlina at Erin Pavlina.com

Frank Kanu at Frank Uncovers Excellence in Leadership

Frank Roche at KnowHR Blog

Galba Bright at Tune Up Your EQ

Gilad Buchman at Sigsug

Gleb Reys at Personal Development Ideas

Grayson at Modern Worker Blog

Greg Butler at Life as Art

Greg Frost at ChargedAudio.com

Gretchen Rubin at Happiness Project

Gustav at Success-is-in-you.com

Guy Kawasaki at How to Change the World

Gyanish at Diethack

Halina Goldstein at The Inner Travel Journal

Hilda Carroll at Living Out Loud

Heather Goldsmith at A Creative Journal

Henrik Edberg at The Positivity Blog

Honman at Open Your Mind to Prosperity

Inkedmn at The Cranking Widgets Blog

Itzy Sabo at Email Overloaded

Jacklyn Ker at Inspiring and Empowing Lives

Jason and Michael at Black Belt Productivity

Jason Ivers at A Miracle a Day

Jason Womack at Fit and Effective

Jay White at dumb little man tips for life

Jean Browman at Transforming Stress Into Power and Cheerful Monk

Jeff Lilly at Druid Journal

Jeffrey Phillips at Think Faster

Jennifer at Goodness Graciousness

Jenny and Erin at Jenny and Erin

Jeremiah Owyang at Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Jerry Hart at Blue Print to emarketing

Jerry Lopper at Personal Growth

Jessa at clairvoyantGuidance.net

Jim stroup at Managing Leadership

Jim Walton at Black In Business

JoLynn Braley at The Fit Shack

Joan Schramm at Accelerating Momentum

Joanna Young at Coaching Wizardry

Joanne at I’m Happy Fish

Joe Vitale at Dr. Joe Vitale at Zero

John Pratt at John Pratt International

John Place at John Place Online

John W. McKenna at The Leadership Epidemic

John Wesley at Pick The Brain

Jon at Join The Secret

Jonathan at Smart Wealthy Rich and Freelance Folder

Jory Des Jardin at Pause: Meaningful Work

Josh Bickford at Reach For Magnificence and Reach for Magnificence

Josh Kaufman at The Personal MBA

Judy Martin at The Work/Life Monitor

Julia Rogers Hamrick at Julia’s Blog: Journal of the Journey Home to Eden

Julie Bonner at Declutter It

Kailani at An Island Review

Kammie Kobyleski at Passion Meets Purpose

Karen at Journey with Water Learner

Karen Lynch at Live The Power

Karen Wallace at The Clearing Space

Karl Moore at Karl Blog.com

Karl Staib at Karl Staib.com

Keith Ferrazzi at Never Eat Alone

Kevin Kinchen at Creative Power of Thought

Killeris at Attitude, The Ultimate Power

Kim and Jason at Escape Adulthood

Kim George at Doing What You Can Do

Kirk Nugent at Kirk Nugent.com

Kirsten Harrell at Ipopin

Krishna De at Biz Growth News and Todays Women in Business

K.L. Masina at Be Conscious Now

Leah Maclean at Working Solo

Laura Young at The Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life

Lee Nutter at bmindful

Leo Babauta at Zen Habits

Life Reflection at Universe in a Single Atom

Linda Salazar at Awaken The Genie Within

Lisa Braithwaite at Speak Schmeak

Lisa Gates at Design Your Writing Life

Lisa Van Allen at Finish Strong

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog

Lodewijkvdb at How to be an Original

Lola Fayemi at Real World Spiritual and Personal Development

Lorraine Cohen at Powerfull Living

Luciano Passuello at Litemind.com

Lucid at Spiritual Suggestions

Lyman Reed at Creating a Better Life

Lyndon Antcliff at LyndonAntcliff.com and Cornwallseo.com

MT at MindTWEAKS

Maddy at Illuminated Minds Want to Know

Malathy Badri at Laws of Universe

Manny at Success Books

Maria Palma at The Good Life

Marianne Williamson at Journal

Mark at The Naked Soul

Mark Forster at Get Everything Done

Mark LaPierre at The Winding Path

Mark McManus at Build Your Life To Order

Mark W Shead at Productivity 501

Martin Avis at Kickstart Daily

Matthew Cornell at Matt’s Idea Blog

Meg Haworth at Life Lessons From Your Soul

Melanie Benson Strick at The Success Blog

Merlin Mann at 43 Folders

Michelle at aMusing My Genius

Michelle Moore at Happiness Blog

Michael Port at The Think Big Revolution

Michael Vanderdonk at TOACH Performance

Mike Janssen at Opgestroopte Mouwen

Mike St. Pierre at The Daily Saint

Mr.Wang at Mr Wang Says So

My Everyday Planner at My Everyday Planner

Nancy Tierney at Unconditional Confidence

Neil Patel at Quick Sprout

Nic Askew at Monday 9AM Blog

Nick Smith at Life 2.0

Nneka at Balanced Life Center

Organize-It at Organize-It

Pamala Slim at Escape From Cubicle Nation

Pamm Larry at My Spiritual Dance

Patricia Singleton at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker

Patti Digh at 37 Days

Paul at Paul’s Tips

Paul Piotrowski at Self Help Wisdom

Paula Kawal at Paula Kawal.com

Peggy Payne at Peggy Payne’s Boldness Blog

Peter at I Will Change Your Life

Peter Aldin at Great Circle

Peter Haslem at Necessary Skills

Phil Gerbyshak at Make It Great

Philippe Matthews at Shockwealth

Priscilla Palmer at Personal Development Demands Success

Raymond Salas at Zenchill Powertools

Real Modern Man at Real Modern Man

Reg Adkins at ElementalTruths

Ricardo at Wake Up Tiger

Rich Schefren at Strategic Profits

Rick Cockrum at Shards of Consciousness

Rick Cooper at The PDA Pro

Ririan at Ririanproject

Rob at 7Breaths

Rob Cooke at Leave the Office

Robert at Compassionate Council

Robert at Myselfdev

Robin Yapp at Yapp 3.0

Robyn McMaster at Brain Based Biz

Roger Von Oech at Creative Think

Rolf F. Katzenberger at Evomend

Rosa Say at Managing With Aloha Coaching

Ryan Marle at The Alpha Project

S.J. Yee at Personal Development for the Book Smart

Sam at Aquire Wisdom and Live with Passion

Scott Adams at The Dilbert Blog

Scott Berkun at Berkun Blog

Scott Bernadot at Keeping The Secret

Scott Ginsberg at Hello, My Name Is Blog

Scott H Young at Scott H Young

Scott McArthur at McArthur’s Rant

Self Pursuit at Self Pursuit

Senia at Senia.com Positive Psychology Coaching

Seth Godin at Seth’s Blog

Shane Navratil at Zoomstart

Shauna Arthurs at Breathing Prosperity and Follow Your Path

Shaheen Lakhan at GNIF Brain Blogger

Simone at Dynamic Living

Simone and Mandy at Outfit Inspirations

Slade Roberson at Shift Your Spirits and Spiritual Blogging

Sleeping Dude at How to Wake Up Early

Sonora Jayne Case at Positive Realities Coaching

Spike at Organize It

Stephanie and Jeffrey at Brains on Purpose

Steve King at The Green Geek

Steve Olson at Steve-Olson.com

Steve Pavlina at stevepavlina.com

Steve Roesler at All Things Workplace

Stephen at HD bizblog

Steven Aitchison at Change Your Thoughts

Surjit at Gurushabad

Susan Sabo at Productivity Cafe

Suzanne Bird-Harris at Learning Curve Coaching

Ted Demopoulos at Blogging For Business

Terry Starbucker at Ramblings From a Glass Half Full

Thom Quinn at Qlog

Tim Ferris at 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog

Tim Taylor at My Agapic Life

Tom Peters at Tom Peters.com

Tom Spanton at TRCoach

Tom Van Brunscot of Transformation Economy

Tony Chimento at Living Forward

Tony D Clark at Success From The Nest

Torlink at You Create Reality

Travis A. Sinquefield at Disorganizational Behavior

Travis Wright at Cultivate Greatness

Trizoko at Trizoko.com

Trevor Gay at Simplicity is the Key

Troy Worman at Orbit Now!

Tuck Self at Rebel Belle Blog

Tupelo Kenyon at Tupelokenyon.com

Ubertech at Geeks Guide To GTD

Vera Nadine at Vera Nadine.com

Vickie at Contemplate This

Wally Bock and his real-life management insight at Three Star Leadership

Wan Qi at Meditation Forum Mantras

Wild Bill at Passionate Blogger

and these collaborated sites:

Burst Blog

Change This

Change Your Thinking

Daily PlanIt

Did I Get Things Done

GTD Wannabe

Jobman2

Joyful Jubilant Learning

Life Coaches Blog Stratagies for a Greater Life

Lifehack.org

Lifehacker.com

Transformational Girlfriends

Unclutterer

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Beginnings

I’ve always felt that September was really the beginning of the year, rather than January 1st.  It was the time that summer ended and the school year began.  A time for new clothes, new notebooks, and new friendships. A slew of choices.  It’s the time of the Jewish New Year, where you take time to reflect on the year just past, and on the possibilities of the year ahead.  And it’s the month of my birthday.  So in the truest sense, it is the beginning of a new year for me.

This year, like every year before, I’ll wait until the “summer folk” are gone from the beach and go sit on the boardwalk with my pen and pad and think about what I want for the year.  I won’t look back…that’s for another time. Instead, I’ll muse about the choices I have…what I want to change, do, learn and be this year.  I’m sure there will be some old favorites…getting in better shape, learning a new tech skill (I’m a closet geek), having more patience (I’ve been working on this one for a while).  And of course there will be some new goals, some new challenges, and always for me…a one or more huge visions to play with. 

But one choice I’ve already made is that I won’t be doing most of it alone.What I’ve learned over the past few years is that I do extremely well on my own.  But when I am working with someone else either as a collaborator, an accountability partner, or just kicking around ideas, I do 100 times more, do 100 times better at whatever it is I am working on, and even more importantly…have a lot more fun! 

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