Martha Beck

My toughest challenge in 2010 was keeping my head from exploding as I ping-ponged between the US and Africa, trying to keep two sets of personal and business activities rolling on opposite sides of the globe. My greatest accomplishment, I believe, was that I learned to remain calm in many ...

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50 Lessons Life Taught Me

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. When my odometer rolled over to 50, I updated the list. Here it is:Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. When in doubt, just take the next small ...

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Tracee Ellis Ross

What was my toughest challenge & greatest accomplishment in 2010? Toughest Challenge: Allowing the gap between where I am and where I want to be to inspire instead of freak me out and paralyze me. Biggest Accomplishment: The progress I have made (one day at a time) on my One Woman Show and ...

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How to Feel More Satisfied at Work

With the dawn of a New Year, many of us are examining various aspects of our lives – especially our professional lives. As a career coach, I work with a lot of people who want more satisfaction and fulfillment from their jobs, but don’t necessarily have the luxury of finding new employers. So ...

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Premal Shah

In 2010, Kiva’s biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment was growth. We needed to almost double our staff just to keep up with demand, which was a challenge to keep up with! Our biggest accomplishment was that we were able to keep up with this growth. We also grew our management ...

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Premal Shah

What tops my 2011 To Do List? Until recently, Kiva has focused largely on enabling microloans to entrepreneurs. In 2010 we added student loans, and in 2011 we plan to extend the micro-lending model to new, non-traditional markets: water loans, green energy loans, and ...

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Candace Nelson

What was my toughest challenge & greatest accomplishment in 2010? I grew the Sprinkles family [www.sprinkles.com] by two stores and my own family by one, in addition to filming two seasons of Cupcake Wars. I’d say it was a year of challenges and accomplishments rolled into ...

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7 Steps to Starting Your Own Business in 2011

It used to be that getting a real job—working for someone else and collecting a paycheck every two weeks—was the easy and safe route. But with 26 million Americans out of work or underemployed, it’s pretty obvious that’s no longer the case. Starting a business, which has always been perceived ...

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