Career Success? No Problem!

As I’ve mentioned in the past, one of the great benefits of writing this career success blog is the books people send me asking me to do a review.  Most of them are great and I write something positive about them.  If I really don’t like a book, I simply write nothing about it.

When I returned from a trip last Friday, I had a copy of No Problem! How to Focus on Solutions by Elizabeth Hanley waiting for me.  As the title suggests, this is a book about how to move from negative to positive thinking quickly and easily.  Doing so will help you focus on solutions, rather than wallowing in your problems.  Focusing on solutions puts you in control of your life and career success.

This reminds me of the career advice I offer in Tweet 37 in my career advice book Success Tweets.  “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react it. Don’t dwell on the negative.  Use it as a springboard to action and creativity.”

Elizabeth suggests four tips for dealing with problems.  These four tips will help you use problems and setback s as springboard to action and creativity.  As with most good career advice, they are simple common sense.

  1. Define the problem – See it as it is.
  2. Own the problem – Take control and feel your power.
  3. See the truth in the problem – And solutions become clear.
  4. Stay balanced – See the big picture to keep problems from keeping your stuck in a rut.

I like these four tips.  Stuff happens as you go through life; positive stuff, negative stuff, happy stuff, sad stuff, frustrating stuff – problems and opportunities.  The important thing is not what happens, but how you react to it.  Smash your negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones.  Follow Elizabeth’s four steps. Don’t get mired in your problems, use them as springboards to action and creativity.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple.  Successful people follow the advice in Tweet 37 in Success Tweets.  “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it.  Don’t dwell on the negative, use it as a springboard to action and creativity.”  In her book No Problem! How to Focus on Solutions, Elizabeth Hanley offers four tips for dealing with problems and setbacks: 1) Define the problem. 2) Own the problem. 3) See the truth in the problem.  4) Stay balanced. These are great tips for proactively taking charge of your life and career.  Get the book, read it, follow Elizabeth’s career advice and you’ll be on your way to the career success you deserve.

That’s the career advice that I found in Elizabeth Hanley’s book No Problem!  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks for reading my daily musings on lfe and career success.  I value you and I appreciate you.


PS: If you haven’t already done so, I suggest that you check out my career advice book Success Tweets and its companion piece Success Tweets Explained.  The first gives you 140 bits of career success advice tweet style — in 140 characters or less.  The second is a whopping 390 + pages of career advice explaining each of the common sense tweets in Success Tweets in detail.  Go to to claim your free copy.  You’ll also start receiving my daily life and career success quotes.

PPS: Have you seen my membership site, My Corporate Climb?  It’s devoted to helping people just like you create career success inside large corporations.  You can find out about it by going to http://www.mycorporateclimb.



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