13 Questions to Ask Before Taking A Job

13 Questions to Ask Before Taking A Job

Being offered a new job may sound wonderful. But there’s always more to think about than the salary and benefits offered.

Are you sure the job – and the company – is the best fit for you? What do you need to know before making your decision?

That question was recently put to members of the Forbes Coaches Council, and we offered our first-hand insights.

Whether it’s during the interview or after an offer has been made, ask these 13 essential questions and make sure the answers match your goals and values to ensure your success.

Read the full article at Forbes.com.

Overcome Your Bad Habits with 13 Accountability Tricks

Overcome Your Bad Habits with 13 Accountability Tricks

Need to break a bad habit?

We all know it’s harder to overcome bad habits than form good ones. We vow repeatedly to make improvements in our lives, and we might succeed temporarily. But usually our willpower fails and we’re back at square one.

So, what’s the secret to kicking your vices?

I was asked, along with a dozen other members of the Forbes Coaches Council to offer insights on this topic.

You’ll have to be honest with yourself about any bad habits…and you might need some outside help to overcome them.

Find 13 accountability tricks to help you break a bad habit in this Forbes article.  Enjoy!

Overcome Digital Overload With These 15 Simple Habits

Overcome Digital Overload With These 15 Simple Habits

Digital overload can prevent us from living our lives fully and doing our jobs to the best of our ability. It results in reduced productivity and engagement at the office and at home. In addition, it’s costly to businesses and the economy.

How can you minimize overwhelm and maximize your focus, energy and ability to achieve success?

I was asked to answer this question along with 14 other members of the Forbes Coaches Council.

We share our thoughts on this important topic in this article on digital overload at Forbes.

ON THE COUCH: Shocking Confessions of a Self-Made Millionaire: Overcoming Fear: 10 Ways To Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

ON THE COUCH: Shocking Confessions of a Self-Made Millionaire: Overcoming Fear: 10 Ways To Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

You need to give a speech, but crowds terrify you. You know it’s time for a raise, but you don’t know how to work up the nerve to approach your boss. The work you’re doing now no longer satisfies, but finding something new is frightening. What if you don’t succeed?

Fear is a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution when caution is due. But it’s also a limiting thing: Not everything you’re afraid of deserves fear or caution. And sometimes, moments of bravery are what are needed to make your life better.

So how do you step past the fear? The mental trick I use for overcoming fear is to do the research on what it is you want to do. If you want to skydive, research the topic and the best skydive schools around. Also, get out and watch and talk to others who are doing what you aspire to accomplish. Research breeds knowledge, and knowledge breeds confidence.

I, along with 9 other Forbes Coaches answered this question. Go to the full Forbes article to read all the inspiring answers.

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” ~Henry Ford

Linda Zander, The Success Packager Interviewed by Forbes

Linda Zander, The Success Packager Interviewed by Forbes

I am honored to be featured by Forbes on their Forbes Coaches Council blog spotlighting Super Sized Success and its Maximum Riches Formula(tm).

Their interview , originally published at  ForbesCouncils.com, is below. Please have a read and share!

Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful leading business and career coaches. In this spotlight series, we profile our incredible members and share their advice with you. This week: Linda Zander.

Linda Zander is the founder and CEO of Supersizedsuccess.com, serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, public speaker, and success expert.

What inspired you to become a coach?

At 10 years old, my life path revealed itself to me. There was no big event that triggered the realization. I was a highly intuitive child who couldn’t ignore the glaring truth: everywhere I looked people were “living” lives of not-so-quiet discontent. Fear was the driving force of their existence.

I had a burning desire to liberate them from fear and the lack of security, peace of mind and fulfillment it produced. I knew deep within my heart that I could help recast them into the success stories I could clearly see existed within them.

I embarked on a career as an MFC Counselor. Through that journey, I provided counseling to people trapped in self-damaging habits including anorexia, obesity, drug addiction, reoccurring debt, self-cutting, perfectionism, narcissism and compulsive lying. They were young adults, housewives, psychologists, high-level business executives, pro-athletes and even one gang member. They came from poor, middle-income and wealthy families.

I quickly discovered that “conventional” therapy does not address the whole person. And as such, it fails to provide a reliable, sustainable or direct path to recovery, self-esteem and success.

Then, the “A-ha” moment came: Build a holistic model of success moving people off the “couch” and into taking daily esteemable action in all areas of their lives: mental, physical, spiritual and financial. Provide them a more liberating, exhilarating (not emotionally draining), quickened and sustainable path to success. Thus, Super Sized Success and its Maximum Riches Formula™ was born.

What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?

“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” I practice this advice from Gandhi daily. His extraordinary life is an example of what having a vision, self-restraint, personal responsibility, fearlessness, compassion and leading a values-driven life can do for not only yourself but for all humanity. He has proven that living one’s truth is the non-negotiable way to achieve and sustain success.

What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?

The biggest hurdle my clients face is not knowing their core values and the intangible “why’s” behind their goals, which are their innate internal drivers. Discover the truth of who you are, create goals and make decisions that are consistent with that truth. In so doing, you will achieve a quickened path to a well-balanced life of wealth and well-being. To kick start the process, I ask my clients one very important question: What is the most important thing in the world to you and why?