The Career Woman

with Natalie MacNeil

Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award-winning media producer, bestselling author of She Takes on the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose, and Founder of SheTakesOnTheWorld.com. Come visit us to get Natalie's free 14-day Conquer Course to turn your small business into something big! She Takes On The World is a popular blog for career-minded women and women entrepreneurs. It was recognized by Forbes on its list, "Ten Best Career Sites for Women," and was featured by ForbesWoman in "Top 100 Websites for Women." Natalie is also the Co-founder of Imaginarius, a media company known for its groundbreaking work in animation, games, and interactive innovations. The firm's latest project, Out My Window, was the world's first 360-degree interactive documentary for which Natalie and her business partner earned an Emmy. Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media discussing entrepreneurship, women in business, and new media. She has appeared in top media outlets like Forbes, ForbesWoman, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Entrepreneur.com, Financial Post, and Mashable.

Daily Meditation For Success - Do This First Thing Every Morning

Categories: Balance, self care, success, work life balance

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There are so many myths about how to meditate, what a daily meditation practice means, and what the overall experience of meditation should be. I was happy to see Bhanu Narasimhan from the Art of Living Foundation debunk common meditation myths.

Here’s the thing: Meditation is for everyone, and it’s different for everyone. There is no right or wrong way of doing it, and meditation can help you increase your focus, reduce stress, and prevent common health ailments. While some people have a meditation practice that is part of a larger religious or spiritual path, it certainly doesn’t have to be.

If you’re a little skeptical about the benefits of meditation, I love this Lifehacker post, What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You), written by a former skeptic of meditation.
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10 Things I Told Myself When I Started My First Business

Categories: career advice, entrepreneurship, work

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I started working on my first real business when I was still in university. I say “real” because I always had little ventures going on as a kid, from running lemonade stands to selling stationary door to door. I have certainly learned some valuable lessons through my experiences and I am still learning.

The lesson I learned when that first business flopped was the hardest one. It was an epic fail that stung for awhile, but it also taught me some of the most valuable business lessons I’ve learned.

In the years since, with the wisdom I’ve gained, I can reflect on who I was and what I knew — and didn’t know yet — when I was starting my first business. If I could go back in time, here are the 10 lessons I would share with my younger, less-experienced self:

1. Your first attempt at this business is going to fail. But DO IT ANYWAY because you’re going to learn a lot that will make the next attempt very successful.

2. Don’t listen to the haters. A lot of people are going to tell you your ideas are stupid, you’re too young to start a business, you should get a real job, most businesses fail, and a whole bunch of other negative comments to make you feel small.
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