Want to make changes? Start with YOU

Making changes is not always easy.
When making a change start by playing to your strengths – it’s a good starting point.

Here are a few things I learned along the highway of life:

  • Do your part. And don’t expect, or accept, any handouts.
  • Know when the price you pay it’s too high – and get out.
  • Your life-experience determines how you see the world.

Do your part. And don’t expect, or accept, any handouts
When you want something then you need to put in the effort.
(Generally, that’s what it takes to become an “overnight success.”)


Know when the price you pay it’s too high – and get out
Years ago, before starting my consulting business, I was working for a company where I made a good salary.

But I was working 12-hour days. There were times when I was there even on Sundays.
Sure, I was appreciated. But, at some point I realized how much time I was putting in.

I didn’t have a life outside work. It was a high price to pay. And it was time to make the decision.
Whether it’s the business or personal arena, know when it’s time to get out. And do it.

Your life-experience determines how you see the world
It’s been said that we see the world not the way it really is; but the way WE are.
Think about it. The people in our lives, events, experiences:
All of these help shape who we are.

My greatest asset is the knowledge that I can always start from zero and build it all back up.
Making my own decisions since I was a teenager certainly helped build my confidence.

But it started long before that, with my dad.
He made me feel I’m smart, strong, and can do anything if I’m willing to work for it.
In school, the teachers continued to build on that foundation.
(Parents and educators have the most important job in the world.)

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The environment we grow up in, the country we live in, the people we surround ourselves with:
All of these shape who we are.
Who we become.

You want to make changes in your life?
Start with YOU. Set your goals. Put in the effort.
Periodically asses how you are doing. Adjust or change course when necessary.
Do your part and contribute: at home, with family and friends.
And in the community.

Think what you can accomplish.
The possibilities are limitless!

And think what we can all accomplish, as a nation,
if we can make the best use of our human capital.

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Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
Its mission: to make learning fun! And easy.

Through its training, consulting, and publications OBI builds bridges of knowledge to take you from where you are to
where you want to go. Using a mix of serious, informal, analytical, and optimistic approach, OBI truly makes learning fun.

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