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Mind over Matter: Seattle Hypnotherapist Digs for the Root Cause

Hypnotherapist Lisa Crunick helps clients overcome roadblocks by changing their mind

No, clucking like a chicken never happens in my office. People have lots of images of hypnosis from stage shows and movies, which shows how powerful the mind is, but also how easy it is for people to dismiss hypnosis as a healing strategy. If someone calls me for a past-life regression, I refer him or her to someone else. Although, I have had several clients have past-life memories while hypnotized, and those are experiences I will never forget.

I first got into hypnotherapy when I was teaching a weight-loss class that utilized hypnosis. Part of my job was leading people to discover the emotional reasons behind what they ate and helping them break patterns related to weight gain and loss. The company that I worked for sold the branch office where I taught, and I was suddenly faced with going it on my own or finding a more “normal” job. I had already dipped in and out of the corporate world, and I knew that wasn’t what I was going to do, but venturing out on my own with no marketing experience was scary. I had the responsibility of two children and no child support, but my deeper mind knew it was my life’s work.

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molly | July 12, 2011 | Education, Healthcare, Small business, Women, Working Mother | 8

Leadership Guru Jim Kouzes on Soul-Draining Jobs, Leadership and the Millennial Generation

Jim Kouzes and Jamie Woolf

Jim Kouzes is coauthor of the best-selling and award-winning book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 1.8 million copies sold. The Wall Street Journal has recognized Jim as one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States. His new book The Truth About Leadership, was published in August, 2010. Jim spoke about work and leadership with Jamie Woolf of The Working Chronicles.

The Working Chronicles:  Many people today find themselves in soul-draining jobs. What advice do you have for people who are looking to make their work more fulfilling?

Jim Kouzes: In order to grow to become the best you can be, there have to be three conditions: you have to have passion for something, you have to have a purpose on which to focus that passion, and then you have to persist. This is why I don’t like the advice that says, “You are going to have five different careers in your life.” That’s BS. You’re not. You cannot become the best in five different things in your life. You can get good at five things, but you can’t become the best. It will take you five years to get good, and ten years to become world-class competitive. And then, because everything is changing–new technologies, new techniques, new methods, new challenges–you’re going to be learning all over again. So you have to look at what you have passion for, what purpose you want to serve, and how you’re going to persist.

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molly | March 08, 2011 | Education, Innovation, Leadership | 0

How a Reluctant Chinese Engineer Designed a New Life in the US

Engineer Duo Wang builds a bright career following the darkness of China’s Cultural Revolution

Loneliness sparks creativity

I was born in Manchuria in 1957, the son of intellectual parents who were from wealthy families. Seven years before my birth, the Communists seized our property and labeled us enemies of the people. In later years, my father was jailed, tortured and exiled. Because this bad family background, I was ostracized from society at a young age.

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molly | February 22, 2011 | Education, Entrepreneurs, Government, Innovation, Job Search | 6

The Evolving Artist

Painter, teacher, writer, and actor Betsy Franco finds creative success while moving from one medium to the next

“I knew that in order to feel sane, I had to create somehow.”

“Betsy and I met in Bikram yoga many years ago. With her dark long hair and petite, fit frame, I thought she was in her late forties or early fifties, but she is the mother of three grown sons—all successful and creative artists. She asked that we not mention her age because she’s now acting and would rather keep herself open for younger roles. Our discussion explores her creative path and how it led to the successful work and art she creates today.”

- Chronicler Carrie Coltman

Even when I was a child, I knew what made me happy

As a child growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, I remember feeling delighted when I was drawing pictures, in school or on my own. Creativity was important to my parents, and they encouraged my art. I still have some of the drawings I made while we lived in Japan, when I was five and six years old and my father was an oral surgeon in the Navy. Throughout my childhood, I was drawn to art, poetry, and math, but I couldn’t have told you that then—I only see it looking back.

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molly | November 16, 2010 | Education, Publishing, Women, Working Mother | 6

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