The List That Can Change Your Life

Is this you?

  • I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years.
  • I didn’t really choose this career.
  • I don’t even know what I want to do.
  • Every time I think about leaving it, I feel guilty.
  • Shouldn’t I be grateful for what I have?

If you feel this way, you are not alone!

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

How to Know if Your Job Doesn't Fit

When you go to work do you feel constrained and uncomfortable? 

You know the feeling. It’s like pulling on a shirt or sweater that’s too small. You can’t wait to get it off, it’s driving you crazy. And it looked so good on the shelf!

That’s how it feels when you work for a company whose values don’t match yours.

In today’s economy, you may ignore the warning signs of a misfit. After all, it’s a job! You know how to do it, the pay is good, and so is the benefits package. You reassure yourself you just need to get to know them…

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

How to Be More Engaged at Work

Here are four steps to feel more energized and satisfied on the job.

Are you engaged at work?

If not, don’t worry—87 percent of people worldwide report not feeling engaged on the job. Many of us don’t expect work to be something we enjoy; it’s called work for a reason, right? We feel it is normal to “check out” during the day and head home without feeling fulfilled or accomplished.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Are You Stuck?

  • Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative?

  • Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas?

  • Is your company or industry in decline?

Most of us don’t do anything about situations like these because deep down we hope something will change.

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About The Author

Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Does the Shoe Fit?

Do you have a dream to make the world a better place? 

Build stronger neighborhoods, improve the educational system, change how we use energy, create access to capital for overlooked entrepreneurs, or shift consumption habits of everything from paper to potato chips?

Most people deep down want to see their work as contributing to a better world, even if that better world is making a living for their family, so kids can be healthier, better educated, and so on.

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Hustle, Unplug, Repeat

Statistics show that Americans are working harder, for longer hours, and are more productive than ever. Yet, few are getting ahead and most are grateful if they can just make ends meet. As stress-related illnesses account for an increasing number of doctor visits, the call to slow down and unplug has gotten louder. But juggling the demands of worldly life can often end up at odds with being attentive to our individual needs. Sometimes, knowing where to best make the trade-off is all we can do.

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J. Brown's picture

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Make Your Job Juicier in 4 Easy Steps

Are there days you leave your office feeling like a wet T- shirt just out of the washer: heavy and useless? 

Would you like more days when you feel like a freshly ironed shirt?

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About The Author

Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

evox at Collision Conference in New Orleans

Hello evox Community.  Some of us on the evox Core Team are at the Collision Conference in New Orleans this week presenting and promoting evox.life — a new mobile app that we will be launching for the evox Community sometime soooon! Launching a new social impact platform is an amazing feat and we have built this digital world for all of us to have private, secure, and safe community to share, learn, grow, and support one another in living our best lives.

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Xav Dubois's picture

Xav Dubois is CEO of evox. "Our company, evox, is very much engaged in the inquiry that I've been in for my entire life: 'How do we make the planet and its people happier, more joyful, satisfied, and peaceful?' We're using Video Content, Conscious Commerce, and a Global Community to help bring about a world that honors all and supports monetary and social systems that are honest, fair, and just for everyone! Our Television Network, evoxTelevision.com, supports this by showing content that empowers, educates, and inspires while evoxMarketplace.com supports people and vendors who are striving to lead healthier, happier, and more sustainable lives. We're proud to be part of the process and we truly appreciate YOU for being with us on this journey. We look forward to hearing from you and the many benefits we hope you reap by being a part of the evox Community."

Dear Entrepreneurs...

TO MY FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS and SOCIALPRENEURS!!! This post is JUST for you.

Keep going.

Very few people know what it means to start a company and deal with all the problems that WE have to specifically deal with. It takes incredible courage and stamina to keep going after you have taken all the hits you've taken.

Remember your vision! Remember that you are resilient and strong and have a community to turn to for help.

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Xav Dubois's picture

Xav Dubois is CEO of evox. "Our company, evox, is very much engaged in the inquiry that I've been in for my entire life: 'How do we make the planet and its people happier, more joyful, satisfied, and peaceful?' We're using Video Content, Conscious Commerce, and a Global Community to help bring about a world that honors all and supports monetary and social systems that are honest, fair, and just for everyone! Our Television Network, evoxTelevision.com, supports this by showing content that empowers, educates, and inspires while evoxMarketplace.com supports people and vendors who are striving to lead healthier, happier, and more sustainable lives. We're proud to be part of the process and we truly appreciate YOU for being with us on this journey. We look forward to hearing from you and the many benefits we hope you reap by being a part of the evox Community."

Three Champions Create Social Enterprise From Tragedy

Frederick Hutson, Co-Founder of Pigeonly; Britnie Turner, Founder and CEO of Aerial Development Group; and April De Simone, Co-Founder of Designing the WE, sit side by side—unlikely people to be sharing a panel together. At a Social Venture Network conference, Laura Flanders, successful media guru and host of The Laura Flanders Show, interviewed these three champions, showcasing the power of overcoming tragedy through the power of social enterprise.

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Julie Fahnestock's picture

Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

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Albino rat escaping from its cage
03/25/2019
Is this you? I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years. I didn’t really choose this career. I don’t even know what I want to do. Every time I think about leaving it, I... read more
Overwhelmed man with head down on desk
02/11/2019
When you go to work do you feel constrained and uncomfortable?  You know the feeling. It’s like pulling on a shirt or sweater that’s too small. You can’t wait to get it off, it’s... read more
Smiling man at desk at work wit note on his forehead - BE HAPPY
12/10/2018
Here are four steps to feel more energized and satisfied on the job. Are you engaged at work? If not, don’t worry—87 percent of people worldwide report not feeling engaged on the job. Many... read more
11/26/2018
Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative? Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas? Is your company or industry in decline? Most of us don’t do anything... read more
Pair of pink sneakers on a long beach.
11/05/2018
Do you have a dream to make the world a better place?  Build stronger neighborhoods, improve the educational system, change how we use energy, create access to capital for overlooked... read more
Shot from behind of man in hammock near waterfall
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Statistics show that Americans are working harder, for longer hours, and are more productive than ever. Yet, few are getting ahead and most are grateful if they can just make ends meet. As stress-... read more
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Are there days you leave your office feeling like a wet T- shirt just out of the washer: heavy and useless?  Would you like more days when you feel like a freshly ironed shirt? Find What’s... read more
Outdoor sign for #CollisionConf in New Orleans
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Hello evox Community.  Some of us on the evox Core Team are at the Collision Conference in New Orleans this week presenting and promoting evox.life — a new mobile app that we will be launching... read more
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