Author: Hilary Jastram

Three Reasons to Appreciate the Hard Lessons In Business

If you’re like most every other entrepreneur out there, you have a story of disappointment to tell—times when your plans didn’t pan out. It doesn’t make you a failure. No, you, like many others, have experienced failure. Big difference. It’s all part and parcel of the entrepreneur life, and you should be aware of this reality if entrepreneurship is a path you are seriously considering. You should know the road does get bumpy. You will make choices you will regret, you will eat your share of humble pie, and you will be asked difficult questions. Some days, you won’t feel so proud of yourself....

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The Drive

It might make me unpopular, but I don’t care. Since things have started taking off, I have had people ask me how I am doing it, especially since I am chronically ill. I have dealt with people taking a look at the inside and wanting to be a part of it, supposing I just might be not only a nice person but a doormat. And there is a difference in indulging in our weaknesses (we all have them), and in truly being oppressed. So, don’t throw me that shade. I am talking about the drive, the shit that all of...

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How Practicing One Small Habit Can Change Your Life

Living in a rut is exhausting. You may know someone who seems unlucky, or maybe you feel that way yourself. Your inner voice echoes, I can’t believe all the shit happening to me. I must be the unluckiest person alive. Or maybe, This isn’t my day… again. You make plans, do your best to follow through with the details. You might overanalyze and still you wonder, Why in the world is my life so hard? I have talked to many people about their issues, especially since I’ve gotten chronically ill. Other members of my support group and I share symptom similarities, relate...

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After a Disabling Diagnosis, Men Strive to Redefine Their Identities

The time is overdue to delve into the mystery of why a man’s identity is so closely connected to what he does for a living…especially a disabled man. Men scrambled out of the woodwork when I announced to my transverse myelitis support group that I was conducting interviews with male members only, those willing to share how their diagnosis and disability had affected their identity. Because men, it seems, feel the time is overdue to delve into the mystery of why a man’s identity is so closely connected to what he does for a living. Imagine you are at a dinner...

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