What does it mean to have a “career”? For the past 100 years or so, it’s meant finding a company that will pay you a fair wage to do the same thing over and over again for 40 years.
No one seems to want one of those anymore. In fact, the word “career” seems to elicit more of a gag reflex now than feelings of pride.
But I’m a hold out. I want a career – a great one. I think that when you decide to dedicate your life to something and spend 14,600 days doing it over and over again, it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can accomplish something amazing and amass a body of work that truly changes things. Continue reading
You know how to write a resume and ask for a promotion. These talks go beyond the basics, offering insightful advice on how to think about our work lives.
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why?
Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. Continue reading
One art form that seems to have fallen by the wayside for many people is that of the handwritten thank-you note. A thank-you note is an elegant and inexpensive way to show appreciation to someone who has assisted you in some fashion and also is a stellar way to improve a potential business contact.
What does it cost, and what are the potential dividends?
This is a entrepreneurial blog, after all, so the biggest question is whether or not a thank you note is worth the time and money. It comes down to this: is it worth the time investment (a few minutes) and the money investment (at most, a dollar) to create an additional positive impression on the person you would send the note to? Unless the answer is an emphatic “no,” then a thank-you note is worth the investment. Continue reading
If I’ve learned anything about success in my relatively short time on Earth, it’s that in order to have any chance to obtain it, it’s really important to surround yourself with people that are better at what they do than you are at what you do.
Having friends and mentors that inspire you to be the best you can be will make a huge difference in your life.
Everyone can think of somebody they really look up to – someone that embodies what they’d like to accomplish themselves – but oftentimes these people hold some kind of celebrity status and feel completely out of reach.
You should know that the right celebrities, though, are actually easy to get a hold of and even very open to new relationships if you approach them genuinely. Continue reading
If you want to start on a serious career path, don’t even think about giving up during the first year. Very little happens during the first year in terms of results. Most businesses aren’t even profitable in their first 2 years; it takes them that long just to become sustainable, even for fairly small businesses.
I often see this with people looking to build businesses on-line. So many would-be pro bloggers / online entrepreneurs / social media consultants etc give up in their first 6 months. They get bored, lose interest, or get a “better” idea for some other venture. I see them change topics or URLs and start over once or twice a year. After five years of this kind of dabbling, they’ve still barely gotten anywhere. They keep erasing what little progress they’ve made, so they never have the chance to develop anything serious and enduring.
When it comes to building any sort of business, either online or offline, this dabbling approach is a bit ridiculous. Continue reading
Yesterday i blogged about How to Survive being laid off from work, and one of my readers asked if i had any advice to offer on ways to ensure that you are not laid off in the first place. With Major companies like Microsoft, Walmart and JP Morgan all restructuring and laying off employees this year, no one is safe, despite the upturn in economic conditions. With this in mind, here are list of strategies to avoid getting laid off from your job : Continue reading