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Adam Smiley Poswolsky
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Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial career expert, an internationally renowned keynote speaker, and the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a guide for millennials to find meaningful work. His next book will be published by Tarcher Perigee (Penguin Random House) in 2016.

Smiley has spoken about finding meaningful work at Fortune 500 companies, international conferences and leadership development programs, universities and graduate schools.

Smiley writes stories about purpose-driven millennials who are making a positive impact in their communities. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, GOOD, The Huffington Post, The Hairpin, among others.

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Entries by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

The Joy of Being 30-Something

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 10:23 AM

When you turn 30, you can't fake it anymore. It becomes impossible to work a job you hate, date someone you aren't in love with, and treat your body like crap. After 30, you begin to feel more. You're more in touch with your body, your heart, and your soul.

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The One Piece of Advice Every College Graduate Needs to Know

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:14 PM

When you graduate college without 100 percent knowing what's next, it's really hard and really scary, and sometimes people laugh at you -- and sometimes you laugh at yourself. "You spent HOW MUCH MONEY on college?! You were a FILM STUDIES major?! You took INTRO TO DANCE senior year?! Have...

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Should You Self-Publish Your First Book?

(10) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:45 AM

When I first considered writing a book about millennials seeking meaning in their professional lives, my dream was to find a publisher. I knew publishers would be intrigued since the topic was highly relevant to 20- and 30-somethings and receiving frequent media coverage in outlets like The New York Times,...

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Night Market to Celebrate Food and Entrepreneurship in San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 11:51 AM


Born and raised in San Francisco, Fernay McPherson was nine years-old when she learned to make her grandmother's favorite dish, mac and cheese. Years later, she still makes mac and cheese, gumbo, fried chicken, collard greens, and other Southern dishes she cooked...

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Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate on Building Detroit's Future

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 4:24 PM


Listing the dismal array of social problems facing the city of Detroit is easier than bobbing your head up and down to an Eminem song.

Between severe literacy rates (a 2011 report found that nearly half the city is functionally...

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To NOPA With Love

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Six months ago, I moved into a five-person house in a gloriously quiet yet bristling residential neighborhood north of the Panhandle in San Francisco. My first week here, when I told a San Franciscan that I just moved to NOPA, she rolled her eyes and said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's...

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A Patriots Fan Wakes Up

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:44 AM

This past Sunday morning, it was 60 degrees and sunny as I walked under the palm trees on my way to my friend's house to watch the AFC Championship, sporting my New England Patriots hoodie, enduring jeers from locals decked out in red San Francisco 49ers jerseys. As a Boston...

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Three Ways to Avoid Facebook Induced FOMO

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:34 PM

If you are like me, and you spend a decent amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you often see both friends and strangers accomplishing great things; getting a new job, saving the world, starting a new company, being featured in a magazine, falling deeply in love, traveling to...

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