Donald Trump brags that he used a $1 million inheritance to create $10 billion net worth. CEOs like Valeant's Mike Pearson hype their quarterly results. Whatever happened to humility as a virtue for leaders?
Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. More than an accident, it was the beginning of the meltdown of the Soviet Union and defrosting of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev has written that Chernobyl "was an historic turning point" and "perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later." The secretive, cover-up culture of the Soviet state, he recalls, kept timely information from getting to the top so a quick response could be formulated. "The Chernobyl disaster, more than anything else," says Gorbachev, "opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue. It made absolutely clear how important it was to continue the policy of glasnost."(continued)
About a year ago, when James Orsini joined VaynerMedia as our Chief Integration Officer (CIO), he was amazed at how low our voluntary turnover rate was. "What are we doing?" he asked me. My response? "We are an HR-driven organization."
I chased every lead to market my business online. I didn't know where to put a majority of my efforts. And I spread myself thin because I was driven to make this work. After months of trying and failing, I finally hit a turning point that made my business profitable.
We reach a certain stage where we may think we're too old, or we're not smart enough, or we're not fast enough, or that we can't or shouldn't do certain things for whatever limiting reason we want to tell ourselves.
You want to be a real estate investor, but you don't even own your own home. How can you make it happen? Especially when you check out your assets and cash and can't find a 20% down payment anywhere in the pile, it looks impossible.
I understand why many jobseekers resort to unconventional means to get their point across -- especially when HR managers and hiring managers are reviewing hundreds of applicants a day. Everyone is competing for their undivided attention. But resume gimmicks rarely work.
Donating to charity is a noble thing to do, but be sure you do your research before you donate your hard-earned money. Looking into the organization and using good judgment will help give you peace of mind that your donation is going towards a good cause.
When you're a busy entrepreneur, it's easy to get caught up in your work. It's easy to become distracted by your never-ending to-do list. But this is also a dangerous place to be.
For my pajamas I choose the softest, lightweight cottons, and if possible made with organic fabrics. Pajamas for children have to be comfortable, and keep the body temperature uniform throughout the night.