Being polite often means not communicating how we really feel. We swallow the truth to keep our jobs, our friends and to maintain the peace in the family. It's likely better that way, but when it comes to figuring out next career and life moves, half-truths will keep you stuck.
To be truly successful, you need to determine the difference between good and bad advice as it relates to your own career aspirations. That means you'll need to learn how to keep the useful parts and leave the rest.
Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Many will tell you to "follow your passion" or "do what you love," but like Cal Newport argues in So Good They Can't Ignore You, this is not very useful advice.
The search for summer jobs is already in full swing. Resumes and emails from eager college and high school students abound! Interns can be fantastic. But not all interns are created equal. Here are some tips for getting, keeping, and benefiting from an internship.
Simple enthusiasm and an honest desire to do one's best are not good enough. No, you must bring your passion to the table and lay bare your soul. We require access to your most profound and visceral feelings. This job must move you.
When applying for a position it is most beneficial to properly "market your brand" so that an employer can easily evaluate your candidacy based on how you specifically are qualified and how you are better equipped than the competition.
Start-ups, not-for-profits, small (and large) businesses come and go. During the holidays of 2004, while sitting at my desk in the basement of my parent's home, the question for me became; if this business failed tomorrow, what did I do with it?
Employers at interview and other career events often mention "poor interview preparation" among even the best and brightest applicants for their positions. Many students struggle with addressing some of the most basic interview scenarios due to lack of experience or forethought.
When something needs to be accomplished I would rather stay up late and get something done in one day rather than spend two days doing something. This is why I didn't fare well in an office setting. And now I know why.
When I was in college, I fell for an Englishman. We had one of those relationships where we didn't see each other much, but when we did, it was epic. Long dinners in London. Camping in the woods. It sounds wildly romantic, but there was a slight problem. His girlfriend.
Why is it so very easy for us to put off tomorrow what can be done today? Strategy is your plan of action that you develop in order to achieve your vision. It's all about gaining or at least being prepared for a position or an advantage over the competition.
The classic advice of cutting back on lattes is the best example of personal-finance "experts" run amok. Not only does the advice not work -- most people fail to cut back on their caffeine because it's an important pleasure in their day -- but even if it did work, $3 a day doesn't add up to much!