Taking it on Yourself

There are definitely times when someone in your life – a coworker, maybe, or even a family member – just ticks you off. And for reasons that are entirely on them. Maybe they’re just not listening to you, or maybe they’re willfully ignoring you, or whatever. It’d be easy for the situation to escalate, or go entirely un-addressed. But there’s a better way.

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Career vs. Job

This is a topic I hit up every now and again, because I feel there’s always people who could hear it again, or who are maybe hearing it for the first time. It’s simple: your job is not your career.

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Career ≠ Meaning

No job, and no career, no matter how fantastic, gives your life meaning. You might give meaning to your life while performing your job or career, but life, and its meaning, it about what you learn. It’s about who you are, or who you can become. Life is about who you love, and who loves you. It’s about how you leave the world, as much as what you do while you’re in it.

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What’re You Good For?

One of the neat things about life is that you never know what it’s going to throw at you, or to put that in a more positive light, what it’s going to offer you. Let’s imagine that as a financial analogy, because there’s a cool point to be made, here.

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Being on Stage and not Losing Your Voice (it’s a metaphor)

Imagine a person who’s in one of those touring Broadway shows. Five days a week, they have to go dance the same dance, sing the same song, and wear the same costumes. They have to do it flawlessly, exactly the same, every time. And they almost always do it. There’s a big lesson to be learned from them, for anyone who has any kind of job.

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Timeflipped: Baselining my Time

In Be the Master, I wrote about how I manage my time both from an inventory/baseline perspective, as well as from tracking my usage. I use a specific device to do so, and I have some pretty specific outcomes that I try to create. I thought I’d share them.

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When People Get Critical

I will freely admit that I am not good at accepting criticism. I’m better than I was 20 years ago, and better than even 10 years ago; I get a little better every year, I think. But I still don’t like it – accepting it cheerfully is all an act. But I continue to press myself to be better, and here’s why.

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Why “Success” isn’t a Long-Term Goal

I had a fun discussion recently with a person who let me know, in very clear terms, that he disagreed with my advice in Be the Master to “Define Your Success.” “Success,” he told me, “is just a long term goal, and those blind you to near-term opportunities.” Obviously, I have a slightly different take on it.

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Apprentice Audiences Outside of Work

One of the big messages in Be the Master is that you need to find your Apprentice Audience. And a second part of that message is that, for many of us, our apprentices aren’t going to be in the same workplace as we are. While you certainly don’t need to be the smartest person in the room at work in order to offer something to people, sometimes you have just as much, if not more, to offer people outside the office.

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