Be Bold

When an opportunity or situation presents itself, you may find yourself struggling to work up the courage to tae advantage of it. Opportunities that promise reward come with risk, and the greater the reward, the greater the risk likely is. There’s a simple way to determine whether the risk is acceptable to you, and quickly come to a decision about the opportunity.

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Be the Person for the Job You Want

“I know. You’ve heard it a thousand times: Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got. But I think this message goes far beyond the clothes you wear every day: It’s how you present yourself in meetings and at office events, how you interact with staff both above and below you, and how seriously you take your work.” – Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Muse

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Take a Career Inventory

I often advise people to take a “skills inventory” from time to time. Knowing what skills you have – both professionally and otherwise – make it easier to spot upcoming opportunities and take advantage of them. But I also feel it’s important to periodically inventory your career.

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Build Solid Bridges

The relationships we create in our careers are like bridges: every single one is important, even if you don’t know it right now, and it’s worth building them as solidly as you can.

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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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