Embrace the chaos.

A lot of us don’t like chaos in our lives. I mean, I don’t. I don’t love uncertainty, and I don’t love stress. I like to be able to focus on a problem and work it, not be constantly jolted in a new direction by a set of ever-changing circumstances and requirements. Ugh. But… I have to say, embracing chaos on rare occasions can be life-changing in the most positive ways imaginable.

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People are a Package Deal

There have been folks in my industry that I’ve looked up to. I’ve admired them, and thought, “I’d like to be like them.” They are, or have, something that I want to be or have. Maybe it’s where they’re at in their career. Maybe it’s the respect they have from their peers. Maybe it’s their salary. But I got a wake-up call on that admiration one day.

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Stop Being an Engineer.

I often tell people that I have “engineer brain.” It has a lot to do with how I was brought up in my first couple of jobs, and it’s largely served me well. But it’s also a weakness, sometimes, and I’m coming to understand exactly how toxic it can be when it’s misapplied.

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Is it “Lazy” not to Try and Change Something in Your Life?

We’re at the time of the year when people are starting to get tired of their New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym more, and the gyms start getting a little less crowded, and the gym companies start counting up their profits. If you’re one of the folks who fell off the resolution wagon, you might feel lazy. But what is “lazy?”

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10x Thinking and You

There’s a meme that’s been going around for a while now about “10x thinking.” Basically, it’s the idea of looking at something and figuring out a way that you could not only make it a little better, but make it ten times better. And it’s a kind of thinking that everyone should be going, although not in quite the way you might imagine.

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Stop Trying to Impress Your Heroes

It’s a natural human thing to want to please the people you look up to. We do that with our parents, and we also do it with our heroes. You know, the people in our profession or lives that we admire, and perhaps want to be like. We should stop that.

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Mentoring (ugh)

I do not love the word mentor. That’s because it’s actually a dude’s name. Mentor. So saying mentoring is a lot like saying “oh, I was rogered at work today,” which British people will assure you is not a desirable thing. But the activity that we all use the word mentor to describe is useful, and it’s bidirectional.

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Brainstorm Your Day

Do you ever wish you had more time in the day? You can’t, of course, but you can certainly optimize. Create better productive times, acknowledge needed breaks, and more. Let’s analyze your day and brainstorm some improvements!

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If You Can’t Be Confident, Learn How to Fake it

We all have crises of confidence. We can’t walk into every situation and feel completely confident. That’s normal. It’s especially true when we’re after something high-stakes, like a new job, and we let our nerves get the better of us. But in those circumstances, it’s still important to appear confident, even when you don’t feel it, so here are some tips.

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Why Community is Important

Most of us have some kind of opportunity to participate in communities. Maybe it’s the school PTA, maybe it’s a technology user group, or maybe it’s a book club. Whatever the opportunity, make sure you’re taking advantage of it, because there’s real value to be gained.

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