Our Power and Purpose

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​[W]e are torn this way and that. Social and business pressures push us, and we go along, but the spark within is hard to extinguish, and even as we hurry to conform we may pause to wonder if this is all there is to life, and we glance uneasily over our shoulders (once a week […]

Chasing Career Specters

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In every industry or profession there is a mythical,  ideal character we feel compelled to emulate. If we want to get a good job, get ahead, and be seen as on top or at least  acceptable, we twist ourselves to think and act as they do. But this ideal doesn’t exist. She/he/it is a loosely defined […]

It’s Meant to Be Fun

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It turns out that some of us were never told: work is meant to be fun. It is meant to have meaning, growth, good people, and rewards. If we find that our work is not fun, there are several things we can do. We can set a new goal, find more people we enjoy working […]

How Meaningful Is Your Career Right Now? 

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Meaningful careers are those where we are doing: Something that we are good at, Something that motivates us, Something that satisfies our needs, wants, and desires (e.g.ideal work environment, income, lifestyle), and Something that solves the problems that others have and that we find compelling. When our work satisfies all four of these criteria–when our work […]

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Mastery

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Like a great wine, our talents are wonderful to start and keep getting better. When we are younger, our talents are present, useful, and unpolished. Our success comes from applying that talent, learning from wins and losses, and not stopping. The challenge of youth is to learn what our constellation of talents actually are. Over […]

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Exhilarating

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We all have the means, right, and deep desire to live an exhilarating career and life. We’ve just got used to thinking that the opposite is truer. We’ve come to think the opposite is safer. Nope.   In your corner, Mike   Today’s photo credit: scyrene cc

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How You Fit

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I don’t know what is the ideal life- and work path for you. But I do know it will use and refine your talents. It will engage you in things you care about. It will leave behind struggle, frustration, fighting, compromise, and sacrifice. And, by providing something of value to some other people, it will […]