Imagine you’re on a road trip through the middle of the United States. Your goal is to reach the coast, and beyond that, it’s a bit of a blank canvas. But that’s alright with you; the general plan and goal is in place.
Your route? West. That’s it.
The route you’re currently on heads in that general direction. Everything seems great. As you’re cruising along, you find yourself at a crossroads with some options. Kind of like Tom Hanks at the end of Cast Away.
What if you change direction? Your end goal is the same, after all, but you might take a less-defined route to get there. You might even decide along the way that your goal has changed. About 150 or so miles west of Wichita, Kansas, you might find that Dodge City is it. …
I want you to think about someone you’ve worked with during the past year. Coworker, client; it doesn’t matter. As long as you’ve had to rely upon them for something.
Do you have the person in mind?
Now think about the first thing you would say if someone asked about working with them. Would it be a gleaming review? Throwing shade?
I’m willing to bet that the first thought reflects how you’ve felt when working with them. More about the kind of person they are and less about the work you’ve done together.
This is not uncommon. We commonly list a series of traits about others based on how we see them in our minds. The order giving a glimpse at the strongest feelings. …
We are all aware of the drastic shift towards remote work this year. Whether you believe it was the pandemic or a coming trend, we’re deep into the change.
For some, the change to working from home is a gift. The ability to wake up, make coffee, walk the dog, and not rush off to an hour-long commute in traffic. And that’s not even touching on those who have little ones running around.
For anyone wanting to jump into a new industry, this might be the time.
Here are three reasons to consider when entertaining a new career path.
It’s no secret that the job market is quite volatile right now. Yet, the opportunities for remote work have increased by 2.8% since March 2020. …
For as long as human civilizations have existed, there has been the struggle of defining what drives us. What goals we aim to reach. And how priorities shift along the way.
Like many others, I left college as more of an idealist. I was beginning a career in a field I loved, and less concerned with much else. As the honeymoon wore off, I began setting my goals to align with promotions and salary changes.
But this was like attempting to fill a strainer with water.
I had been navigating my 20s with Jack Sparrow’s compass. I realized that I wasn’t revisiting my priorities. It became immediately clear that my 30s would become the wake-up call to reality. …
It’s not procrastination if I’m doing something important. That’s what I’ve often told myself. Rewriting the logline underneath the movie poster representing my day.
I am capable of justifying nearly anything; at least, to myself.
This is the power we all have over our own minds. We are capable of convincing ourselves of whatever serves us, or rather, our id. The part of our minds that responds directly to desires.
While there are many examples of this taking us down dark paths, that is not where this is going. …
The concept of productivity can be attractive and disparaging at the same time. The definition says it all.
“The quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.”
With that much potential in a single sentence, how can anything go wrong? You’re setting yourself up to create and become something better, after all. The law of diminishing returns begs to differ. There’s a point where returns begin to diminish, and by returns, I mean your productivity.
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
— William Bruce…
There’s something about the word fasting that always produces an immediate response. Personally, I immediately feel hangry when I hear the word. However, as many have come to realize, it is one of those actions that can lead to something beneficial.
But forget being hangry. And giving up the food you love. I’ve come to enjoy a completely different use for this seemingly-masochistic approach.
Media. Social media, news, whatever you want to call it. The daily content intake that feels like you’re drinking-from-a-fire-hose when needing a sip of water.
It’s nearly impossible to detach from the daily storm of data hovering overhead. We enjoy knowing what’s going on with our friends, the world, and culture that doesn’t bring horror-filled updates in 2020. …
Imagine that you’re sitting on the couch, flipping through the photo album on your phone. Thousands of photos, if you’re like many people. As you scroll a few months back, you’re greeted with a series of selfies from a road trip last year.
What appears to be the most valuable in those photos? Your sunglasses? Your car? The expensive AirBnB rental with a pool?
I doubt it’s any of those.
The most valuable thing pictured there isn’t even tangible. And I know that because you likely said the same thing we all do when seeing those kinds of photos. “Oh yeah! …
You’re walking down the street and something catches your eye as your waiting for the crossing light. It’s a $20 bill, folded once and sitting there staring up at you. Instantly, your afternoon just became a little bit better.
What are you going to spend your newly-acquired $20 on today? Maybe you’ll treat yourself to a movie. Possibly a few rounds with friends at a bar, on you? What about a month of access to an education site like CreativeLive?
I think we can all guess what most people would choose. …
In the time it took you to read this headline, there were somewhere around 300,000 search requests on Google. That’s billions per day. That’s right, billions with a capital B.
Chances are that you clocked a few of those yourself. I sure did when asking how many Google searches happened today; super-meta, I know.
This is all to say that the amount of information that is at our fingertips remains to be astounding. And it’s growing ever-larger by the second. Articles, social posts, tweets, and so many memes.
I have a distinct memory of working with a copywriter at an ad agency years ago. We were both deep into a project, a deadline bearing down on us. He had a distinct habit of asking questions out loud, without turning around. …