Years ago, when I started working as a personal trainer, I told a few coworkers I wanted to be a fitness writer for magazines—and they are scoffed at me.
Three years later, with no previous writing experience, I was regularly writing for places like Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Journal, and more. I even used the same methods to go from no marketing experience to becoming a copywriter for top-selling international brands.
In this article, I’ll share the exact strategies that helped me grow faster than others in several different industries even though I had absolutely no experience. …
From a very young age, we get bombarded with questions from friends, family, and teachers about what job we want to have later in life.
On top of that, every type of education is designed to help you get a job and prepare you for professional life. Everything is focused on work.
However, hardly anything or anyone is helping you define what type of life you want to live.
In my upbringing, no one asked me about how I would like my life to look like in the future — what experiences I want to have, how much freedom I want, how much time I’d like to have for friends and family, or how many adventures I’d like to undertake. …
I’ve had the privilege of being employed at quite a number of companies throughout my career — all of varying employee sizes. Though there have been both good experiences as well as bad ones, I can say for sure that each experience has been extremely meaningful, and I’ve learned quite a lot from every company I’ve worked at.
I’m refraining from blatantly sharing a list of those companies. Instead, I will share some of the key differences I’ve learned in terms of the pros and cons of working at a small company, a mid-size company and a large corporation.
Do you ever look around and feel behind in, well, practically every aspect of your life?
Where’s my graduate degree? Engagement ring? High-profile job? Baby bump? Shouldn’t I be further along by now? Why does it look like everyone is moving forward in life, while I’m just out here treading water?
Welcome to the Millennial quarter-life crisis. There are so many of us that we should get jackets.
I was in that exact same existential spiral when I stumbled upon the book The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter- And How to Make the Most of them Now by clinical psychologist, Meg Jay. …
Have you heard of the jealous tree? He said, “I will never be as big as that tree” and never grew to its full size. We in our 20s are much like that tree. We have dreams, goals and some resources to get there. But looking at other successful people can make you doubt yourself. This doubt can make you go in circles and never get anywhere.
Unlike the metaphor, trees don’t compete with each other. If they did, nature would be ugly. But we humans do compete. Our prefrontal cortex gives us the ability to measure our skills. …
Many freelancers think their line of work requires them to be available all the time, working every minute and having no time to disconnect.
The truth is that no matter where you’re coming from and what you do as a freelancer, burnout is real. If you don’t stop, the feeling of not having any energy, losing interest and all your motivation to perform the work will hit you in the face like a truck.
Lucky for you, by implementing the following 6 steps, there is a way out.
Boundaries are essential. Whether you’re working from an office or your couch, having strong boundaries between your work and your personal life can help keep burnout from affecting you. …
Life is about finding your niche, finding your unique way to share yourself — your voice — with the world. Through love. Through enthusiasm and passion. And with purpose.
As you begin to accomplish your goals in 2021, you should have laser-focus on getting clear on what your “thing” is and then spending time and energy on this each day to make it something that brings you happiness, success and fulfillment.
There you go, that’s maybe an overly sentimental Hallmark card to a cynic, but it’s the honest truth from my heart to your smartphone or laptop screen. …
When I was growing up, I had all sorts of dreams about how my life would turn out. Maybe I’d be a footballer, a lawyer, or an astronaut. At the age of five, anything seemed possible!
As the years progressed, and I became older and (hopefully) wiser, the dreams ceased. I had little idea of what I wanted to do. I wasn’t good enough to be a footballer, practising law didn’t seem too exciting, while the thought of sitting on top of thousands of gallons of rocket fuel before being launched into space didn’t fill me with ease!
I did what most of us end up doing. I hoped I’d find a nice stable job once I left school and graduated from university. If I couldn’t fulfil my dreams, at least I could assure myself I’d have a comfortable job to fall back on. …
I remember reading a book called Do Cool Sh*t seven years ago at my local bookstore. Without this book I’d probably still be making salads at Panera Bread like I was three months after college graduation.
The author’s story captivated me. It was about a woman who started her own gluten free pizza restaurant in New York City with no restaurant experience.
She somehow made everything fun.
One time she snuck into a newspaper company right past heavy security to hand deliver a package of pizzas to the staff to win some free publicity. She just acted like she was on her phone. It was hilarious. She also played professional soccer and told funny stories about how she ditched her tour party in Paris to go play soccer in the park with strangers. …
Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.
We’ve had another great week here at the publication, and had a really great bunch of stories to read through since the turn of the year. We’re excited to see where we can take the pub in 2021, and we have some really amazing things planned (one of which is being put together as we speak.)
Can’t wait to share more!
But for now, here’s our weekly Post-Grad Picks.
First up, Jon Hawkins asks a really important question. What does success look like when you’re new to the game of freelancing? …