I’m going to be completely honest: sometimes I doubt my love for writing. I don’t know if I write because I’ve become better at it and it’s all I know or if I genuinely love it. These thoughts are the cause of a lot of quarter-life crises.
Maybe you’ve felt the same. Perhaps you got a degree in accounting or just got a job as a music teacher because you thought you loved it, but you keep asking yourself, “Do I really?” Maybe you just think you like it.
The problem is, you don’t always like your job. Sometimes you wish you could stay in bed instead. Other days you dread it. It’s true that most days you really enjoy it, being able to express yourself in the way you do, but is it enough? …
The more you think of your career as the massive, complex, ever-changing pool of options it actually is, the harder you’ll find it to commit to a job you like — and the less happy said commitment will make you once you’ve made it.
You’ll constantly worry about which gig to choose next, and you’ll constantly feel anxious about whatever gig you’ve chosen. In other words: You’ll be right, but you’ll be miserable.
On Wait But Why, Tim Urban shares a great analogy about how our career landscape has changed in the past century: dots vs. tunnels.
He says traditional careers weren’t 40-year tunnels, but at the very least, they felt like it. “You picked your tunnel, and once you were in, that was that. You worked in that profession for 40 years or so before the tunnel spit you out on the other side into your retirement.” …
Don’t work longer, work less. You’ll accomplish way more and make way more money.
You’ll never get ahead if you keep following conventional wisdom. A hundred years ago, the way to get ahead was to work longer hours, typically in a factory. Hopefully, your boss would notice and promote you to manager. The best workers were the ones that worked the longest.
But the world’s value system has changed dramatically since then. Now, working longer means nothing if you can’t produce great results.
It’s different now. The best skills in the 21st century aren’t about working hard or being a good employee, they’re about being indispensable. And the best ways to become indispensable? …
For many people, work can be like a second home. You spend the majority of your waking hours dedicated to your work. Your co-workers and team may likely be the people you interact with most in your life, after family or a spouse.
Yet it’s impossible to be effective and feel fulfilled in a toxic workplace environment. Even if you work from home, a negative work environment can transcend physical walls. The intangible qualities that make work a healthy or unhealthy place can impact everything from your personal life and health to your self-esteem.
The increased stress of working in a dysfunctional office can lead directly to job burnout, particularly for Sensitive Strivers. …
I am currently typing these words in my new home office. “Office” is a bit of a stretch. There’s a desk positioned, as always, in front of a window and there are boxes, too many boxes, littering the floor.
My wife and I just bought a house. The process required us to move out of our apartment and move in with her parents for a month. The combination of moving, living in a basement, and shelling out thousands of dollars for the biggest purchase of our lives has understandably shaken things up a bit.
Before moving, I exercised regularly, tracked my nutrition, wrote every day, practiced Italian, and overall had a nice flow to my day. …
Being young and ambitious is confusing.
You want to make an impact immediately but are told to be patient. You are eager to learn but clueless on how to start. Worst of all, you have no idea where you’ll end up.
When I graduated from college in 2017, I had less than $100 in my bank account, was working a part-time internship for something like $15/hour, and felt like my life was stagnating.
I moved back into my childhood home while my close friends ventured to dream cities like Denver and San Diego. I was an intern hiding my job from LinkedIn while my former classmates posted essays about their illustrious new career in tech or finance. …
I love success porn.
Learning what got successful people where they are is an endless well of entertainment for me. I can listen to it even if I’ve heard it all before. My brain wants to saturate itself in tales of glory and hustle.
Of course, this infatuation has a host of downsides. …
Why is it so hard to save money?
This is a question I’ve asked myself, and it’s something a lot of people struggle with.
The next question you should ask yourself is, “Do I have a plan for my savings?”
Saving money is a challenge for several reasons. It requires discipline and commitment, as well as a little planning.
For a long time, I felt that I was missing all of these things. …
I cried at work on Monday.
While I was on call with senior leadership, something snapped inside of me, and with infinite gratitude for the Zoom mute button, I muted myself to sob onto my keypad. …
Entering the world of freelancing requires a leap of faith. It relies on you entering the unknown and leaving any job security you might have in search of something more.
Whether you’re a freelance writer, videographer, graphic designer, or something else. One day to the next, you never know what you’re going to get. Tomorrow could be the day you land that million-dollar client, or could lead to absolutely nothing.
Being a freelancer is a high risk, high reward scenario. It requires you to gamble your financial security in pursuit of a different lifestyle. …