Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


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Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How to love the job you have right now: Focus on one good thing

I am coaching Kate. She is 19 and she wants help with her resume. I do not have her resume in front of me, but it’s okay. I remember it. And anyway, her resume is not her problem. Which is true with most people who ask for help with their resume. Also, I’m late for the call. Remembering coaching...

What success looks like at 20, and 30

Women in their 20s have an advantage over men in their 20s because all men want to sleep with women in their 20s. And women have power over men who want to sleep with them. I remember having this power. The first time I wrote about it my editor had to call the magazine’s lawyer. Now...

5 Steps to making time for everything

The people who look like they have everything they want are actually the people who are most clear on what they are willing to give up. Do you ever feel sad that you have never visited the moon? Probably not. Because you just accept that you will not be doing that in your lifetime. We inadvertently start...

5 Steps to successful reinvention. And a Melissa update.

The best way to get someone to call you from your LinkedIn profile is to put Confidential in the employer field. You might be wondering: Who does this? Answer: Melissa. For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Melissa, I will now summarize a hundred blog posts about her like this: Melissa, Queen of Reinvention, finds jobs...

Could 9/11 ever become a time of celebration?

I was there, at the base of the first tower when it fell. That night I wrote a piece for Time magazine to make sense of what happened. And each year on 9/11 I write again. This year I was thinking that I’ve been back to New York City so often with my kids that maybe my 9/11...

Personality type master class: Four-day webinar with Penelope

This webinar will show you how to leverage your strengths by understanding personality type. The course is 8pm EST from Mon. Oct. 13 – Thurs. Oct. 16. It includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If you purchase this course in the next week, the cost is $145. After that the price goes up to $195. Buy it...

You can’t get respect until you know what you want to be respected for.

I was talking to this woman who’s in her late 20s about how you have to know what you want to be respected for in order to feel respected. People can’t respect you if you don’t respect you. I can’t tell you her name. Let’s call her Imogene because it’s one of the most popular names of...

We need to talk more about Melinda Gates

I took my son to a Lady Gaga concert. I could tell you that. And I could tell you I take at least one kid on every business trip I have, and they are sick of it, so I tried to make Seattle fun by adding Lady Gaga. My son loved the spectacle. Even from nose-bleed seats. He loved dancing...

Are you a cross-trainer or a dilettante?

I told Melissa that black and white photos look stupid on my blog. Did you know Melissa edits my photos? It started out that she lived with me, and she took all the photos. Her photos are gorgeous. When she moved out of my house I knew I couldn’t take pictures as well as she did,...

An alternative path to self-acceptance

This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting...

Leaving your options open sets you back

When I was trying to get on the national volleyball tour, that was the only thing I was focused on. So eventually, I played professional beach volleyball. When I was trying to get my memoir published, I was focused on that more than anything else, and eventually, University of Colorado Press came through. And when...

How to choose between two jobs

About a month ago I got a stack of catalogues from Restoration Hardware in the mail. My first thought was that I had purchased so much at Restoration Hardware in the past year that I am now one of their top customers. I thought about my friend Maria, who teaches people how to choose a color for...

#1 Rule for giving advice to women

Black people should not wear hoodies. That’s one way to deal with the problem of people shooting black people. Maybe not the best. Who even knows. I have a friend who is white, married to a black guy and they have two sons, who, as you can guess, count as black in this country. Even she...

Test yourself: Are you preachy, arrogant, and annoying?

The secret to the success of this blog is that instead of showing you how perfect my life is, I show myself drinking in the morning, before work. My husband is always worrying that I make us look bad, so he makes up rules like how I can’t write about our sex life, and then I violate the...

Report from my own happiness lab

After about a decade of doing research on happiness, I realize that my favorite research comes from university labs that use self-reported data. Most of our happiness lab research is based on self-reported data about who feels happy. Which means, maybe, that I am my own lab. I can self-report just as well as anyone else. So here is my...

How I learned to live without a refrigerator

I lived in New York City for ten years. I had a 500 square foot rent-stablized apartment in Park Slope. Every week I lived there someone asked me to tell them if I’m planning to move. To squeeze into 500 square feet with my husband, we put our winter clothes in storage. Then our books. When our son was born,...

How to cope when you’re in a dying industry

This is a guest post by Cassie Boorn. She works with me at Quistic, and she blogs at cassieboorn.com.  Adrienne and I are unpacking the car late at night after a long day away when a guy approaches the car. Completely distracted with making sure we got everything out, we didn’t notice him until after we noticed his gun. We think it...

Take risks to be your true self at work

I intuitively knew to hide my kids when I started having them, because I had already had a rip-roaring career where I steered clear of women who doted on their kids. (It’s always women, even today.) The kids were annoying to me. I couldn’t understand why the women would lose focus on their jobs to...

How to shine in a meeting

First of all you’d be surprised how many meetings I attend given that I live on a farm and I hate to leave. And, to be honest, every time I’ve written advice about how to handle yourself in a meeting, I’ve actually written about how not to handle yourself. Like, how to gross out investors. How...

What does it really mean to work full-time?

I am at O’Hare flying to Pittsburgh to give a speech. I try to never give speeches. Actually I try to never leave my house. Because I think I will regret any time I spend away from my kids. Well, definitely I will. Here’s how I know: Because I chose to live in abject poverty in NYC...

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