Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


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Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:334
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Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The big secret to a more simple life

I’ve been an amazingly consistent blogger lately. My secret is that I’ve been calling Carmen a lot and dictating my posts to her. In the middle of my blogging flurry, I read this book to my son, Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen. Its about this kid who can see businesses everywhere in all kinds of talents...

9/11 Shifted my values, which is why I’m on my phone all day long

People are still finding debris from the World Trade Center attacks. Tucked into crevices, between building where you don’t expect it. This is what I feel like is happening in my body as well when someone brings up a topic that makes me think of my day at the World Trade Center all over again. Recently,...

The hardest time management decision of my day

The reason I have time to write this blog post is that I had sex with my husband last night. Choosing writing over sex is a calculated risk for me, because it’s really me saying that I don’t want to pay attention to him that night. I did that a lot in my first marriage,...

Hate your job? Here’s how to fix it.

When we’re in a terrible job we think we’re the only person who is in a terrible job, and everyone else loves their job, and everyone’s life is great, and our life is terrible. But, in fact, every single person, no matter where they are in their life now, has had a job that they hated. The...

Social media rules for Jews on High Holidays

As the High Holidays approach I start feeling anxiety about whether I’ll work during the holidays. Will I do two days or one? Will I write emails and send them? Or not hit send until Rosh Hashanah’s over, or just not write emails at all? It’s part of being Jewish to have a workaround for everything....

5 Things you have to unlearn to succeed at work

A big theme in my life has been how much I had to unlearn to come to the decision to homeschool my kids. I had to unlearn all my assumptions about parenting (it turns out that kids don’t need teachers, they need love). I unlearned my assumptions about self?management (well-roundedness is a false goal). And I had to...

Assess yourself: Should you launch a startup?

I fired Melissa. We were bickering all the time. And she was saying I’m impossible to work for and I was saying she’s impossible to manage. The problem is I’m a mad raving lunatic about making sure that people who work for me like working for me. When Ian, the guy who I was going to do...

How to measure your own progress

I have big goals for myself, but I try to measure my progress day by day instead of looking at the big picture. The big picture is overwhelming. For example, for the last three years, I’ve known I wanted to launch another company, but I didn’t have an idea. Or I had an idea that...

What I’m reading. Really.

I get asked so often to publish a list of what I’m reading. People tell me to make a discussion board. Make a Facebook group. Have an online book club. I don’t do that because I worry I’d feel pressure to be a reader of substance. And I’m not. Here’s what I’m reading. 1. Tabloids My reading list...

How to tell a tidy story of an untidy life

We flew first class to Seattle so we could get the cello on board without a fight for overhead space. So imagine the come down when my son walked into the dorm room at cello camp. “Oh,” he said. “A dorm room is like a one-star hotel.” I thought to myself: Who am I? Am I...

How to make a good first impression

My brother was getting his Ph.D in chemistry last week, and my mom and dad and my two brothers and I went to the dissertation defense. I would like to tell you what my brother talked about but I have no idea. Seriously. The topic was alcohol dehydrogenase. I remember from the chemistry class I failed...

Your spouse is always a partner in your business. Here’s how to make it work better.

I stay up way too late at night running numbers for my new company. It’s incredible—me doing spreadsheets of financial projections—because I have dyscalculia, which means I was in special ed math and cannot do simple arithmetic, even now. But if you ask me how many people will take three or more seminars over the...

5 Things I was wrong about

These will be small, okay? Because on the big stuff, like divorce is for losers, I am right. But here is some stuff I was wrong on: 1. Get plastic surgery. I said that people should get it becuase good looking people earn more money. But in fact, plastic surgery doesn’t change what people think of...

Seminar: Reach your goals by blogging

This seminar will show you how to use a blog to meet your goals. We’ll have five days of live video sessions with chat from July 29 – August 2 at 9 pm-10 pm est each evening. The cost is $150 now but it will go up to $195 in five days. Sign up now. The...

Bad decisions I am making

Everyone can do better at meeting goals by listing what we think we’re doing wrong. It’s because the pessimists of the world are more realistic. They accomplish more in life. Not that optimists want to accomplish more. They don’t. They are just happy where they are. But whatever. There is no place for someone like...

Take more risks to make life more fulfilling

I’m driving to the Madison airport to pick up Ian, my new partner in my new secret startup. I’m wearing the sunglasses that Melissa’s boyfriend said make her look too rich and too Type-A. The glasses are perfect for today. I am also wearing a new, green shirt that I got at JC Penney. Did you...

Five things you can stop worrying about when you worry about getting a job

More and more employers don’t care about your education. It makes sense: the first place social change happens is usually at the workplace because social change is almost always financially prudent. Think about it: hiring women during WWII meant factories could keep operating, so women got equality at work faster than other places. Giving gay...

For God’s sake, do the first thing on your to do list first

Melissa says to me, “The reason you’re not writing is because you’re hiding. And if you hide something from blog readers you can’t cope. So you don’t write.” I tell Melissa, “If you’re going to move to New York then David should put some of his huge salary in your bank account.” Melissa says, “Don’t change the subject...

5 Mistakes new grads should make

The advice I’ve given to new grads in the past is to marry rich so you have more options. And don’t go to grad school to get out of difficult choices. Consider moving home with your parents to save money and don’t do what you love. This is all really good advice.  You should go read...

3 Rules high achievers never break

In case you were wondering what happened to the 20,000 bulbs I planted, here they are. But don’t worry that this is going to be a post full of happy Spring cheer. That sort of post would embarrass me. First of all, these bulbs didn’t come up until after spring. Partly because it was 50 degrees...

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