Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


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Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How to not self-destruct

A famous person emailed me to ask about personality type. I don’t get a lot of emails from famous people. But I do get some. Like, when Melissa was being an executive assistant to billionaires, I was Melissa’s reference. I could write fifty posts about giving those references, actually, because I was like, “Don’t hire Melissa, because she’ll...

Finding a mate isn’t luck. It’s about setting a goal and reaching it.

Photographer Dita Pepe has a series of photographs where she shows what she’d turn into with the different types of men she could could have married. The series is often hilarious for it’s ability to make fun of such a wide range of families that think they’re unique but are actually just living out their...

Your job will be good if you have a friend at work

As a bulimic in college, the cafeteria was my focal point. At first, it was where I gained fifteen pounds. Not that anyone saw those pounds on me. In college I had the body of a model. Not that anyone saw that, either, because I wore an A-line skirt down to my ankles and an...

How to balance your business and your family

Some days I am gung ho about entrepreneurship and I’m spending the day with my kids while money comes in from my blog and my coaching and I think “I’m great, I’m living the 4-hour workweek,” and for one minute I forget that I hate Tim Ferriss. I hate him for making people think that it is...

Career trajectory of the fast-rising star

My husband, a fourth-generation farmer, tells me that when the tractor was invented, farmers who spent their lives learning to be great with horses had to rely on young farmers who understood machinery. It was an era when young people looked like experts in farming almost overnight. Or at least they felt that way. Really, though, they...

4-Day course: How to start an online business

The course will be 8pm EST  Mon. Feb. 23 through Thurs. Feb. 26. It’s $195 but if you sign up in the next seven days, the cost is $147. The course includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If  you miss the live sessions you can view them on demand.   Sign up now. This course is...

A fresh view of feminism for 2015

I am a child of the feminist revolution. My mom tells me this story. She hated being home with kids. She always dreamed she’d be a journalist. She she got a full scholarship to go to college. But when she was graduating, she realized that if she didn’t get married she’d have to go home to her...

Self-sufficiency is overrated

I spend a lot of time complaining to my husband that he never leaves the farm. When I was dating him I thought it was charming that he talked about how “city traffic is exhausting” when he was driving in Madison, WI. When I moved to the farm I grew increasingly annoyed that that I had to do...

Penelope’s best posts of 2014

Here they are: The five posts from 2014 that had the most readers. What does it really mean to work full time? Leaving your options sets you back Men with families feel more trapped than ever. Here’s how to fix that. 3 Cheers for women who say they don’t want to work. At least they’re honest. 5 Traits of high earners...

2014 was the end of the workplace revolution

When I started writing about careers we were at the beginning of a huge revolution. It makes sense, then, that I spent so much time trying to not write about careers. If you start at the beginning of a revolution you look like a crazy person. The revolution hasn’t started yet, which means that everyone is...

A celebration of failed New Year’s resolutions

The pressure is mounting for the New Year’s resolutions posts. First is the flurry of pitches from public relations firms that want to get their clients into the press. “Resolve to clean your house more thoroughly!” Then come the academics weighing in with their research about how resolutions take willpower and how we only have a...

Q&A With Penelope. About work. Or something approximating that.

On a good day I would tell you that I have my own startup and a successful blog and I work from home. On a bad day I would tell you that I homeschool and every minute I’m not refereeing brotherly fights, I am cleaning up from one meal or cooking the next. On a bad...

5 Cover letter mistakes that make you look crazy

Melissa and I are in a hotel room in New York City to meet with a guy who has a lot of money and wants to do a makeup line. And of course Melissa and I said we could definitely launch a makeup line. I mean, we shop at Sephora, so we can launch something like...

5 Steps to take to make 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...

You have to fail to move forward

Kate and I are getting acclimated to each other. I am used to how when I was coaching Kate she thought everything I said was genius. But now that she lives with me she would like me to not be so bossy. Kate discovers that the best time to talk with me is late at night when the boys are asleep and I’m too...

4-Day webinar with Penelope: Make money selling your ideas

The course will be Mon. Dec. 15 through Thurs. Dec. 18 at 8pm EST. It’s $195. But if you sign up before Dec. 21, you get a $50 discount. The course includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If  you miss the live sessions you can view them on demand.  Sign up now. You can judge if...

7 ways to have a good marriage

Staying married is important for your career. If you’re the breadwinner, and you have kids but get divorced, you will need to earn enough money for two households instead of one. Bye-bye career change. If you are not the breadwinner, you’ll start being the breadwinner, and all the career flexibility your marriage provided will be gone....

How to get a career that provides stability

I spent a lot of the last decade writing about what each generation wants from a job. I wrote for Time magazine that Generation Y wants engagement. I wrote that Generation X wants flexibility. I wrote that Baby Boomers want power. But the common truth is that we all want stability. Each generation just has their own idea...

What type of woman should freeze her eggs?

Apple and Facebook announced that the companies will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. It’s a great company policy. For one thing, it’s acknowledgment that the gap between women and men in the workplace is that women’s careers are controlled by their biological clock and men’s are not. Another thing this new policy does...

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...

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