Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


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Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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...

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...

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