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URL :http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/
Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:616
Posts / Week:1.8
Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Fast track your career with Myers Briggs: Four-day seminar with Penelope Trunk

I’m doing this seminar to show you how to leverage your strengths with Myers Briggs. It will be four days of live video sessions with chat from: Feb. 3-6 at 9pm-10pm est. The cost is $150 if you sign up before the end of the week. Then it goes up to $195. Sign up now.  I...

Don’t be a dreamer, be a planner

Let go of your dreams. They are stupid. I’m going to show you why. But first, let me say that I’m a big fan of deciding what you want for your life. It’s just that I’m a practical person. If you say you want stuff you can’t have [insert here, for example, a list of...

8 New ways to think about financial security

Generation X is the first generation in American history that earned less than their parents. Generation Y is the most in-debt generation in American history (and the early American colonies were built on indentured servitude, so that’s saying a lot.) We are in an era of financial ruin. Generation Z will face this with a...

How to pick a husband if you want to have kids

  Painting by Roy Lichtenstein You cannot pick a husband to have kids with until you know if you want to work full-time when you are raising your kids.  Some women will say they know for sure that they do want to work full-time. Most women will say that they don’t know for sure. But there are actually...

How to get the guts to go freelance

It’s another post about Melissa. But before I get any more emails asking if Melissa is single, let me just say that the single life of Melissa lasted exactly three days. I could see it coming, really. She said, as she was trying to figure out if she should break off her engagement, “I always think...

See yourself more clearly by asking better questions

I’m great at remaking myself. I’ve been a pro-volleyball player, a serial entrepreneur, a stay-at-home mom. I’ve modeled nude and I’ve stood as a spokesperson for education reform. The hardest part about being able to remake myself so often is that I’m never sure who I am. The other day my son said, “Mom, what’s your name right...

How to see the barrier to reaching your goals

I am shocked to hear that 60% of people don’t know what’s holding them back from reaching their goals. So I decided that I will address the topic: The way  you figure out what you should be doing next is that you try stuff. You make bad choices, you try again. This is really standard advice for...

15 Things overachievers do

1. They use lists. High achievers organize their thinking with lists, they organize their time with lists, and when they want to spur their creativity, the best tool they have is to force themselves out of the comfort of their list. 2. They use pharmaceuticals. Adderrall is de rigeur for the high-powered jobs in high-powered cities...

Why the next generation will hate Gen Y

The last company I founded, Brazen Careerist, was full of Gen Y-ers. In fact, for a while, I was the only person in the company older than 25. I spent a lot of time learning to adapt. Fast. And the whole time I thought to myself: I can’t wait until these kids need to adapt...

How to be a creative success

Branding has finally reached the snobs who think they are above it. Every Gen Y-er knows about personal branding, and every Silicon Valley social media maven has one eye on their Klout score. But this year the New York Times declared that branding is a must-do for psychologists. You can’t make money if you don’t have a...

The truth about good listening skills

Powerful people do not have good listening skills. They hate to listen. They succeed by getting good at faking it. Here’s how I know. There are sixteen Myers Briggs personality types. Only 4% are ENTJs, but almost all Fortune 500 CEOs are ENTJs. Each type has an Achilles’ heel. The ESFP can’t stand being alone. The...

3 Rules for workplace friendships

I was a latchkey kid with unlimited charge accounts at all the local stores before there were charge cards. As a kid I worried I was annoying, because people always rolled their eyes when I said “charge it please”. Now I understand that I was the only person in the city with a charge account...

Secrets of successful yoga studios, and other ways to think of ideas that suck

The title of this post should really be five steps to have a career that makes the world a better place. But the first thing about making the world a better place is that if you really want to do that, you’ll have to make some compromises. Like, I have to write blog post titles that will...

Interview tip: How to talk about your weakness

When someone asks you, in an interview, “What is your weakness?” do not give a bullshit answer. Saying something like, “I pay too much attention to detail” is actually a terrible answer for someone who is getting hired to do detail work. It means you have a deficit in the exact area you’re tying to...

How to write about your life: Week-long seminar with Penelope Trunk. Plus special guest-appearance by The Farmer.

I’ve been writing about myself for as long as I can remember. I’ve lectured on writing at places like Boston University, Brown University, and the University of Paris. My first book was a memoir that Publisher’s Weekly said was “quick, punchy prose that keeps the reader riveted.” (A really big rule about selling something is that...

Productivity is about giving something up

I hate myself for not doing yoga every day. That’s how you know you’re serious about yoga: you use it to generate self-hatred. I am the type of person who can use a wide range of things to this end: telling my son the wrong name for the D major scale on the piano, for example....

There are three career paths and one will fit you

Wisconsin kids will trick-or-treat on Wednesday undaunted by storms, and on Thursday my kids will be in a candy coma. No nagging emails, no whining kids, just me and Miranda July. I am reading her book because she had the best website ad for her book. It’s like a little film and when you see...

5 steps to developing your resilience

“Your post just destroyed Melissa’s life.” This is the email I got from Melissa’s fiance, Steven, who is now her ex-fiance. He did not like the post I wrote. Before you tell me that I’m a terrible person for writing the post I want you to know that Melissa’s therapist read the post that same day and told...

Success requires balancing being right with being nice

See that picture of my son?  I tell him all the time he is not being nice. “Be nice?” I tell him. “If you are not nice then people won’t like you.” So he surprised me by writing it on his hand. An example of him not being nice is that he doesn’t see that when...

Inside the mind of a workaholic

I am sleeping in the downstairs bedroom. Alone. Or sometimes with the dog. I hate writing this story because I want to be a person you admire, but I also hate not writing it. Because I want to be a person I admire. I want to be a person known for honesty. Which means I need...

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