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Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


URL :http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/
Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:625
Posts / Week:1.7
Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How to make it in New York City

I took the kids to New York City for a week, and while Melissa was trying to figure out what to do with the kids for the day I was working, she came up with this idea that my seven-year-old son should do an internship with a stylist. He wants to be a stylist. He talks...

Yahoo kills telecommuting. Three cheers for Marissa Mayer!

Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to stand up and say that telecommuting is officially banned. Because telecommuting has been implicitly banned for a long time in Silicon Valley, but only Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has the courage to say it, point blank, without apology.  And her honesty is going to help all of...

Universal preschool is bad for everyone

Alphabet Horse In his last State of the Union speech President Obama proposed that we have universal pre-kindergarten in the US. It’s appalling to me that he wants to pour money into preschool programs that are so out of sync with what families need. Women have been very vocal about not wanting to work full-time while they...

How to know if you’re on a good path

I’m fascinated by the idea of judging whether you are on a good path. Because everyone wants to know if they are doing okay. The problem is that if you look at things out of context, you can’t really see what’s going on. See the picture up top? You can’t totally tell what they are doing...

How to pick a wife if you want to have kids

Nathan Sawaya   Recently I wrote a post about how to pick a husband if you want to have kids. A lot of people asked that I write the male corollary to that post. So, here it is. This post is about identity. How to see yourself. How to figure out if you can remake yourself. How to...

Here’s how to ask for help

I only fly business class because too many things go wrong when I don’t. When I’m at the airport, I miss my planes. A lot. My biggest problem is that I can’t actually read my boarding pass.So I’m going to tell you about how I get help.But asking for help is complicated. Garret Keizer, author of...

Thinking your problems are special ends up making you stuck

I wait until my kids and husband go to bed. I wait ten extra minutes just in case. Then I take my new book out of the bag: Family Violence: Legal, Medical and Social Perspectives. It’s a textbook organized by types of violence. The only light on in the house is the one next to the...

Secret to making productivity tips work for you

I spent the morning going through my file of links that people have sent to me over the week that looked good to read. I have read enough productivity advice to know that I should not leave links in my in box to read. David Allen says everything needs to be dealt with now or...

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...

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