Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


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Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
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Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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...

Seminar: How to make your 20s count

This seminar will show you how to make the most of your 20s so that you can set yourself up for an engaged, fulfilling life. We’ll have four days of live video sessions with chat from June 10-13 at 9pm-10pm est each evening. The cost is $195. If you sign up in the next five days,...

Put yourself in uncomfortable situations

One of the biggest changes in the workforce in the new millennium is that we have to be information synthesizers instead of information producers.  All information is available online.  So we can’t add value by memorizing it.  We have to add value by reframing it. I call this synthesizing. IBM conducted a survey of CEOs to...

How to know if you’re in a good job

One of the things I had to do as an adult was learn to see what makes a good job. Some people intuitively know how to find a job that feels good. Most of us spend the first half of our lives trying to learn what feels right and the second half of our lives...

Before you aim for someone’s job, look at the price they paid to get there

Whenever I write about grad school, someone writes in the comments about how I’m just bitter that I didn’t get a degree. But what I’m really bitter about is that no one wanted to have sex with me. Some famous poet was a visiting professor, hitting on every grad student but me. And Leslie Epstein was...

Why Jason Collins matters for your career

Jason Collins is a professional basketball player who just announced that he’s gay. It’s rare enough for a professional athlete to be openly gay that President Obama called him up to offer support, and former President Clinton tweeted his support, adding that he’s known Jason Collins since he was friends with Chelsea Clinton at Stanford. Collins...

The demo reel for my reality TV show, and how to turn a failure into a success

For those of you who don’t remember, a film crew came for three days to make a demo reel for a reality show based on my family. Here is the problem: we are too normal. I’m not kidding. That’s what the TV people ultimately concluded. But I take being too normal for reality TV as new-millennium...

Splice time in new ways to have more of it

I have been trying to think of time differently, so I don’t panic because I don’t have time to do that. I have a job that requires about 60 hours of work a week. And I homeschool my kids. So the only way to get by is to stop thinking of time in terms of...

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