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Get a Job in 5 Steps

Seems like the economy, or more specifically the job market, is top-of-mind these days. Many people are looking for work. I overhear statistics like, “For every job opening there are over 100 applicants.” That can be disillusioning certainly, but there’s a secret in that statistic that should be encouraging, if you know how to exploit it. I know several smart folks who are actively looking for work. I fully expect they’ll have good jobs lined up in a couple of weeks. I also know several other folks who are wanting a job, but they’re going about securing one in all the wrong ways, and consequently will soon be blaming “the economy,” or the “poor job market,” or “the government” for their failure to get a job.

As it turns out, I believe there’s a way to get a job in 5 fairly straight-forward steps, but it means turning the flawed approach to job seeking upside down. Continue reading Get a Job in 5 Steps

7 Principles for How to Become Good at Almost Anything

I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while: What’s a good pattern for becoming good at something? There’s a lot of literature out there on this; most of it’s garbage (in my not-so humble opinion). I’ve read a lot of it, tried many of the ideas for myself, and I think I’ve come upon a pattern that yields reliable, repeatable successes.

That said, I should start with the caveats and disclaimers: This pattern works for me. Your results may vary, but I think there’s something to this pattern, which is why I’m sharing. This pattern will help you become good at almost anything. Continue reading 7 Principles for How to Become Good at Almost Anything

I’m Getting Old. Meh.

This morning, before I had even begun to drink coffee, I wobbled downstairs to find my wife sitting at her desktop doing some research. Next to her were a few reprints of our wedding photos she had recently made in preparation for Christmas. I glanced down and almost cringed at the half-as-old me grinning back. I was thin, too thin, like a stick. Glasses. Geek.

Many years have passed since then; nearly half my life to date. I’m still a geek, but I’m a lot older, greyer. No more glasses. Some would say I’m more distinguished. They would be wrong. My hair is thinning; my waist line isn’t. My muscles have opinions about the sort of mattress I sleep on and express these opinions well. My joints are holding out, at least so far, but I have noticed a curious inability to think as clearly and with as much focus as I did 20 years ago. I’m certainly much more wise now versus then; smarter too if you measure in terms of raw knowledge and data. I can learn things faster, being that I can leverage a history of previous similar learning experiences. But I feel (unscientifically) that I’m slowly slipping as an intellectual. Continue reading I’m Getting Old. Meh.