Passion. The thing that’s supposed to make your life amazing if you follow it. “Finding your passion” gets 6,600 monthly searches on Google. In the search for a fulfilling career, turning to the Internet for advice on following your passion may seem like an easy solution. But the influencers on LinkedIn told me to be a leader, not a follower.
Change is inevitable. More often than not, it happens so gradually that we don’t notice it all. Other times, it has a nasty habit of showing up without permission or notice. It rains on us before we even realize there’s going to be a storm. The only say we get in the matter is in the choices we make in the face of these changes. It is in those choices that we shape ourselves.
For the past four to five years I have been obsessing over the idea of having my own core values; values that I distinctly choose for myself, separate from any group that I belong to. These values would be core values because they would act as guiding principles to dictate my behavior and actions in any circumstance. (more…)
You certainly can’t always look at things from someone else’s point of view. For instance, from here that looks like a bucket of water. But from an ant’s point of view it’s a vast ocean, from an elephant’s just a cool drink, and to a fish, of course, it’s home. So, you see, the way you see things depends a great deal on where you look at them from.
—The Phantom Tollbooth
From the outside, it seemed crazy. Why would I sell a successful small business that allowed me to be my own boss, working with people I adored, while providing a real service to the community and enroll in Startup Institute? Why would I make such a crazy career change after becoming a working mother to boot? (more…)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis recently came out with a new album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. While they may seem new, they’ve actually been doing their hip hop duo thing since 2008. They’ve accomplished some amazing things since then: like being the first independent artists to hit #1 in the Billboard Top 100 since 1994. And did you know that they have their own record label, Macklemore, LLC?
That’s pretty cool, but what does this have to do with my career in technology? (more…)
Do you ever question your own ability to step up and become a leader?
Recently I had a conversation with a friend who wants to move vertically within her company, and be the one who’s leading projects—not just being assigned one-off tasks. The problem is, she’s a wait-too-long-to-strike kind of person, and takes too much caution for fear of failure. (more…)
Not looking forward to another day at work? Maybe your company is utterly immune to new ideas, or maybe your job is as painfully boring as a line at the post office. Either way, you’re not alone in wondering if you should leave your job. According to a 2015 study, 71% of workers in the US feel bored and disengaged at work. (more…)
The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful. [This realization] changed everything for me.
—Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic (more…)
Have you ever worked with someone who seems a little too aggressive? Someone who is always jumping to take command of the team? What about the person that always needs to be the rockstar in the limelight? (more…)