The harder I work on me, the better my life gets. But I can only improve a little each day. So I focus intensely on one or two things that I want to be better at. That makes my career much better with the least effort for the reward. It also improves your job search.
My email signature is, “The harder I work on me, the better my life gets.” There is only one person I can control. There is only one person I can manipulate into changing. Me.
Years ago I decided I can work on “me” an extra 30-45 minutes a day. I converted brain dead commuting time [...]
After years hearing about the lack of IT professionals, you’d think those are the hardest jobs to fill. But a new report by human resources firm Manpower indicates they are not.
Electricians, welders, and other skilled trades professions are the biggest headaches to hire for [...]
I went to a Boy Scout camp where a fire company put on a rescue demonstration. They had 3 cars. One by one they ripped them apart using hydraulic tools. Right then I decided that I want to be a fireman when I grow up. I was 49 and ineligible, but I’m willing to dream.
We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess. (Mark Twain)
It doesn’t matter how hard I practice, I will never be an Olympic class sprinter. My muscles aren’t built for it. If I had large, efficient [...]
Sometimes your job search just isn’t working. Fix your job search using what the old sailors called “ash breeze”.
You won’t go anywhere in your sailboat if you are becalmed, no wind. Sailors on the old 3 mast boats used to dread finding themselves where there was no wind. There are places in the ocean [...]
Needlessly unfilled jobs get me mad. They keep you out of a job. They lower profits at the companies that desperately need the right person.
This article calls the over qualification of a job opening “zombie thinking”. I like the solution Lou gives to solving the problem. Unfortunately it has to be solved by the [...]
I was at a gorgeous house. It had radiant heating, an indoor basketball court and swimming pool, wonderful view, and enough room for anyone’s desires. I loved it. The hosts were generous and kind. Then I decided to tally up the cost of owning a house like that. My estimate is $24,000 per month without [...]
The only thing worse than not reaching your goal, is reaching it.
The most common bad career goal
As a recruiter I talk to some people who are miserable that they reached their career goals. Of course I also talk to those who have reached their goals and are loving it, so they set [...]
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw)
I talked in depth with salespeople earning over $200,000 per year. I asked, “How did you get into the position where you won’t [...]