Goals should help you BECOME, not help you GET.
One the most important lessons I have learned is:
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
One famous study showed that people with written goals coming out of college earned several times more than […]
You can read while driving a car.
I love talk radio, but it doesn’t lift my spirits. It gets me perturbed. Music on the radio doesn’t engage my mind as I drive. I listen to books instead. I love books that teach me and help me get a better attitude every minute.
The best […]
In job hunting, you need to make some choices if there are dead fish in your briefcase. You can make two mistakes. The first is to put […]
Doctor No can heal a case of pebbles. It can fix a project or job search before it breaks. How? You make the people giving you a pebble, one more little thing to do, fix the problem they create. They become Dr. No.
Is your to-do list impossibly tall?
The team leader I disliked […]
The mythical man month is another impossible beast.
I hate firefighters–people who commit a project to disaster. “Leaders” sometimes think that if one woman can have a baby in 9 months, then surely 9 women can have a baby in one month. Those leaders/firefighters create career death marches for their subordinates and coworkers. Too […]
One guy is out of work for less than a month, and he gets a job offer with a raise. It takes 6 months to get a job for the guy who sat next to him. This poor guy was doing exactly the same job, got better performance ratings, and would get rehired first if the job was re-opened. […]
Is there something you do that is critical? How many are there? Do you get credit for them? A raise? When the kids were all home, I wrote this.
I make the milk
With up to 9 kids (we have 10) and 2 adults at home, we drink a lot of milk. There isn’t enough […]
You don’t double your productivity by doubling your hours. Working lots and lots of hours may get you a promotion and a raise. It may also get you burned out and fired.
A coupla months in the laboratory can save a coupla hours in the library. (Westheimer’s Discovery)
What you really need to do is […]
Your time is very limited. You only get 24 hours a day. You can’t buy more time. Do you really know how you use it? Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. (Sawyer) […]
Useful work or administrivia?
One of my managers told me, “Bryan, you don’t work hard enough. I put in 60 or 70 hours a week. Even if I’m just in here filing stuff, I’m getting more done than you.” I couldn’t answer him. I was too amazed. He took my silence for the deep pondering […]