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 […]
Kids always made fun of the way I dressed. I had two shirts and two pairs of jeans for the whole school year. That’s all. I had cheap shoes. For dinner our family had beans every night, literally. We drank powdered milk. I brought peanut butter sandwiches to school every day with homemade quince jam. […]
An 18 inch cockroach is the best resume I’ve seen. A friend of mine was applying for a job as a programmer of railroad simulators. He knew that many programmers could do the technical part. He also knew that the artistic part was just as important. Drawing is difficult, but sculpture is even tougher. He […]
Where will you be in 5 years? What if you don’t really know? What if you don’t care?
Here is an interesting link that may get you thinking about what you really want in 5 years.
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 […]