Hating your Job Gets Into Your Bones, Head, and Heart (and what to do about it)

“Oh, you hate your job?  Why didn’t you say so?  There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar.” Drew Carey I was taught as a young boy to never to use the word “hate”. You probably don’t use this word in your house very much either (I hope).…

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Controversial Post: Death Gets You Promoted

We walked down the long, narrow hall to a dimly lit office. I felt nervous and unsettled. My attorney said, “Let me know if you get out of here alive; you’ll be the first.” So creepy, yet so true… Don’t be alarmed.  We were at an office to complete our living wills. In other words,…

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Man Steps in Dog Poop and has Amazing Career Insight

A few years ago, I had one of my worst days at work ever. I was working in Sales in the NYC Fashion District , and it all hit the fan in one afternoon. I managed to lose my biggest customer, miss my quarterly bonus by 1%, get sunburned, and step in dog poop all…

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How to Fall in Love with your Job

  I was in one of my favorite restaurants with my family and someone came up and asked, “aren’t you the guy who spoke to our group on figuring out and pursuing your passion”? Then he said, “Well, it was good to see at least someone got out of the machine,” then he shared he…

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What Plato said about Career Burnout

Where did your career path start? Mine started at the convergence of my teachers, parents, and a super-sized dose of western business culture. Yours probably did too. It’s easy to understand why you started off on a career path that was laid out by someone else or maybe even based on what was available at…

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Why I Invited Indiana Jones to my Last Office Meeting

In Corporate there can be lots of meetings to dread. They can be a face-to-face, a conference call, or even an annual review. You may have monthly meetings that you’ve gone to for 5 years and been dreading them for the last 2.5. They can be a struggle and leave you feeling burnt out, exhausted,…

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Why It’s an Excellent Time to Try Touchy-Feely Career Standards

It was the night before my annual review (“Review Eve”), and I couldn’t sleep. I was anxious. I don’t know why. I’d been busy every day.  It wasn’t like I was just sitting around. I was one of the last ones out of the office almost every day. Why couldn’t I tell if was doing…

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A Sure Way to Kill Your Career Dream (and how to keep it alive)

What do you do when you have no choice at work? In other words you “have” to do something? You might find yourself pouring on the complaining and mixing it with a personal mood of resentment and even anger. When you’ve gone through this enough times, you end up with the nasty career burnout cocktail…

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Your Most Underutilized Career Tool…a White Belt

I was finally finished. My long, intense coaching training was complete. I made my way to the front of the hall to receive my credentials, and my master teacher handed me…a white belt. It had been such an enriching experience to that point but this final curve ball caught me off guard. There was no…

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It’s Official: Going Back to Work after Vacation is Awesome

For years I dreaded going back to work after vacation. I would even get stressed about work while I was still on vacation; having it culminate in a terrible night sleep because I was anxious about the tsunami of work waiting. I’d arrive at the office grouchy just slogging through the entire day and every…

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