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No really

Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great

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In the classroom, i always talk about the balance between pixie dust and reality. Reality is quite harsh sometimes.

 

David Wong’s 2012 manifesto: 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person is filled with profanity, humor, guilt, and insight. Warning, the article is full of profanity. If profanity offends you or if rampant profanity will paralyze you from being open to the deeper message behind the post, i recommend you don’t click through. And the first paragraph (below) is the only one without profanity. One final thing, there’s a video in #3 that i couldn’t watch because i found it disgusting…i highly recommend skipping it. (So disgusting that i almost canceled this post. And that’s part of the message – we are not going to like everything the world puts before us – yet some of life’s most important messages are only found there.)

PS. Compared to the video (your clue before you click on it is the guy in a speedo and a blue cape), i saw a news story last night about a 15-year old who was wrongly imprisoned for murder. Weeks after his sentencing, the real killer confessed to the five murders. Unfortunately, the young man spent nine years imprisoned before finally being set free. That story makes me sick to my stomach and makes the obnoxious video seem irrelevant.

Here’s the first paragraph:

Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great, you’re thrilled with your life, and you’re happy with your relationships. Enjoy the rest of your day, friend, this article is not for you. You’re doing a great job, we’re all proud of you. So you don’t feel like you wasted your click, here’s a picture of Lenny Kravitz wearing a gigantic scarf.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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Do Not Pass Go

We are faced with two blatantly obvious choices

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Only in leaving can we discover the Magic we say we believe in. Note: Disney Retiree ID.

 

If we really believe we are worth more than we are being paid, and it’s been this way for a long, long time, we are faced with two blatantly obvious choices.

Stay, and wallow in our misery.

Leave, and prove it.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our career health. To leave this site to read today’s post on my home health website, click here.

 

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Authenticity

An entrepreneur’s three biggest competitors

Apple Watch reminder app
During yesterday’s run, an epiphany. Created a reminder using Siri.

 

An entrepreneur’s three biggest competitors:

  1. Curators
  2. Copycats
  3. Wannabes

Curators don’t have their own platform, but they are good at telling us what others have done. The downside is they have no context for the full story – they were never on the inside, never on the front line, never behind the scenes, never privy to the secret reality that outsiders will never know. Nothing is ever as it seems.

Copycats are good at studying and mimicking. They appeal to those easily convinced.

Wannabes are former employees who have gone out on their own because they couldn’t stand the glass ceiling. They are not prepared enough (and never will be) to match the world class karma of their former employer.

And then there are the artists, who operate as a category of one. These folks bring something unique, refreshing, compelling, and inspiring.

 

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If Disney Ran Your Life

It’s not the Magic that makes it work

Hugh MacLeod cartoon about creativity
My favorite business cartoonist, Hugh MacLeod, yesterday.

 

It’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the hard work that makes it Magic.

There are so many so-called Disney experts in our world. Here’s one of my favorites, Jim Korkis, in his take on the PBS two-part special about Walt Disney.

 

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Authenticity

The harsh reality of crushing it

Screen shot of marketing scam
Yesterday’s screen shot of a marketing scam.

 

In the screen shot message above, i can tell you as a highly paid motivational speaker, you are not going to be able to do this fast. Anyone promising fast results is someone you should avoid.

Our social media outlets portray a super savvy entrepreneur who is crushing it.

Right?

Behind closed doors it’s more like we are getting crushed.

Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

Here’s the issue. Everyone is trying to follow the recipes and formulas the gurus promise will lead to your quick, amazing results.

For every successful entrepreneur who’s cut the corporate cord and is going after the “work-from-home-Internet-based-startup” business, there are hundreds, maybe more, that live in this “getting crushed”world.

What’s missing from the  guru’s advice?

The truth.

And the truth is, there is no special formula. If there was, everyone would become “amazingly successful”. Quickly.

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