What Makes a Job Great? (The Secret to Being Happy at Work)

To paraphrase a cliché, a great job is in the eye of the beholder. You may think my job is great because of the pay, whereas I may think it sucks. On the other hand, I may think I have the greatest job in the world because I work from home (it’s true, I love what I do and how I do it), and you may think I am missing out on adult interactions at the office water cooler. We all want different things in a job, and this article focuses on what’s needed for an awesome work experience. 

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The Three Best Times to Ask for a Raise

In his bestselling book, When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink reminds us of the ageless advice that timing is everything. This cannot be truer with respect to one of the most nerve-racking things you will do on the job: ask for a raise. In this post, I will walk you through the three best times, in my experience, to take the leap and just do it.

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How to Break a Bad Habit

In today’s information age, the principles of success are the worst kept secret, but knowing and doing live in different time zones. The cultivation of effective habits helps us build a bridge from knowing to doing, so that we can leverage our knowledge and skills to accomplish our goal.

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My Favorite Movie Quotes

I start my paternity leave today. In the next several weeks, I look forward to sleepless nights and movie nights. Which reminds me, I have been meaning to share two of my best movie quotes for some time now. They are not clever one-liners, in fact, they are speeches. Enjoy!

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How to Thrive in Chaos: Find Your Why

Do you know what your “why” is? That single idea that motivates you in every thought and action, and that drives you to succeed? If you don’t, it’s time to start thinking, lest you risk losing your purpose all together in the chaos of today’s information overload. Allow me to guide you.

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How to Secure Your Job Amidst Robots and AI

Automation’s ability to increase productivity comes at a human cost: unemployment. For, if not as many people are needed to meet business demand, what happens to their jobs? They simply go away. The scale and speed at which technology evolves means that this is a problem that everyone will likely confront at some point in their career. What, then, can you do to protect your career from the encroachment of (artificially) intelligent machines? I have a few ideas…

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Part 2: Aptitude - the Missing Piece in How to Win

You have heard the saying that “hard work beats talent, but only if talent doesn’t work hard.” If talent works hard, hard work (attitude) alone cannot beat it. This is why I believe aptitude is the missing piece in our discussion of how to win. To reach the top, it is important to maintain a winning attitude, but it is also necessary to have the aptitude to accomplish your goal.

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