Career

Should Someone Pay for the Unique Experience of You?

K18 hand plane

It depends. Are you actually unique? You’re looking at a custom woodworking hand plane that sells for over $5,500.00 CDN. Yes, over $5K. Not the typical $20-$200 for a plane you would buy at The Home Depot. This is a story about finding your niche and hyper-targeting people who are willing to pay almost anything…

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What Is Your Special Sizzle That Creates an Unfair Advantage?

Game pieces on a board

There is no level playing field in life, despite the popularity of schools, companies, and services jubilantly claiming, “We create a level playing field!” Please. Who are you kidding? You can’t go through life as if you are playing a board game by the rules. Making sure that everyone is playing fair, and that no…

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How to Navigate the Social Anxiety Minefield of Work

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Psychology Today reported on a study that examined social anxiety and one’s awareness of it. The gist is that people who recognize, admit, and accept that they experience social anxiety are better at coping with it than people who blame themselves for having it, or try to pretend that it isn’t happening. The first step…

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What Do I Actually Mean by “Career Freedom”?

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Freedom is one of those words that gets tossed around so much that it sometimes loses meaning. In addition, freedom is an entirely subjective feeling. What provides and feels like freedom to one person can be absolutely oppressive to another. And the pursuit of freedom by one can sometimes lead to a loss of freedom by others. We’ve…

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No, You Don’t Deserve to be Rich

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I want you to say this out loud: “I deserve meaning” Not, “I deserve to be rich.” Not even, “I deserve to be happy.” No one deserves to be wealthy. The universe owes you nothing, despite the popularity of manifesting. Furthermore, research has increasingly shown that boosts in income may affect self-report of life satisfaction, but it actually does not improve emotional well-being beyond a certain…

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Larry Cornett podcast interview on Build Live Give

Larry Cornett - Build Live Give Podcast interview

I was recently a guest on the Build Live Give podcast with the founder, Paul Higgins. I talked about my own career experiences over the past 23+ years, shared some startup pitching and funding advice, career tips, some of my favorite tech tools as an entrepreneur, and even a little about the age discrimination I’ve seen…

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Career interview with Mike Tschudy, Head of Design at Mint.com

I had the pleasure of talking with Mike Tschudy about his career path recently. Mike is the Head of Design for Mint.com. He shared a ton of good advice about intentionally planning your career, finding good sounding boards, and taking a step back occasionally to reevaluate your path. The full transcript of our discuss is below…

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