thoughts on career

Lazy vs. Leveraged

The lazy person doesn’t do much work. The leveraged person doesn’t either. At first glance, both seem identical. However, nothing could be further from the truth. A lazy person doesn’t do much work and doesn’t derive any benefits from working. The leveraged person doesn’t do much work either, but still derives the benefits as if [...]

The Fastest Way to a Promotion

The easiest way to get promoted is to do the following: 1) Choose an employer that’s growing and in constant demand for new people. 2) Master your own job. 3) Develop preliminary competence in the job above you. 4) Volunteer to do the least enjoyable parts of the job above you (before you’re promoted). Let me [...]

Wisdom vs. Intelligence

Intelligence = the ability to learn from your mistakes. Wisdom = the ability to learn from other people’s mistakes. The fastest way to rise in your career is to be wise, not just intelligent. I’ve learned from hundreds of mistakes — only some of which were mistakes of my own. The key to wisdom is [...]

The Importance of Situational Awareness

A friend of mine flies airplanes as a hobby. As a smart person, he doesn’t like taking unnecessary risks. Every month he reads a monthly publication that includes the forensic analysis of every plane crash that has happened in the United States. Unlike car crashes that aren’t always investigated, the Federal government investigates every plane [...]

How to Get What You Deserve

In a traditional academic environment, your performance is measured by some kind of exam. If you perform better on the exam, you get a better grade. If you performed worse, you get a worse grade. For the most part, in a school environment you get the grade you deserve. However once you get out in [...]

How to Create Chaos

The last few days have been quite chaotic politically here in the United States. While chaos can come from many places, there’s one source in particular that I’d like to discuss today, as it applies to business. It’s chaos that comes from… Confusion Chaos from confusion is simple to prevent. The antidote involves two things: [...]

Decision Fatigue

The higher you move up in the organization, the more your job becomes about deciding than it does about doing. The CEO doesn’t design a product, manufacture, sell or market a new product. The CEO DECIDES what to build, where to manufacture it, to whom to sell it, and how to market a product. Junior [...]

The Decider vs. The Critic

Any time a decision needs to be made, two roles often emerge. There’s the role of the decider versus the role of the critic. Anybody can be a critic. If a critic criticizes and is wrong, rarely does anybody go back and blame the critic. For the critic, there is no downside to criticizing. A [...]

The Solution to Any Business Problem is...

I’ve had many mentors throughout my personal and professional life. I’ve had several mentors, but one in particular who taught me how to write persuasively. While he has since passed away, his legacy lives on in his writings. He believed that… Nearly any business problem could be solved with the written word. Need to hire [...]

Intentional Discomfort

The late Earl Nightingale, the godfather of the self-improvement industry, had a great quote that really resonates with me. It goes something like this: When you’re not sure what to do, look at what everyone else is doing — and do the opposite. If you want to be in the top 5% of your field, [...]

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