08.09.09

Enlightened Self-Interest

Jim writes in: You write all the time about just helping people and that it will somehow help you. I don’t see it. I understand

08.06.09

The Netflix Culture of Excellence

Yesterday, I stumbled across a brilliant presentation on Netflix’s corporate culture, via Jason Kottke’s website. The presentation did a brilliant job of outlining how Netflix

Review: Career Renegade

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a career, entrepreneurship, personal productivity, or personal development book. Perhaps it’s just my perspective, but there seem to

08.02.09

Putting the Strength of Weak Ties to Work

While doing research for my book, I’ve been spending some time digging into building friendships and relationships with people around you. How valuable are they,

07.28.09

Makers and Managers: How It Can Help Your Career

And now for something a little different… I recently read a fantastic article by Paul Graham entitled Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule, in which Graham outlines

07.27.09

The Best Career Advice, in Ten Words or Less

After the huge success of asking for the best money advice in ten words or less, I decided to repeat the experiment. About a week

07.26.09

Does Earning More Trump Frugality?

Milton writes in with a good question, worthy of discussion: I don’t see why I should spend fifteen minutes making a batch of homemade laundry

07.20.09

Ten Unusual Ways to Improve Your Appearance of Confidence That Really Work

I’ve seen it over and over again: the person in the office with self-confidence is the one that gets the plum assignments. The promotions. The

Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a career, personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book of interest. Without really paying attention, I picked up

07.16.09

480 Ways to Make More Money Today

If you’re like a lot of Simple Dollar readers, you’re reading this article at the start of your work day (and if you’re not, imagine

06.29.09

Blending Work and Family: How We Do It

One common question I’m asked a lot is how we actually balance our work lives and our family lives. Barb sums it up best: How

06.24.09

Money and Power

Charles writes in: The real reason people want to be rich isn’t so they can buy stuff. It’s so they can have power over others.

06.22.09

Make Starting a Small Business/Freelancing a Success

An acquaintance from my previous career wrote to me recently asking about the steps I took when I made the switch to working at home:

Review: Who’s Got Your Back

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book. It’s no secret to long-time readers of The Simple Dollar

06.04.09

Building Your Career, One Brick at a Time

A career is like a brick wall. If it’s built well, from a collection of bricks that fit well together and are thoughtfully put in

06.01.09

Scalable Careers, Your Job, and “Side Hustles”

Recently, a friend suggested to me that there are two distinct types of careers – and it left me thinking quite a bit about my

05.28.09

How to Get a High-Paying, High-Integrity Job

One of my favorite sections in what is undoubtedly my favorite personal finance book, Your Money or Your Life, discusses the process one can go

05.19.09

The Power of Transferrable Skills

When I was in college, the vast majority of my classes were effectively training for a career in research and scientific data management. Seven years

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