06.28.11

Career Dreams – In Three Parts

What will I do with my life? How will I leave my mark on the world? These questions have been a constant part of my

06.03.11

Your Job Is Not Your Life

A few days ago, I had a chat with a friend of mine who is struggling mightily with his job right now. He took a

05.10.11

The Second Job Paradox

Amy writes in: I’ve been a paralegal with the same law firm for four years. I love the job and the work that I do.

05.03.11

Got Unused Vacation Time? Put It to Use with a Personal Sabbatical

In September 2004, I was about to leave my first post-college job. My boss at that time – who happens to be one of the

04.03.11

Deliberate Practice: Improving Your Finances, Career, and Life

I’ve mentioned deliberate practice in the past, but after several experiences in recent days, I felt like it was a vital topic worth revisiting. What’s

Review: You Majored in What?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

03.26.11

When Should a Hobby Remain a Hobby?

One constant theme of The Simple Dollar is my encouragement of people to try to find ways to turn their passions and hobbies into a

03.23.11

The Limits You Choose

A few days ago, Kenia left a very interesting comment on my earlier post What You Are – and What You’re Not: Great post, Trent.

03.19.11

What You Are – and What You’re Not

I’m never going to play in the NBA. That’s an unrealistic goal for me, and I knew it to be an unrealistic goal when I

Review: Evil Plans

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

03.01.11

Downgrading Your Job, Not Your Life

In March 2008, I walked away from a great job into a writing career path that, at the time, paid me about 50% of what

02.02.11

An Artist on the Side: Coppola on the Future of Artists and Artisans

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a great interview with Francis Ford Coppola over at the 99 percent. In this interview, Coppola talks about the

Review: Bait and Switch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

01.25.11

Career Moves and Decisions

This week, someone from my past reached into the present and dropped a job offer on my lap. If this job offer had appeared three

01.09.11

Who Is Your Real Boss? Some Perspectives on Career Success

Let’s get this straight right out of the chute: your real boss is you. “Yeah, right,” you might be saying to yourself. “Easy for you

01.05.11

Flipping the Mental Switch for Success

If I have one single piece of career advice to give to anyone, it’s this: figure out how to get in the zone and do

09.30.10

Vocation, Career, and Job

Vocation. Career. Job. Three different things that so often seem to overlap in our minds. However, when we let them overlap, we lose something valuable

08.29.10

I Can’t Find a Job in This Economy!

I get a lot of emails from people with the above statement, usually followed by some sort of plea for help. I have a lot

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