Kevin Bacon (And Remembering You’re Always 6-Steps Or Less Away From Help)

In 1994 three frat guys in Reading PA were watching movies.  You can fill in any details around what else was going on yourself. But they wondered why Kevin Bacon was everywhere and came up with a theory/game they called, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” They posited you could connect any actor to Kevin Bacon … Continue reading Kevin Bacon (And Remembering You’re Always 6-Steps Or Less Away From Help)

The World Is Not Yours For The Taking (It’s Yours For The Trying)

That feeling where you’re lost, clueless, and wondering if everyone would be relieved if you just didn’t come back on Monday.  I had that feeling a lot early on in my career.  Nothing really was working, at least not in the way people said it would/should/could.  On one hand, I felt like I had proof … Continue reading The World Is Not Yours For The Taking (It’s Yours For The Trying)

The Peter Principle Is Funny, But Also A Key Insight Into Our Professional Identity

The Peter Principle states a person will be promoted, at work, until they are one level beyond their maximum skill level.  This explains how a star salesman can be promoted up to a less-than-mediocre manager, and a million other Michael Scott quality examples.  If you’ve ever said, “how did this loser get this job,” you've … Continue reading The Peter Principle Is Funny, But Also A Key Insight Into Our Professional Identity

“We Game The Things We’ve Given Up On” – Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has been re-examing some of the ideas he popularized in his book Outliers. He took a visit to Adam Grant’s classroom at UPenn’s Wharton School to run an experiment:  Could a group of college seniors and recent graduates identify what shared but rarely discussed privilege they all had in common? I won’t spoil … Continue reading “We Game The Things We’ve Given Up On” – Gladwell

5 Unusual Questions To Have A Career Worth Loving (Via Josh Spector)

Josh Spector shared a list of 5 unusual questions that have lead him to a career he loves. They’re so good I’m summarizing them here too. Ask and answer these honestly. I’ll add a few notes at the bottom particular to my side hustlers, work for my self’ers, and team leaders. How do you feel … Continue reading 5 Unusual Questions To Have A Career Worth Loving (Via Josh Spector)

Podcast Of The Week: Will Smith, Before The Slap

This is the Will Smith conversation I needed.  Pre-slap I was evangelizing the book as maybe the best non-business business book I’d read so far in 2022.  Post-slap I had a lot of “arghs” “ughs” “icks” and “what” meets “why” feels.  Jon Caramanica and Soraya Nadia McDonald get into the career arc of Smith, how … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Will Smith, Before The Slap

If You Want To Get Ahead, You Have To Learn Their Language

Everything’s a peacock feather.  Or, as Rory Sutherland says, “A flower is just a weed with a marketing budget.”  The bigger the corporate ladder, the fancier the terms. If you want to climb it, learn the terms and learn what they really mean.  Likewise, if you want to climb any ladder, figure out the words … Continue reading If You Want To Get Ahead, You Have To Learn Their Language

The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Read

This is the best career advice I’ve ever read, via Josh Brown: Make yourself useful to smart, successful people. That’s how you should spend the first ten years of your career. Surround yourself with smart, successful people and then bet on them. That’s how you should spend the next ten years. And then you’re done, … Continue reading The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Read