Monthly Archives: August 2013

Tough Love

Editor’s Note: This is a pretty heavy handed post from me, but what I describe here happens a lot and hurts a lot of small businesses. 

Having a social media account that you don’t update – or worse yet, that you don’t use anymore – is like locking up your business at the end of the day but leaving the open sign on.

Unsuspecting customers walk to the doors expecting you to be open and find the doors are locked. You may not think it’s that serious, but nowadays, a large percentage of people are making decisions based on what they find online.

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The Only Thing You Take With You

There are jobs that change you. Jobs that grow you. There are jobs that challenge your character, and play a role in defining who you are.

Then there are jobs that teach you nothing. Jobs that are jobs. You punch in, you punch out, but you never really show up.

Jobs are a crapshoot. In the end, the only thing you really take with you when you leave a job is your character.

Sure, some bosses may claim you walked on water. While others may want you to burn in… well, some bosses may not say nice things. When all that fades, when you’ve forgotten what you’ve learned because you’ve been taught so much more. When the positive reference has no meaning because it’s been replaced by three more. When the bridge is done burning. All that’s left is your character.

Whatever your character is when you leave, is the only thing you’ll have when you find your next job. If you’re the sort made of unshakable character, it won’t matter what the last boss said, because the next opportunity won’t care. The next opportunity – be it boss, a significant other, or students – will only care about what you bring with you.

“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”

Malcolm S. Forbes

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The Time When Nothing Happens

Know what happens at 5am? Nothing. Which is great for my productivity. For the most part, the (West Coast) world is asleep and I can plow through emails, tasks, and especially, projects I’ve avoided finishing.

That’s the key. You have to find the times when you can shut off the distractions and the noise, and focus on getting things done.

Another tip is to make a list of what you want to accomplish during that time. Don’t stop until you’re done, and when you’ve finished, give yourself a reward.

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