Characteristics of People Who Love Their Work

I meet a lot of people who love what they do. It’s inspiring, motivating and encouraging to interact with them. In contrast to my earlier post on hated jobs(here), this group is a ever growing commonality as wild eyed start ups and divergent thinkers surface with regularity in our new economy. The tools of the…

Stuck In a Job You Hate?

I had a cubicle job once. It was horrific. I’ve since concluded that cubicles were designed only because cages would not be tolerated in an office environment.  Like a criminal yielding themselves to the police, I had turned myself in to be housed in the confines of drab gray walls. I chose that course. I…

Comfort Zone – Dive Off of It

“Your entire life has been about coordinating your comfort zone and your safety zone. Learning when to push and when to back off, understanding how it feels when you’re about to hit a danger zone…we’ve been trained to stay inside the fence, because inside the fence is where it’s safe—until it’s too late. We don’t…

just quit it: quitting toward extraordinary

it can be the greatest risk you ever take. quitting can go against everything you know, everything you’re told, everything you fear. your friends tell you how secure your job is, how right your relationship is, how great your house is. your parents told you never to quit a job before you’ve given it 2…

climbing slides: scrambling out of mediocrity

“settling is no fun. it’s a malignant habit, a slippery slope that takes you to mediocrity.” – seth godin in tribes settling is not any fun, but it is definitely easy. easy is good, right? doesn’t take much out of me. doesn’t cost much in the short term. college was easy for me. i didn’t…

getting uncomfortable

try something new. something that’s a stretch. this week i’m at my parents’ house. my dad got in a bike wreck and is nursing a pelvis injury. so, i’ve traded the office and spreadsheets to be an assistant care taker this week. nothing major, just helping him up and down steps, into the car, up…

mediocrity fatigue

“life’s too short to fight the forces of change. life’s too short to hate what you do all day. life’s way too short to make mediocre stuff. and almost everything that’s standard is now viewed as mediocre. is there a difference between average and mediocre? not so much. average stuff is taken for granted, not…