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Avoiding Burnout: How To Recharge Your Batteries

Avoid Burnout By Finding Way To Recharge Your Batteries

Everybody deals with burnout eventually. I don’t care if you blog for a living or you are Metallica’s drummer, it’s going to happen. My second job out of college was really mentally draining. Let me just be blunt, it friggin’ sucked. I was a support tech for an internet provider and we had a lot of customers that needed support. Believe me, they likely needed more than tech support. Continue reading

Why I Gave Up My TV Shows and What I Gained in Return

Why I quit TV

Dear Netflix, I have a love/hate relationship with you and my TV. You provide hours of entertainment. However, you steal time away from my family, friends and my side hustle. We are judged by the company we keep. I have things I want to teach my son. Binge watching hours of TV is not one of them.  Here’s what happened when I gave up my TV shows:

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Face It: We All Micromanage

We all micromanage

Face it! We all Micromanage

When we hear the word micromanage, our brain may automatically default to that one bad boss who controlled not only what you did, but how you did it. Of course there may be a time when a supervisor may justifiably micromanage an under-performing employee. But, you may as well be unconsciously micromanaging your coworkers, family or even friends. Let’s examine a couple situations where I caught myself controlling the activities of others. As well as efforts I’m taking to prevent it, or keep doing it but in a better way. Continue reading

Preparing for Your Performance Review: 5 Tips to Remember

5 Tips to ace your next performance review

5 Tips to Rock Your Next Performance Review!

You took the effort to beef up your resume, ditched your old job like a bad relationship and now landed a new career. Hard work is over right? Wrong. It’s performance review time buddy! For some people this may roll around once a year. For others it may be twice a year or even quarterly (yikes!). Don’t make the mistake of assuming your boss knows you are doing a great job. The curtains are up. Spotlight is on you. It’s time to put on an infomercial selling how awesome you are. And don’t forget, all while sending subliminal messages how you would like your job or workplace improved. Here are my tips to prepare for your performance review: Continue reading

How To Live Your Life With No Regrets

How to live your life with no regrets

Regret is poison. It’s literally about the worst thing you can have because it will eat you alive. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to avoid being 80 years old and having regrets. By that age, there isn’t much you can do about it. Continue reading

Restraint: Useful Wisdom From Warren Buffett

A lesson in restraint

Never forget, you can tell a guy to go to hell tomorrow…. You don’t give up the right. So just keep your mouth shut today and see if you feel the same way tomorrow.”

This advice was given to Warren Buffett from a long time friend and one time business partner, Tom Murphy. Continue reading

Market Crashes Provide Life Lessons

Stock Market Crashes Provide Life Lessons

Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the largest stock market crashes in history, often referred to as Black Monday. On that Monday in 1987, the stock market fell by 22.6%, or 508 points. In a matter of five days encompassing that event, the market lost 30 percent of its value! This would be the equivalent of our current Dow losing roughly 5,000 points. Continue reading

Saving Money: We Saved $420 Today!

Saving Money

Cheers my good people, for today is a good day. We’ve been inspired by reading so many awesome stories from other bloggers saving money that we had to take action ourselves. I spent 20 minutes of my time to save a cool $420 for the next 12 months. Continue reading

Investment Reminder – Stay On Offense

Investment Reminder - Stay On Offense

I mentioned in a previous post that I have a tendency to be far too conservative when it comes to investing. I spent the first three years of my working life contributing to what amounted to a bond fund investment in my 401k. Talk about the opposite of what you want to do as a 22 year old! Continue reading

Suicide in the Workplace: Coping with Coworkers

No one expects to ever experience suicide in the workplace. Defined Sight shares their experience of coping with coworkers.

The word suicide was never too difficult to say or type until this week. I know others who experienced suicide with their families or friends, but not directly. This week, one of the members in management took his own life. He interviewed me for the current position I am in. I often consulted with him for specific questions. He also wore a referee shirt if a coworker and I took opposite stances. Processing the loss has been difficult. Two days in the office has felt like two weeks. Here’s how we are all trying to help each other. Continue reading

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