Category: Career & Work
Welcome to The Career & Work category. This category is all about the following quote said by Freud: Love and work, work and love, that’s all there is. You spend more than 1/3 of your life at work.
Work should present an opportunity for you to create value, express yourself, contribute to the society, love what you do and do different things that you are good at (talented for). But at the same time, work should also enable you to earn enough money for a decent living.
But unfortunately, many people get caught in lousy jobs they hate, going to work only for money. By accumulating debt, not investing enough in themselves, and lacking the courage to expose themselves to better opportunities, they get stuck in a rat race that makes their lives more miserable every day.
It’s a form of contemporary slavery that nobody deserves. You weren’t born to work in order to pay your bills and then die.
The Career & Work category is dedicated to blog posts that will teach you how to build a successful career based on your talents and things you love to do in life, while making enough money to escape the rat race and living from paycheck to paycheck.
Blog posts below are ordered by date published. Enjoy reading the articles and may they inspire you to improve your Career & Work life.
An organization is only as good as its leaders. It’s absolutely true that too much hierarchy can kill the company’s creativity and productivity, but so does an absence of great leadership. Some companies experimented with a flat organization without any leadership at all, and soon found out that people felt adrift, like lonely islands without support, when they weren’t being led properly. But becoming a good leader is not an easy job. Developing yourself into a great leader is one of the toughest challenges one can set for themselves. That’s why you can find thousands of books and research articles written on the topic. I cherry‑picked the best ones, describing the key personality and behavioral traits of great leaders.
If you just took over a leadership position or you're about to, The first 90 days by Michael D. Watkins is absolutely the book to go to. It gives you a really good step-by-step master plan on what to do and how in the first 90 days after being appointed to a new leadership position. The President of the USA has a 100 days to prove himself. You only have 90 if you have taken over a new leadership position. If you can’t build a suitable positive new momentum during this time, there might be hard work ahead of you or your leadership might even be doomed to failure.
Much like I am innovating with applying agile and lean techniques in general to personal life, Tim Clark innovated how to use the Business Model Canvas for planing a complex career decisions and maximizing your personal value creation. He came up with a brilliant idea for a canvas named Business Model You. The canvas already helped thousands of people to clarify what they want out of their career. The idea of Business Model You is to help you with complex thinking when you want to make changes in your career. It helps you reinvent your career path by finding the best way for you as an individual to support yourself financially based on your talents, goals, needs, desires and environment.
There are two modes of human operation. One is doing and the other is being. Doing is work, achievements, recognition, creating value and improving yourself. Being is loving, enjoying and appreciating life. Being is good. Doing is good. The right balance between the two is the best. Love and work. Work and love. Poor mindset, emotional problems and other psychological issues usually lead to overdoing or overbeing. You need a healthy balance of both if you want to be truly happy. Here is how.
The survival and a brighter future of the human race always depended on people who are powerful, and at the same time innovative, wise and kind. Yes, our future and the future of our children depend on people who are powerful and at the same time wise and striving towards positive progress of the human race. The second important fact is that more power you have, the more good you can do. That’s why I want you to develop as much power as possible in this life and become one of the most powerful human beings – if you have the intention to use your power for good, of course.