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AKA “How I Found My Dream Job Without Really Looking” My oldest son, The Dude, came home from school one day, looking a little down. He plopped down on the couch, turned, looked at me, and, with a sad face said, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.”  I bust out laughing. The first thing I thought to say was, “Well, even...

We signed on with a new partner at work and they instantly needed photos of lots of our product – photos that we didn’t yet have. I tried to engage with a number of professional photographers, but our request and timeline was just not doable for any of them. I was coming up on a quick deadline, the product was in North Carolina, I was in Pittsburgh, PA, with no studio available, and there were no photographers available anywhere. Since I have a professional DSLR camera...

Recently, a group of researchers ran a field experiment. They sent the same, well-written letter to top professors across top universities in the US. The letters praised the professors and requested a meeting to learn more about them and their work. “They emailed more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 schools pretending to be the students. And they wrote letters saying, I really admire your work. Would you have some time to meet? The letters to the faculty were all identical, but the names of the students were all different....

My boss told me “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Now, I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.   (OK, maybe Wonder Woman). ...

If you ever feel bad about procrastinating, just remember that Mozart wrote the Overture to Don Giovanni the morning it premiered! ...