Category Archives: Work

No Forgiveness for Youthful Stupidity

My neighbor’s child graduated from college this week. When she came over to thank me for the gift I sent, I asked her how the job hunt was going. “Not great,” she sighed. “What happened?” I asked. “Well, I had … Continue reading

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13 Important Skills Kids Learn When Running a Business

When I was growing up, there was a girl up the street who was constantly running some sort of business. She did lemonade stands in the summer, bake sales, dog walking, car washing, lawn mowing, rented books and toys to … Continue reading

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Sometimes Quitting Equals Winning

People like to refer to life as a game or a competition. The winners are the ones who accumulate the most or best things, achieve the most success, or get the most power. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway, which means … Continue reading

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Workplace Ethics

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a post on another message board from a person who admitted to spending forty percent of his time at work surfing the Internet for personal reasons. He was even going so far … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Work from Home

I see plenty of people, both online and off, who are desperate to work from home. Despite the fact that working from home is definitely not for everyone, many people idealize the lifestyle and want it for themselves. It’s funny, … Continue reading

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Lost Week: Day 42 – 48

It’s been a rough week where I have had minimal productivity. I realized after the low vitamin D diagnosis that I had been doing some things on my own to fight the effects which weren’t particularly healthy including eating a … Continue reading

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13 Ways to Prepare for a Layoff

Layoffs are hard, but not all layoffs are totally unexpected. Often you can see a layoff coming if you keep your eyes and ears open. Some warning signs: The company seems to be struggling and bills aren’t getting paid or … Continue reading

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10 Reasons To Consider A Returnship

Have you been out of work for awhile? Maybe it’s been one year, maybe it’s been five, or maybe it’s been ten or fifteen years. The longer you’re out of work, whether because of the bad economy or personal choices, … Continue reading

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Crafting a Healthier Approach to Work

I wrote earlier about just how far we should expect an employer to bend when dealing with work/life balance issues. The point of that piece was that while an employer may be willing to help you balance your work and … Continue reading

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Reevaluating Habits: Day 8

We all have habits that we really need to take a hard look at to make sure the habit is helping us reach our financial goals. I know from personal experience that one of the most difficult aspects of personal … Continue reading

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How Far Should an Employer Bend to Accommodate You?

An acquaintance was recently fired from her job. The reason? She needed too much time away from her job to deal with “family obligations.” I don’t know all the details, but she was missing a lot of work to deal … Continue reading

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Match Your Career To Your Personality

When I first started working, I pursued jobs that forced me to deal with the public. First I worked in a town inspection department where the public came in for building permits, home inspections, and to ask questions about zoning … Continue reading

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Do You Need Long Term Disability Insurance?

Long-term disability insurance is one of those financial instruments that most people should have, yet few people do. It’s designed to pay you in the event that you become so injured or ill that you can no longer work. How … Continue reading

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Should You Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

In some occupations, such as technology and sales-oriented occupations, non-compete agreements are common. In essence, the employer is requiring you to promise that if you leave the company, you will not hire on with a competitor within a certain period … Continue reading

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Talent Isn’t Necessary To Succeed

I see many people give up on careers and activities that they love (or might love) because they don’t believe they have enough talent to succeed. Whether it’s acting, writing, designing, athletics, or even something more practical like computer programming … Continue reading

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Passion vs Real Life

It’s true that one of the keys to success in life is often pursuing something you’re passionate about. When you’re passionate about something, you tend to stick with it, to put in the hours required to become proficient or even … Continue reading

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Graduating College Without Debt

My neighbor’s child, Lisa, just graduated from college. She could have gone to some prestigious private schools or out-of-state colleges, but she chose to go to a smaller in-state college to save big bucks on tuition. She also considered a … Continue reading

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Why Staying Home Isn’t Worthless

I’m fortunate to work from home. I also know many men and women who work from home, are stay-at-home parents, or who don’t work outside of the home for a variety of reasons. Maybe they are disabled in some way, … Continue reading

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Making a Living in the Creative Professions

Many people are gifted in the areas of art, music, dance, writing, and acting. However, when it comes time to choose a profession, many choose to pursue something other than their creative gift. “You can’t make money as a writer … Continue reading

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Is Financial Advice A Disservice?

In many of my articles, and those of other writers, a common theme can be found. Most financial writers, myself included, tell people that they have to choose what to do with their money. We advocate choosing between life experiences … Continue reading

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