- No AC summer continues. Bit sweaty here :) I feel pretty great thinking of the surplus I am building up on my budget billing vs the humongous deficit i would be creating. Summer electric bills were in the $250 range for us last year. Not having it this year!
- I actually bought, chopped, prepped meals for the week!!! You read that right. I have sauteed veggies with steak to go with or on salad.
- Board the plane for the beach in 10 days and 11 hours.
- All the feels about the house stuff. I really need to figure out how to get my debt to credit ratio down by 4% to qualify for a NIFA loan. Because the property is in a NIFA target area I would save roughly $18,000 in interest by not doing a FHA loan.
- I wear size 4 in a lot of stuff now. I look a lot different from last time I wore size 4. I had muscle then… I sure wish I could find the motivation to workout.
- If all the house stuff goes well- well I will be happy but at the same time flipping the fuck out. There is so much to do to get the current place in the best selling shape.
- I am doing some things at work that haven’t been done before within the International franchise. One of the owners told me last week that if I pull this off I will be presenting at the yearly corporate meetings…… Time is really the only thing standing in my way…..
- Bonus round: It baffles me that 1 year ago I worked for a company that openly told us all that we were replaceable (I wasn’t). They didn’t feel comfortable with me knowing more then them (I did) and so they always kept their thumb on me. It feels freaking amazing to work for a company that truly values me and my input.
The idea of fulfilling work—a job that reflects our passions, talents, and values—is a modern invention. Open Dr. Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary, published in 1755, and the word “fulfilment” doesn’t even appear. But today our expectations are higher, which helps explain why job satisfaction has declined to a record low of 47 percent in the US, and is even lower in Europe.
If you count yourself amongst those who are unhappy in their job—or at least have that occasional niggling feeling that your work and self are out of alignment—how are you supposed to go about finding a meaningful career? What does it take to overcome the fear of change and negotiate the labyrinth of choices, especially in tough economic times?
Here are six pieces of essential wisdom drawn from some of the best brains in the field.
1. Accept confusion
First, a consoling thought: Feeling confused about career choice is perfectly normal and utterly understandable. In the pre-industrial period there were around thirty standard trades—you might decide to be a blacksmith or a barrel-maker. But now careers websites list over 12,000 different jobs.
The result? We can become so anxious about making the wrong choice that we end up making no choice at all, staying in jobs that we have long grown out of. Psychologist Barry Schwartz calls this the “paradox of choice”: too many options can leave us standing in one place like deer caught in the headlights.
Then add to this our in-built aversion to risk. Human beings tend to exaggerate everything that could possibly go wrong. Or as Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman says, “We hate losing twice as much as we love winning,” whether at the casino table or when making career choices. So our brains are not well calibrated for daring to change profession. We need to recognise that confusion is natural, and get ready to move beyond it.
2. Don’t pigeonhole yourself
Many people are enticed by personality tests, which claim to be able to assess your character then point you towards a job that is just right for you. It’s a reassuring idea, but the evidence for their usefulness is flimsy.
Take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the world’s most popular psychometric test, which places you in one of sixteen personality types. Despite its ubiquity, it has been widely criticized by psychologists for over three decades, partly due to its lack of reliability. If you retake the test after five weeks, there is around a 50 percent chance that you will be placed into a different personality category.
Moreover, according to US psychologist David Pittenger, there is “no evidence to show a positive relation between MBTI type and success within an occupation…nor is there any data to suggest that specific types are more satisfied within specific occupations than are other types.”
So don’t let any anyone tell you what you can and can’t be on the basis of a personality pigeonhole they want to put you in.
(excerpt - click the link for the complete article)
How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience
For students who have no fancy internships or summer jobs on their razor-thin résumés, here’s some advice:
1) The first paragraph should say who you are, where you go to school, what the job is that you’re applying for and how you came to apply.
It helps a lot if you can include a name of someone with a personal connection.
2) The second paragraph has to connect the dots between you and the employer.
Describe how your experiences meet the challenges presented in the job description.
3) In the third paragraph, further describe your personal traits and how they make you a great candidate for the job.
4) To wrap up, say when you’ll get in touch.
5) In most cases, send the letter as an attachment and format it like an old-fashioned business letter with your address at the top, then the date and then the address of the recipient.
Proofread carefully and get someone you trust to check for spelling, grammar and word use.
“A terrible way to pick your goals is to do what society wants you to do: to chase prestige. Don’t do things to win the respect of people you don’t know. Instead, do things that you and people whom you respect care about. Paul Graham puts it best: ‘Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious.’”
I hope the title didn’t scare you guys too
Much but honestly pray that I get my job back tomorrow. I lost my temper with an ignorant piece of trash customer and I’ve been suspended for two weeks. Tomorrow is my meeting with corporate to determine whether I get my job back. Please pray that I do I really can not be unemployed right now(I get that I’m wrong in freaking out on a customer but we live and we learn). Thank ya’ll so much💕