Networking, Networking, Networking!

August20th

If “location, location, location” is the jargon of real estate, “networking, networking, networking” is that of your job search.

 

Networking is possibly the most important part of your job search. A somewhat depressing fact is that 80% of jobs aren’t posted – and the candidates found to fill these positions are found through connections.

 

So go out and meet people – meet as many people as you can in your field and get to know them. Do favors for people. Just be a generally A+ person to be around, and soon it will boomerang back to you.

 

If you do people favors, they’ll remember how helpful and professional you are, and when they see a job opening, they’ll let you know. If you prove you’re easy to get along with, and good at your craft, you’re the one people will think about first.

 

So give out business cards, ask people with careers you aspire to if you can buy them lunch or a coffee and ask them questions – get to know them, keep theircontact information, make an impression.

 

Network, network, network!

Benefits of Meditation

August19th

What if someone offered you a free pill that fought depression and anxiety, reduced stress levels, increased happiness, helped you lose weight, prevented the common cold, and helped you to get organized and reach all your career goals?

 

What if that pill was completely free, and fully accessible to every person on planet earth. That would be pretty awesome, right?

 

Good news! It exists. Sort of. It’s not a pill. It’s meditation.  And it’s not quite free – almost though.

 

All it costs is 20 minutes of every day, a bit of a tough learning curve, and the possibility of someone calling you a hippie at some point, (you have my permission to punch that person in the face though, so it’s fine.)

 

Here are the top five reasons you should really give it a try!

 

  1. Meditation Physically Lowers Stress Levels

 

I don’t mean that in any sort of figurative way – studies of people who participate in daily meditation actually show lower levels of a stress hormone called cortisol. Just giving yourself that 20 minutes in the morning changes the chemical balance of your brain for the better – you start at a lower stress level, and it is harder to raise it for rest of the day. Plus, the effects are speculated to be cumulative. Over time, your brain actually rewires itself, growing brand new connections – these connections lower something called your “anxiety density”. This lowered “anxiety density” fights against mental illness better than any anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drug on the market, (not to mention the fact that it’s free and has no side effects aside from improved quality of life and the freedom to punch jerks who call you a hippie in the face). Did I mention it also lowers blood pressure?

 

You’ll be so zen you could have a zen-off with the zennest of zens.

 

  1. Meditation Protects Against Illness

 

Get colds a lot? Yeah, people who meditate daily don’t. Research coming out of Wisconsin (which is verifiably the coldest goddamn place ever), found that people who practice daily meditation miss less days of work due to cold symptoms – and when they do catch colds, they last for shorter periods of time and suffer less severe symptoms.

 

And man, if you think the common cold is the end, you would be very wrong. Daily meditation actually protects you against way more than that – it can help a whole host of other things, from headaches to joint pain to freaking cancer.

 

Ohio State University’s study of women recovering from breast cancer revealed that it was way less likely to come back if they were on a daily schedule of muscle relaxation and calming of the mind (read as: meditation). Another study out of Ohio State University showed that daily meditation improve the count of protective killer cells in your blood – improving your body’s ability to resist tumors and other potentially serious viruses.

 

  1. Meditation Helps You Lose Weight

 

Yep. This too. Meditation fosters a state of living called “mindfulness”, which just means when you meditate in the morning you ground yourself firmly in the present for the rest of the day – and notice what’s around you more. When you’ve going through life in your “mindful” state, you’re more aware of what you’re eating. After meditation, your taste buds become more sensitive, and you’ll find it easier to stop eating after a little, because you need less to feel satisfied.

 

Another way meditation helps you lose weight, is it increases your exercise tolerance – so if you sneak in a little meditation before you go to the gym, you’ll be able to go for longer without getting as tired out.

  1. Meditation Makes Things Seem “Better”

 

As I mentioned before, it charges your taste buds and food tastes better. It also makes music sound better. And movies. And books. And art. And the people around you. Your perception of all of those things is improved. It comes back to the whole “mindfulness” thing. When you listen to music, you really listen to music and it will effect you on a deeper emotional level. When you watch movies you pay attention, you visualize books more vividly, you truly listen to the people around you.

 

And since your cortisol levels are already so low, it’s more difficult for these things to make you stressed or unhappy. So you have these heightened, focused senses, and a lowered ability to become stressed, anxious or depressed. The result is that a lot of things just seem “better”.

 

This in turn, builds your life satisfaction and confidence, which can help you achieve your goals.

 

  1. It Makes You “Better”

 

On top of all the things meditation does for you, it also makes you better at being a person. Studies have shown that people who meditateshow higher compassion towards others, and are more likely to express altruistic behavior. They also have decreased anger and jealousy and are more well liked by their peer group.

 

I guess if you never get stick, you’re losing weight, you’re never stressed, you’re focused enough to get work done and you’re able more fully enjoy literally everything, you sort of chill out and end up being really nice to everyone.

 

Go figure.

Do Things For Free

August12th

I’m going to be completely honest with you – the way the working world works kind of sucks. It stacks all of the odds against the people trying to break into new careers, and life after grad can be really hard.
I know you don’t want to hear this, but to break the cycle, you’re probably going to have to do a lot of work for free – or dirt cheap – before anyone offers to start paying you.

 

I know it’s discouraging, and I know you have enough expenses as is, but it pays to pay your dues. If you’re good at something do it for free a lot for powerful people.

 

The problem with being new, is people don’t like taking risks. If you have a good reputation and you’ve been in the working world a long time, things get easier, but just coming into it, no one knows if you’re a good investment. So help them along and initially do things for free.
Don’t do it so long that they begin to feel they can take advantage of you, but show them how much of a benefit you are. Blow them away with your professionalism and skillfulness, and at the end of your agreed upon free work, politely tell them you’d love to work with them again – for pay this time.

 

Odds are, after they get to know you, and have proof you’re a good investment, you’ll be paid what you deserve.

 

But until then, sometimes you’ll just have to stick it out, be patient, and work for free.

 

Lessons From Trailblazers: JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling enjoys the benefits of being one of the most successful authors of all time – having written an entire series of best selling Yong Adult fiction, which was then adapted into a series of eight highly successful movies, she lives in absolute luxury.

 

But it wasn’t always this way.

 

August13th

During the writing process of the first Harry Potter novel, Rowling was suffering through a divorce and the death of her mother. Much of the now world-famous book was written on napkins in the middle of the night when the anxieties of her life kept her awake at night. These things drove her into severe depression and a near impoverished financial state.

 

Despite all of it, she worked on the novel she was passionate about. No matter what life threw her way, she diligently worked on what would soon become an unforgettable classic for young audiences everywhere.

 

When the book was published, everything changed for Rowling. She’s currently richer than the Queen of England.

 

Let her strife be a lesson to follow your ambitions no matter what life throws your way – work through adversity and you will surely succeed.

RIP Robin Williams

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The news of Robin Williams’ death hit home like the death of a friend. With tributes

and condolences pouring in from everywhere it’s like the world is in mourning.

Like we have all lost someone close to us. Robin Williams was one of those rare

people that had the ability to reach all the way through whatever screen he was

on and touch the lives of those he performed for. It’s true he didn’t always choose

the greatest roles, but he had more stand out genius performances than just

about anyone else. He was an unparalleled genius that captured the hearts and

imaginations of all. So today instead of mourning his passing, I’d like to celebrate

his being.

 

Thank you Robin Williams for never reigning it in. For those full-out, crazy,mad cap

performances, for making our jaws drop in wonder at the brilliance of your work.

Thank you for Aladdin, Dead Poets Society, Fischer King, Mrs. Doubfire, Jumanji,

What Dreams May Come – a few of my personal favorites.

Yes, words and ideas can change the world. So too can people. You were one of those

heart-touching, world changing people. Thank you for inviting us into your world.

 

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams

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