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Don’t deny your own uniqueness… from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

July 29th, 2014 Comments off

Don't deny your own uniqueness… from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

“Our businesses want replaceable cogs that they can insert into their industrial machines. Schools want students that sit down and stay silent. It rewards those that “fit in” and often punishes those that don’t. In such jobs, that  drive towards “normal” can lead us to make some very bad decisions about our own careers. In order to fit in we might be denying our unique skills and the knowledge that could lead us to exceptional careers — not just an average one.”

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Midsummer Book Sale — All My Kindle Books 99¢ each for the next 30 Days!

July 24th, 2014 Comments off

That’s right!

As a special Midsummer treat to all my loyal readers, listeners and viewers, all my books are now just 99¢ each for the next 30 days!

Offer expires August 24, 2014

For career-minded types, there is my original book, The High-Tech Career Handbook, Cultivating You Career Reputations and, for those looking to decide where to take their career, Career Compass: Finding Your Career North.

Social Media fans can check out Social Media Self Preservation and learn how to take advantage of social media without losing your mind.

Finally, fans of A Gardener’s Notebook might like my collection of gardening essays, From A Gardener’s Notebook.

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Those who are chronically dishonest are always wary…from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

July 21st, 2014 Comments off

Those who are chronically dishonest…from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

“Those who are chronically dishonest are always wary, always on their guard, lest their deceptions be exposed”

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I believe that we all must be as honest as possible as much as possible…from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

July 8th, 2014 Comments off

I believe that we all must be as honest as possible as much as possible...

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Honesty

I believe that we all must be as honest as possible as much as possible, lest we slip into the delusion that honesty is only some vague philosophical concept that doesn’t really apply to the real world.

From Cultivating Your Career Reputations
by Douglas E. Welch

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There are two types of career builders in the world… from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

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Manage Your Career

There are two types of career builders in the world — those that manage their careers and those who simply let their careers happen to them. It has often been said that if you do not direct your own life, there are plenty of people in the world who will do it for you.

Career Compass
Finding Your Career North
by Douglas E. Welch

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While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R… from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

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Reputation

While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that make up the whole — a combination of all that make up your one, overarching, Reputation.

From Cultivating Your Career Reputations
by Douglas E. Welch

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Book: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

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I picked up this book during my usual perusal of the sorting shelves at my local library. Each time I visit the library, I let serendipity take a hand and see what other patrons have been reading and returned lately. It is typical for me to walk away with anything from 1 to 10 books depending on my mood. These books range from Fiction to Non-Fiction, cookbooks to poetry, manga to literature.

I was quite delighted with this book and its message. The title uses the word “Steal” to great effect but then clearly lays out that they really mean taking the influence of your favorites and heroes. It is true that nothing new really exist under the sun. Everything new and innovative is a mashup of something that has come before with something else. The “stealing” from the title could easily be “mashup” — a more contemporary term that means taking 2 disparate elements and making something new with them.

This is a small book, but it is filled with interesting and useful tidbits. It is a great book to make you stop and think about what you are doing and what you are creating. Here are a few quotes that made me stop for moment and think.

“Don’t steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heros.”

” A wonderful flaw about human beings is that we’re incapable of making perfect copies. Our failure to copy our heroes is where we discover where our own thing lives.”

This is a great book to keep around for when you have a few idle moments and are looking for a bit of a recharge. You might even want to keep it on your desk, so you can refer to it when you are struggling with your creating. We all need a little readjustment at times and this book is full of enlightening thoughts to do just that.

From Amazon.com…

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

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“It is nearly Impossible to achieve a straight heading north” from Career Compass by Douglas E. Welch

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

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Career Compass

It is nearly impossible to achieve a straight heading north in any career. One job will pull you to the East, another to the West. Sometimes, unfortunately, you will find yourself pointed deep to the South, moving away from all your professed goals and desires.

Career Compass
Finding Your Career North
by Douglas E. Welch

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A reputation for clear thinking… from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

“A reputation for clear thinking has the ability to calm those around you. They look for some sense of stability”


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Book: Don’t sent a resume …and other contrarian rules to help you land a great job

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

Don’t sent a resume …and other contrarian rules to help you land a great job

This is the book about job hunting that I would have written myself, had not Fox beaten me to it. I highly recommend this book and have written about similar tactics in my Career Opportunities columns over the last 16 years.

The world of work has changed drastically over the last decade and this calls for new tactics in getting your first job or your next job.

According to Fox, it all comes down to selling yourself to your future employer. It matters little what you want out of job or a career. What matters most is how you fulfill the needs of the hiring company. Of course, you should be trying to fulfill your work need, but the person interviewing cares little or nothing about your needs and only about their own. A hard fact to face, perhaps, but an extremely important one.

Fox goes on to give hard examples of how to use letters, not a resume to gain an interview, how to prepare for that interview and how to do everything possible to get the job you want.

While I am sure that some human resource people and corporate management will take issue with some of Fox’s advice, as they have with my columns about resumes. This is because Fox’s tactics seem to make their job more difficult. HR staff can no longer winnow large amounts of resumes down to a select few quickly and easily. What they don’t realize is that if all candidates used these tactics, hiring would be easier and the company would be hiring better people.

Highly Recommended

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