Morning Links: Interesting ideas on how to shake up your career

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Happy Monday! Last week, the internet was brimming with great career advice. Here is a round up of links to help you start your week off with reflection and action.

Have you found your place in the social-change landscape?

Although people are buzzing about social entrepreneurship, the reality is that social entrepreneurship is not for everyone and we need people NOT to be social entrepreneurs. Lara Galinsky, Senior Vice President of Echoing Green, wrote in the Harvard Business Review that rather than focusing on one way of making a difference, we need to encourage people to explore the various ways they can have a social impact:

But social entrepreneurs alone cannot change the world.They need artists, volunteers, development directors, communications specialists, donors, and advocates across all sectors to turn their groundbreaking ideas into reality. They need fundraisers, supporters who can change policies, someone to create a brochure describing their work. If everyone wants to start a new organization, who is going to do all the work?

If you’re ready to recharge your job search, complete this activity to figure out what kind of work you’d most enjoy in the social sector.

What beliefs are holding you back?

Sam Davidson, Co-Founder and President of Cool People Care, recently made a short list of things that don’t exist. Though they seem innocent, I think they can actually hold us back from creating the personal and professional lives that we really want:

Getting rich quick
An overnight success
Something that is easy to do and worth doing
“It’s not personal, it’s just business.”
That which is valuable or meaningful that came about effortlessly
A life without regret
The perfect man/woman/child
Having it all

What would you add?

Feel like you’ve hit a wall? Travel someplace new

Though it may seem counterintuitive, sometimes our expertise can make it difficult to be creative because our minds become set on a particular way of thinking.  According to the folks on American Express Open Forum, by going away for a while, your mind is allowed to wander which boosts creativity:

Creativity is all about making new connections between seemingly disparate concepts. “When you escape from the place you spend most of your time,” he says, “your mind is suddenly made aware of all those errant ideas previously suppressed.”

But it’s not enough to simply hop a plane to anywhere. If you want to experience the creative benefits of travel, then you have to rethink its purpose in the first place.

“Most people, after all, escape to Paris so they don’t have to think about those troubles they left behind,” Lehrer explains. “But here’s the ironic twist: your mind is most likely to solve your stubbornest problems while you’re sitting in a swank Left Bank café. So instead of contemplating that buttery croissant, mull over those domestic riddles you just can’t solve. You have the breakthrough while on break.”
Have you experienced a creative breakthrough while traveling?

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Comments (3)


  1. Lee Rose writes:
    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for the link on the social change landscape. It does seem that there’s a lot of buzz around “social entrepreneurship” right now. Galinsky’s advice to look at the various ways to be engaged in social change is spot on – there’s richness in the diversity of people and actions that they take.

    Lee Rose
    Editor – CharityVillage


  2. Ben Sands writes:
    July 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I love Sam Davidson’s list of things that “don’t exist”…with one exception.

    A regret free life CAN exist. Simply put, a regret free life is one in which the choices you make (what to do, where to do it, whom to do it with) align with who you “are” (your values, beliefs, guiding principles) and what you “want” (your over-arching life aspirations; specifically feelings, not things).

    What does not exist, to use Davidson’s language, is a RISK-free life… For better or worse, there’s no guarantee (I say, for better).

    Ben Sands
    Founder, Regret Free Life LLC
    http://blog.regretfreelife.net/


  3. Hannah writes:
    July 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I love all of these links, and will add another. I recently had the opportunity to hear Cal Newport speak at a conference. Newport is the author of a blog called Study Hacks, where he writes about several career-related themes including the myth about “finding your passion.” Instead of trying to uncover some pre-existing “passion,” Newport advocates for getting so good at something that you can’t be ignored, and leveraging that expertise towards making your work more fulfilling.

    He can explain it better than I can! Here’s one post to get people started:

    http://calnewport.com/blog/2012/02/24/dont-know-what-to-do-with-your-life-seek-bargains/


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