Link roundup: Are you making the most of your career journey?

Fall symbolizes wisdom and abundance; are you taking a similar approach to your career? (Photo credit: blmiers2, Creative Commons/Flickr)

On Saturday September 22nd, Autumn officially began here in the United States (so long, Summer!). Autumn symbolizes wisdom and fulfillment, making now a perfect time to explore how you can make the most of your career journey.

To help you get started, we’re sharing some interesting articles on new ways of thinking about your work. Next week, we’ll share some resources and opportunities to help you put your ideas into action.

Michele Martin, Career resolutions as a key to career thriving

Career resolutions are really the habits we create for ourselves that we do on a regular basis. How do we spend that first hour of work? What rituals have we created for ourselves daily, weekly, monthly?

Goals give us a sense of destination, while resolutions are the habits that can take us there. And even when our goals feel unclear, we can still keep our resolutions as a strategy for continuing to develop even if we feel stuck or lost.

Brazen Careerist, How to succeed as a multi-passion careerist

The problem with being multi-passionate isn’t the long list of interests, the bouncing between ideas or even wanting to “do it all.” The problem is when you don’t finish something. If you make a commitment to yourself and back down, you’re going to feel crappy about it.

Instead of trying to narrow your passions, just make sure you finish what you say you will. By completing whatever passion projects you start out on, you’ll get an extreme high that will continue to motivate you in pursuing your other interests.

Mark and Angel Hack Life, 11 ways successful people start their mornings

Put first things first. Successful people recognize that not all hours are created equal, and they strategically account for this when planning their day. For most of us, our minds operate at peak performance in the morning hours when we’re well rested. So obviously it would be foolish to use this time for a trivial task like reading emails. These peak performance hours should be 100% dedicated to working on the tasks that bring you closer to your goals.

Rosetta Thurman, New leadership for a new nonprofit sector, a manifesto

“What kinds of nonprofit leaders do we need now in order to effect social change? Real social change?

My sense is that there are four kinds of nonprofit leaders we need now:

True Believers
Ruthless Innovators
Ambassadors of Diversity
Courageous Advocates

If you’ve been following my work or reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably guessed the punchline already. I believe that we already have these kinds of leaders in our midst, but that we just need to do more to support and engage them more fully in the work.”

Blog of Impossible Things, Get disciplined, not motivated

Everywhere you go, you see people trying to get motivated to do something, to make a change. They’ll go read something, watch something or attend a conference and come away “motivated.” But that only leaves them “motivated”, it doesn’t move them to action.

“I’m motivated to do this”. “I’m motivated to do that”. Stop being motivated and just do it already! You don’t need more motivation – you need discipline.

See discipline is a whole different animal.

What have you read recently that has helped you think about your work?

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Comments (3)

  1. Carlo writes:
    October 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These are great questions to start evaluating the impact you and your workday are making! I also really like the Annual Review that Chris Guillebeau recommends over at The Art of Non-Conformity blog:×5/how-to-conduct-your-own-annual-review/

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  3. Joyce del Rosario writes:
    January 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Hi there,

    My name is Joyce and I’m an avid subscriber of your blog. I remember reading an article you wrote before about “Would you accept a job at an organization that went against your morals?” and I thought you might like this piece that my colleague just wrote. You can see it here:

    Please know what you think by leaving a comment. I’m always on the look out for interesting conversation.


    Joyce del Rosario
    Education Ambassador, Open Colleges

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