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Month: May 2017

Feeling Gratitude from a Shower Knob

Feeling Gratitude from a Shower Knob

They say that for your own happiness and wellbeing, you should feel gratitude every day. Source: Flicker.com—John Soo But as things turn out, that’s hard to do. Ask anyone what they’re thankful for and they’ll probably mention friends and family. Ask them the next day and they may mention their health. And by about day five, they’ve run out of things to be thankful for and they lose interest in the daily gratitude exercise. The problem is that we don’t…

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The One Skill You Must Have to Succeed as a Freelancer

The One Skill You Must Have to Succeed as a Freelancer

If I always did what I was qualified to do, I’d be pushing a broom. -Naval Ravikant Lately I’ve started thinking about all the jobs I’ve had in my life and I’ve had a lot. I’ve worked for big companies, medium-size companies, small companies and startups. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that all those jobs had one thing in common. I wasn’t 100% qualified for any of them the day I got hired. And…

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The Secret Tactic Smart Companies Use to Hire Employees Today

The Secret Tactic Smart Companies Use to Hire Employees Today

Holy crap! My client just offered me a job. They want me to come work for them full-time. It began as a simple request from a client who found me through my website. The message was simple: can you do this project and what is your hourly rate? Then they made me a proposition. They asked me if I could work 20 hours/week for them for two weeks. They have a big project they need help with, but they have…

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While Finding Work After 50, Collect as Many Cookies as You Can

While Finding Work After 50, Collect as Many Cookies as You Can

Cookies are yummy, but those aren’t the type of cookies I’m taking about. I’m talking about the type of cookies that are a metaphor for non-monetary compensation. Something a client gives you, that you can’t spend, but it still feels pretty good. One of the best cookies to collect is a fantastic review. That’s a cookie that can lead to more cookies (and actual money). But sometimes, a cookie can be as simple as a few words in an IM….

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When it Comes to Finding Work After 50, Nothing is a Sure Thing

When it Comes to Finding Work After 50, Nothing is a Sure Thing

I was in such a great mood when I left for a long weekend in New Orleans last week. I had just finished working ten days in a row. Yep, working for yourself you sometimes have to do that. More importantly, I had arranged a pretty good engagement with a client starting this week. I had a six-week engagement all set up helping a client write a big proposal. Knowing I had that work upon my return allowed me to…

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