Demotivated at Work? Consider the Following

What motivates you to continue on your current path? I consider, when asking this question, the 70% of U.S. employees who are disengaged at work. Or, put another way, for 70% of Americans, their job is just a paycheck. That is problematic on a variety of levels. “When did companies decide employee engagement wasn’t important?” […]

Mental Bandwidth

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and it promises to be a crazy couple more. I once heard someone note that “life”—by which they essentially meant the stresses thereof—tends to happen in waves. It makes a certain intuitive sense because I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a steady state of elevated […]

How Statistical Analysis Can Ruin Your Life

I remember having conversations with college freshmen and college aspirants while I was teaching and tutoring in Ohio. Inevitably, the conversation would begin with what their major was. Now, I’m not one to be content with knowing simply what a person has decided to dedicate four years of their life to studying. So my first […]

Two Questions for Career Planning

I have lately been grappling with a couple of questions that may or may not have any real answers. However, they seem central at the moment, and plucking at them seems to be the best use of my brain, given everything. The two questions are, “What am I good at?” and “Does that bother me?”

Productivity and Laziness

Broadly speaking, I make an effort to do a variety of different things, any one of which would be considered healthy to do. The result is sometimes that I feel as though I am functioning quite well in my day-to-day life, and other times that the various things I am trying to do are impossible […]

Finding Purpose: Or, Cleaning Up after the Storm

As I sit down to write this blog, I have a few different thoughts swirling through my head. The most prominent of these are a mix of statements I have recently read from 48 Days to the Work You Love and Rhinoceros Success. One is a very serious book, and the other one a rather […]

Art, Money, and Maslow

I sit here writing this blog this morning as someone who has been minimally employed for about four months. I should specify that when I say “minimally employed,” I mean simply that I have not been able to sell but a small fraction of my work for wages. In the sense of a wage relationship, […]

Life Is Chess

In your experience, you have probably heard a number of different metaphors for what life is and isn’t, or what life is and isn’t like. “Life is like a box of chocolates….” “Life is an adventure….” “Life is a journey….” I have one to add to the pile: life is a chess game. Consider the […]

Soul-Searching, Courtesy of a Book

I think writers know all too well the power that a book can have over someone. Indeed, the right book can reach out and change the life of someone that you have never even met. I am currently on the receiving end of this courtesy of Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love, […]