8:00am

It’s 8:00 in the morning and while most people are going to work,
I’m going for a run.

I feel lucky today :))

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Push the Envelop, Not Tear It.

Another great excerpt #3

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“Originality is what everybody wants, but there’s a sweet spot…If it’s not original enough, it’s boring or trite. If it’s too original, it may be hard for the audience to understand. 

The goal is to push the envelop, no tear the envelop.

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Stick Around or Leave (a job)?

Continuation from yesterday’s post:
Currently reading…

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Another great excerpt:

“The lesson here is that voice isn’t inherently superior to exit. In some circumstances, leaving a stifling organization can be a better path to originality. The best we can do is voice our opinions and secure our risks portfolios, preparing for exit if necessary. If our bosses evolve, as Jobs did, there’s a case to be made for sticking around and speaking up. But if they don’t, and our audiences lack the openness to consider a shift in direction, we may find better opportunities elsewhere.”

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Disagreeable Bosses

Currently reading….absolutely enjoying this book!

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Excerpt for today:

“Agreeable people’s desire to please others and preserve harmony makes them prone to backing down instead of sticking up for us.

“Because agreeable people value cooperation and conform to norms, they should not be inclined to make waves and upset interpersonal relations,” 

It is often prickly people who are more comfortable taking a stand against others and against convention. 

Disagreeable managers may have a bad user interface but a great operating system.”

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Beautiful Taiwan

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Dragon’s Cave snorkeling area
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Golden Waterfalls nearby the Dragon’s Cave
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Interesting architecture on the way to Dragon’s Cave snorkeling area
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Settlements near the Dragon’s Cave snorkeling area
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The view from the Golden Waterfalls
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Crystal clear water in the snorkeling area.
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Going home
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Later afternoon thunderstorm – full rainbow

The Benefits of Reviewing Your Resume Every Year

When was the last time you looked at your resume?

The last time you worked on your resume was probably for getting your current job. Updating the resume is like going to the dentist. We only do it when we have to. In fact, we can all relate to feeling a bit panicky and insecure when we realize our qualifications don’t quite match up to the job for which we are applying. Since it is too late to take up that course on webpage design or brush up on those communication skills (application deadline is tomorrow, not a year from now), we try to embellish, smarten-up, and thesaurus-ize our resume to get it to match as closely as possible the job requirements.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. By regularly reviewing and updating your resume, you will put yourself right on track to getting that job or promotion you want. Moreover, you can save yourself from having to panic and feel completely overwhelmed the next time you are looking for a new job or contemplating your next career move.

 Currently, I am a high school teacher who is trying to transition into a leadership position at my school. For the past few years, I have made it a point to review and update my resume at the end of every school year in June. When I began my review process a week ago, I learned that I had done quite well in terms of obtaining a number of key professional certifications this past year. Despite these positive additions to my resume, I noticed there are still some gaps and missing pieces in my skillset, which could potentially prevent me from making a successful career leap. With this knowledge in hand, literally, I now know what I need to focus on next year. As such, the review process allows me to critically evaluate my progress and identify concrete steps I can take to reach my career goal.

 If you, like me, have a specific career goal in mind, commit to doing this assessment and reflection every year. The tangible act of updating your resume forces you to see exactly what you have and have not accomplished in the past year. Not only will it be a humbling experience, it will also be a valuable opportunity for you to think about your career trajectory in a realistic way. After updating your resume, ask yourself whether you would hire yourself for the position you have been thinking about. If the answer is no, identify what is missing from your resume and work on filling those gaps next year. At the same time, when you see areas of improvement, pat yourself on the back and feel good about them. After all, giving yourself a boost of confidence after a year’s worth of hard work is always a good thing.

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#NeverGiveUp

May 30, 2016

How do you finish big, hard things – those super long journeys?
You break it down.
Break them down in little, bit size parts.
I’m going to run to that street light;
Just one more step, and one more.
#NeverGiveUp

Great Video here:
How to Accomplish Impossible Goals, According to 1 of the 4 People Ever to Complete Every Ironman Triathlon in the World