Four pieces of excellent career (or life) planning advice at Slate. I'm not going to try to summarize them because they deserve a full read. At my Harvard Business School job, I've spent several years studying what makes people successful, and this article gets it right. Well worth reading even if you aren't a corporate warrior. (Really good career advice applies equally well whether your career is investment banker, homemaker, science teacher, pastry chef, or fifth-grader. This is how you can tell it apart from mere boosterish jargon.)
From the article:
"Finding the bright spots" means that you spot things that are working and study them carefully, in hopes that you can reproduce them. (This is distinct from "looking on the bright side," which will just make you annoyingly sunny.)Consider a sales manager who oversees a team of five, including three average reps, one superstar, and one laggard. The typical manager will spend most of her time dealing with the laggard -- after all, that's where the problem is, right? But a wise manager will fixate on the superstar: What can I learn from him that I can spread to my other reps? Or a freelancer with only a few clients will be tempted to obsess about the difficulty of landing new work, but she'll be better served by focusing on her bright spots: Despite the odds, I've landed work with several clients. How, exactly, did I manage that?
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