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Ethernet cable

We humans are social creatures. Even if you think you are introverted (as I am), that does not override your instinct to seek the company of your fellow man. Even so-called “nerds” join book clubs, anime clubs, and gaming clubs simply because it’s more fun to talk about and share your experience with someone than to read, watch, and play alone. Even the most die-hard introverts feel lonely from time to time. We all seek a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and love whether consciously or not. We are not meant to live out our lives as hermits behind desks, ensconced within cubicles.

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A man waiting

Waiting can be a tortuous experience. A phone call after a job interview. A text message from a new lover. The results of your most recent checkup. Whatever the trial may be, time appears to crawl at a tortoise’s pace. You cannot force the tortoise to quicken its steps, and pining for it harder will only add weight to its shell and tar upon the road before it.

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Blue sky and clouds

What do you want more than anything else?

Is it a new career? The same career, but a better position within your field? The same position, only with better pay?

What can you do to move closer to that goal? What will you do? Career achievement and advancement do not come automatically.

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Endless cubicles!

Overslept
So tired
If late
Get fired
Why bother?
Why the pain?
Just go home
Do it again
–Norman B. Colp

The above is printed on the ceiling of the Times Square subway station in New York City.

A quick caveat: I like my job, I do. And I do think making money is not only necessary, but also fairly enjoyable. It allows me to buy nice things and fund my many (mis)adventures. But let’s face it. There are times when Work. Just. Sucks. Big time!

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1 big silhouette and 3 small silhouettes

Most of us have had the (dis)pleasure of working for someone at some point in our lives.  Some people are a delight to work for and you don’t even feel like you work for them.  These are the so-called good bosses.

Others make your job miserable, milking their work status in order to bleed you dry.  These are the so-called douche ba—I mean, bad bosses.

Employers are rarely just one or the other; they’re usually a mix.  Nonetheless, let’s look at how these prototypes handle different scenarios to see what we can learn.  Though most applicable to managerial skills, with a little reflection, you’ll find that these lessons extend to your personal and even romantic life.

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