It caught me off guard during a recent conversation with a friend, So you’ve always worked for yourself? Having reformatted my professional story following the advice of Cindy Pain, a remarkable career coach, I didn’t realize how much my professional story now very much resembled an iceberg. Seemingly giant on the top but more than half of its true size…
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Finding a job can be a bit of a mystery for new grads. Despite years of preparation and schooling, the big step from the graduation stage to the front door of their first job can often be the most challenging. Increasingly however schools are providing students with additional resources to help with the transition. Recently I was invited to be…
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Late last year a friend proposed a question to me as I was ending my relationship with a former employer. She asked, “Why don’t you try working for yourself?” She asked.   Always a company man, I was taken back by the suggestion. Working for myself seemed like a distant dream, not something I could realistically achieve in my mid-twenties.  After all,…
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Josh and Judo in Orting, Washington Judo is an anchor in my life. He keeps me grounded even when other parts fluctuate between crazy and calm. Judo also helped teach me the importance of selflessness and responsibility. Having someone who looks to you for care and love changes your perspective on the world.   It feels like we just met…
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Life is full of varying degrees of chaos. From simple day-to-day problems like commuting, to more complex challenges such as paying down a massive amount of debt or figuring out how to say goodbye to a loved one. Problems arise from the shadows often to steal the spotlight and collect all of our available attention. While these moment are important…
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Change as we all know it is ultimately unavoidable, but as I’ve come to learn during my recent job hunt, it doesn’t always come quickly.After graduating from the University of Washington in June 2009, I expected big changes to occur in my life rapidly. I imagined the perfect post-college dream. I had it all planned out. I’d graduate. I’d get…
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