careerisms to reflect on

Sometimes I read an article and really like it. Sometimes I just like parts of an article. Sometimes I like parts, and really have nothing to say about it, but want to keep it or some soundbytes from it around for personal reflection. The article, Career advice you hear all the time that’s actually bunk, is one such source.

“Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you…”

“…put your head down and focus on becoming so good you can’t be ignored. It’s typically at this point that you’ve gained the leverage needed to shape your working life into a true source of passion.”

Take this advice instead: “Be valuable.”

You’re never hired for your skills or experience alone, she says. Managers hire you to make their lives easier and to make them look good in front of their bosses and clients.

“Meet your deadlines.”

“Leap when opportunity knocks.” (As opposed to only sticking loyally to a company for many years.)

“Build your value” (Rather than building your brand online.)

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