Category Archives: Careers and Business

Choosing the Way of the Coder

In Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist a mysterious old man by the name of Melchizidek presents the protagonist Santiago with two mystical stones by the name of Urim and Thummin. He tells Santiago to consult them when his path is unclear. Should he retrieve the black stone from the pouch, the answer to his question was “yes.” Should the […]

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Tips on Networking from 125 years ago

As a networker, your goal is to establish contacts with people who you don’t yet know, as well as maintain and grow relationships with people you’ve already met, in the hopes that in the future you may be able to do business with them. Although it certainly depends on the openness of the network that […]

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Ten-Minute Method Update and Interview With Marquis Parker

It’s been nearly three months since my last blog post about making time for side-projects.  Since then, I’ve mostly been in the process of redesigning goldhat.org and making a few small changes to the app itself before I start to plan a marketing campaign. I’m astonished how much devoting a minimum of ten minutes per […]

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Three Guerrilla Tactics for Your Job Hunt

When contending with a superior force, the worst possible strategy is to face your enemy head-on. Unfortunately, this is what most people do on the job hunt. They scan the listings on Monster.com and Craigslist, shoot off resumes and sit and hope. If you do this, know that hundreds if not thousands of applicants are doing […]

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‘Plan B’ Can Be Better Than You Think

It’s been a whirlwind week. On the 7th of September I decided to start looking for a job. This wasn’t the easiest decision to make. After all, I had high hopes for my web business, and liked to think of myself at least as capable as those internet superstars who managed to make a comfortable living […]

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Four Reasons why Cold-Calling is more Effective than Social Media

It’s easy to regard the telephone as a relic that serves no purpose but to clutter your desk and gather dust. Now that twitter, facebook and linkedin have conquered the internet, cold calling seems as primitive as clubbing your mate and dragging them into your cave. The problem with cold-calling is that most people misunderstand […]

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Finding Happiness in Self-Employment: A Postal Employee Goes Rogue…in a good way

This is a guest post by  Jennifer Monahan. Jennifer was kind enough to share with me her experiences in creating an ideal career for herself despite the uncertainty and risks that go with it. It’s stories like these that reflect the core of this website’s theme. If you have such a story to share, please […]

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The Self-Employed Mindset

If you Google the words “How to become self-employed,” you’ll find a lot of advice about quitting your job, creating a plan for your own business, and of course, a few too good to be true pyramid schemes that promise a six figure income in just half a year. Most of these blog articles and […]

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How to Sell Ideas

Why should you learn how to sell ideas? Can’t you just write and let the ideas sell themselves? It’d be nice, but in most cases you can’t. It’s not enough for ideas to spread solely based on their merits. There are countless writers, artists, university professors, and inventors who devote their whole lives to creating […]

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The Rise of the Generalist Part III: How to Thrive as a Generalist

Just because specialists aren’t doing as well as they used to doesn’t mean that being a generalist is easy. In the corporate job market, specialists are still the ones who are picked first while generalists seemed doomed to fight each other for the  leftover scraps. There is, however, a growing breed of generalist that doesn’t […]

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