Motivation Archives - The Winding Road

What does it mean to ‘make the most of each day’?

Making the Most of Each Day? Are we really making the most of each day? When you hear someone say that, what does it even mean?  Does it mean we’re effectively utilizing every minute of each day?  Or, does it mean have we properly prioritized the things in our life and then focusing our energy on getting the highest priority things done? Or, does it mean if we had a chance to take a break that we didn’t take because that would mean we’re ‘lazy’ or unfocused? Does it mean we sat at our desk for 8 straight hours today …

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The irrationality of fear

It’s been nearly a year since I spun up my site The Winding Road to talk about careers. I didn’t quite know exactly what I was going to talk about but I knew it would have something to do with our careers and the non-linear trajectory that’s the reality for so many of us.  One of the first things I wrote about was fear.  Little did I know that fear would be such a prevalent feeling or so many of us a year later and not only as it relates to our careers and willingness to try new things, but …

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Who’s it for?

Who’s it for? That’s what was on my mind as I was running this morning.  This is an important element of any marketing strategy or campaign. I’ve always thought of it as complementary to the question of “what’s it for?” Usually putting more emphasis on the latter question, probably because it’s usually easier to figure out.  That’s what I’ve done with the writing and content creation I’ve been focused on over the past year.  This is on my mind because I don’t think it just applies to my content or marketing projects. It applies to nearly everything we do. It’s …

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Your Harshest Critic

We’re our own harshest critic. That’s a fact. Sometimes the criticism is more stinging than at other times. Sometimes we brush it off, but usually, that’s when the stakes are low.  The higher the stakes, the bigger the critic.  If we’re stretching our capabilities, learning something new, the nasty critic will show up again. Always trying to talk us out of whatever it is we’re doing.  It’s a big reason people don’t learn new things – adults at least.  We’re afraid to look like a failure at something we’ve never done and have zero experience doing.  Think about that for …

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Changing the Game – Without a Resume

How can you get noticed without a resume or a LinkedIn profile? If you’re a software engineer and have a LinkedIn profile it’s like throwing bread out to hungry pigeons. It doesn’t take long before the flock of recruiters sending you messages grows and grows and grows.  LinkedIn has all kinds of fancy filters that recruiters can use that make discriminating against people pretty easy. Things like filtering results by graduation date making it nearly impossible for older employees to even show up in some search results. That’s why you won’t find my graduation dates anywhere on my LinkedIn profile. …

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Our Narratives and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

It’s all invented. Those three words have changed the way I view the world. A few months ago I read the book The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. The very first chapter is titled “It’s All Invented.” It’s a great book and I would highly recommend it. However, I probably could have stopped reading after Chapter 1 because that phase was all I needed to understand. It was a game-changer for me. The premise is so much of the world around us is and has been invented. Invented by humans. We invent things every day. …

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My Promise: To Become a Power Connector During This Crisis

I’ve been wracking my brain over the past week about how I can help people during this time of crisis. I’m fortunate to have a job and work for a company that is in a good financial position to weather this storm- at least for some time.  As I hear about those who have gone from a seemingly secure job to no job overnight, I can’t help but think about how difficult that has to be.  It seems as though more companies are laying people off than are hiring, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop trying, give up, …

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Career Survival: Staying Active When Things Feel Hopeless

Things are challenging for a lot of people right now. Seemingly overnight they went from being in a role with job security to being laid off. It’s crazy.  They’re now in survival mode. On the phone with their lenders and their local unemployment office.  Focusing on their career has turned into focusing on finding a job. Just about any job.  Finding a job in an environment in which no one is hiring.  Overnight, some of us have dropped several rungs in Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. You may have been focusing on self-actualization and now you’re wholly concerned about safety.  Even …

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The Other Side

As I write this in March of 2020, we’re in the midst of something no one currently alive in this country has experienced.  Change happened seemingly overnight. Our routines, our predictions of the future, our sense of security, our jobs and careers – all turned upside down.  Marketers like me are struggling to understand how to market in a time of uncertainty.  Many people have been forced to work remotely for the first time in their careers. Some of us have been doing it for a long time, but now it’s different.  Businesses, some within only a week, have shuttered. …

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Narratives and the Stories Other People Create About You

Stories are a part of our every day lives, whether we realize it or not. We are either telling ourselves stories about someone or a situation. We also do things to help others project a certain story about us. Take job titles, for example. They can be a signal to other people about your success. Or is it just perceived success? Do job titles give people a convenient place to hide? What do I mean a “convenient place to hide”? Research has been done that shows if we want to accomplish something big – like writing a book or running …

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