Category Career

Career Lessons from Running the Marathon

I ran the 2015 New York City Marathon. And by run I mean walk in pain for eight hours and 21 minutes. It was definitely worth it. Training for and running the marathon isn’t about your career. It’s about your life. But everything in your life can benefit from the marathon experience. My marathon experience reminded me of the following:     Don’t wait until you’re ready. Make a choice

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Living in New Haven After Graduation

tl;dr Email me if you want: to talk about bikes. to talk about what it’s like to work at a startup. to talk about what it’s like to work at SeeClickFix. to talk about what it’s like to live in New Haven after graduation. to be connected with folks who know a lot more than I do about all of the above. I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky

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Easier Career Transitions 

This post is dedicated to all our military families. Veterans Day is another opportunity to honor U.S. veterans of all wars.  We should also take time to think about the 250,000 military families that are expected to transition to civilian careers as we draw down our forces from remote wars.  As an entrepreneur, submarine veteran, and former hiring manager at a Fortune 40 company, I have experience making career transitions

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One Yale

It’s easy to carry a lot of preconceived notions into a place like Yale, particularly when coming to it from an unusual background.  There are things that one comes into the experience wanting to believe that are immediately apparent, and things that are sometimes harder to find.  I very much wanted to believe that the universally recognized strength of Yale was the diversity perspectives, passions, and disciplines that can be brought together

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Service as Success

“Success without service is merely indulgence.” Kimberly Goff-Crews’s words in her opening address caused me think critically about how I want to use my Yale education to be useful in the world. She informed us that we have an estimated 90,000 hours of work in our lifetime, and challenged us to make those hours meaningful. I initially came into the event feeling daunted by the idea of choosing a career

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Old Campus Dreams

Is there a dream you’ve harbored from long ago, a dream that you’ve put aside because practical considerations make it too risky to pursue?  Or perhaps life’s demands keep getting in the way, pushing the dream further and further into the future.  As a Yale freshman I wanted to study the great books, to read the Bible and Homer, Plato and Shakespeare, and immerse myself in the Western canon.  But

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So you want to be an Entrepreneur…

“Don’t follow leaders/Watch the parkin’ meters” — Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” If you really want to be an entrepreneur, and you will know if you do (because you can’t possibly imagine yourself wanting a “real job”), you must expand your realms of knowledge, hang out with odd people, and not settle into any comfortable job for very long right out of college or grad school.  Beware of the prestigious

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How much satisfaction does your current job provide you?

There is a lot being made of job satisfaction; and rightly so.  Gallup conducted a poll on job satisfaction and found that 90% of the workforce is not satisfied with work.  Organizations know that employee satisfaction is important because low-level employee engagement can result in a 33% decrease in operating income and an 11% decrease in earnings growth.  However, the workforce needs to understand the personal value of job satisfaction

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