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Multitasking is Destroying Your Career

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There is no doubt in my mind that multitasking, that seemingly harmless ability to juggle multiple distractions and projects at once, is secretly waging war against your career and holds the potential to ruin your life as a result.

In a world that increasingly values depth and expertise, multitasking is keeping too many people from building up the levels of focus and concentration needed to make the breakthroughs that society and their careers require.

It’s not just that multitasking is a significant drag on productivity (up to a 40% productivity hit for someone juggling multiple complex problems). It’s that the world, and many of the products and services we love, are being designed to keep us from turning our attention to the things that matter.

This post is intended to lay out what’s at stake when it comes to multitasking, why you should care, and what to do about it.

But first, let’s look at an outlier.

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Finding your calling – vocations vs jobs

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I wonder when the ideas will slow or stop.

Writing these morning pages, as I’ve been doing for the past week, has been a great exercise. Putting a brain dump on paper first thing in the morning. I’m posting these to my blog (and Medium) for your viewing pleasure, with minimal edits.

I just put my pen to paper with zero pre-meditation and hope that something moderately interesting will emerge. So far, something always has.

On my mind right now is the documentary I watched last night “Valley Uprising,” a film about dirtbag climbers (their words) in Yosemite Valley. These were people who pioneered the sport of climbing. They did so by not making climbing a sport or a job, but a vocation. The sport eventually emerged. The difference between a job and vocation is stark and important to understand.

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How To Give Negative Feedback

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If you are a boss or leader of any sort, there will come a time when you need to give negative feedback. This blog post shared a method I've used to do this, that will help you (and the recipient) identify and address the problems once and for all.

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How To Say No Gracefully

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Are you a “yes” person or a “no” person?

A “yes” person will say “yes” to any request. The motivation might be to avoid disapproval, missing out on an opportunity or looking bad.

A “no” person will say “no” to any request as a default response. The motivation might be to avoid being taken advantage of, protect free time and otherwise avoid looking like a support member of a cast instead of a leader.

Chances are you are some mix of the two, with a bias towards one or the other.

Regardless where you fit on the spectrum of yes vs. no, there are times when saying no is absolutely the right thing to do. It is the things you choose not to do, that create space and time for you to pursue the things you really need and want to do.

This post will teach you how to say "no" with power and grace.

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5 Tech Visionaries Share Their Best Career Advice

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Would you like the best career advice from the biggest tech visionaries of our time?

You are about to get some!

While there is no magic recipe for success, we can all learn from those who achieved success in their lives. The tech visionaries featured in this post have already commented on what it takes to achieve success in a career. Let’s learn from what they have to say.

I’ll be updating this list with additional comments on the best career advice from technology industry leaders as I find them.

In the meantime, leave a comment to let me know which piece of advice is most relevant and meaningful for you.

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Steve Jobs Speech: 4 Powerful Life Lessons

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Steve Jobs needs no introduction.

His impact on the world of technology has been immeasurable, and he has captivated the world of technology consumers and the industry as a whole for most of his adult life.

Steve Jobs was unique not just for his technical creations, but for his way of being that drove him to create products that lived up to his seemingly utopian ideas for how things should be.

His love of Zen, calligraphy, and minimalism all conspired to create products that others thought impossible to produce.

His high (and some might say brutish) standards for his employees ultimately resulted in what no one could deny, not even those who faced his wrath, “insanely great” products.

His life philosophy of building products that integrated usefulness and aesthetic beauty permeated his thinking when it came to other genres as well, including his thoughts on career direction and your life purpose.

This blog post summarizes his life and career purpose advice, stemming from Steve Jobs speech at the 2005 Stanford University Commencement.

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Ramp Up Fast: Your First 90 Days On The Job

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Stepping into a new role?

Read this post to learn how you have an opportunity to set the tone for your entire career, within the first few critical months.

If you are stepping into a new role, your first 90 days on the job are critical because small changes in your behavior can radically improve your team and company and have a monumental impact on long-term results. It is what I consider a “magic window” to make an impact and set the stage for your long-term future at the company.

In the article I share some strategies to make your first 90 days in a new role remarkably impactful. I break these strategies into three parts:

Break from your past.
Learn the right way.
Establish early wins.

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How To Sell Without Being Salesy

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Selling is a fundamental human skill. Our ability to inspire and move others has a significant impact on our ability to lead a productive and useful life. Daniel Pink is the author of four New York Times best-selling books and was once a speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. Using both the written word and the spoken word, Pink is highly skilled in the art of moving others. His book “To Sell Is Human” is a fresh look at the art and science of selling. The book is full of interesting stories, scientific research summaries and easy to remember tools that you can use to inspire and motivate others more effectively. If you want to learn how to sell without being salesy, this is good book to read!

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How To Change Careers When You Don’t Know What To Do Next

Switching professions is not something that we are trained to know how to do. It is, however, the emerging reality of many jobs. The average person changes jobs 10–15 times during their career nowadays. The tricky thing is, making the decision to change a career can be very hard. There is no built-in system to support people who want a career change. This means it is up to you to figure it out. This remainder of this article is designed to lay out some steps to help you know how to change careers even when you don’t know what to do next.

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5 Habits Of Successful People That You Should Adopt Immediately

You are a product of your habits. If you continuously identify and cultivate positive new habits you can learn more, have more fun and set yourself up for success. I mean success in the way that you want it. Perhaps this is more money, more prestige or perhaps just a greater meaning out of life. In this post I will reveal several habits of successful people. If you don't already have these habits, they are worth copying!

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8 Things Successful People Do When Starting A New Job

Starting a new job can be a time filled with excitement and stress. The good news is, you can learn how to overcome the stress and focus on the excitement in a way that not only helps you enjoy your new career but make a bigger impression on others in the process. Here are eight simple things that successful people do when starting a new job. They can work for you too.

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10 Habits That Hold You Back At Work

Positive change can be outweighed by the persistence of poor actions. In terms of succeeding on the job, the following ten behaviors are definitely detrimental! Take a look at 10 habits that will surely hold you back at work. Then, avoid doing them!

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