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Why Geographic Mobility May Be More Important than Ever
In this article I’d like to discuss a career issue that most probably don’t even think about. The human tendency is often to find a specific place, and “put down roots”. That certainly has emotional appeal, particularly if you have family near your home turf. But from an economic standpoint, Continue Reading
Becoming a Digital Nomad Can Transform Your Life
I can’t remember when I first heard the term digital nomad. But I got a strong whiff of the romanticized version in an article Is the ‘Digital Nomad’ Life as Good as It Sounds?. As something of a digital nomad myself, I’ve always thought becoming a digital nomad can transform your life, and Continue Reading
A Jaded Employee’s Career Burnout Guide
After you graduated with a shiny bachelor’s degree, the real world seemed full of exhilarating opportunity. Now, a few years later, you feel like you couldn’t care less. The challenges you face in your job aren’t interesting, and you rarely feel motivated to put in more than 25 percent of your Continue Reading
The Internet is NOT Helping Rural America
This post is not intended to be a criticism of life in rural America. Nor am I pretending to be an expert on the economic fortunes of people living there. But I’ve driven long distances through remote rural areas, and it’s hard to ignore the often obvious economic distress of many who live there Continue Reading
What Should You Do If You Hate Your Job?
Do you hate your job? A lot of people do, maybe even the majority. I remember Ken, a former co-worker of mine who was nearly 40 years my senior. Ken was a curmudgeonly man with a full head of silver-gray hair, black horn-rimmed glasses, and a wicked sense of humor. He had worked in the auto parts bu Continue Reading
Quiet Revolution – Young People Becoming Farmers
This is a trend I’ve been watching from a distance. I personally have no interest in going into farming, but my sister and brother-in-law have done just that. And low and behold, it turns out to be a quiet but rising trend. In particular, it involves young people becoming farmers. It doesn’t Continue Reading
Finding or Creating Sustainable Work as a Life Strategy
In It’s Time to Roll Out the Alt-Retirement Movement I outlined the reality that most people will not be able to retire, at least not completely. One of the main points I tried to emphasize was that most people are going to need to continue working, if even at a reduced capacity. As is often th Continue Reading
You and Your Boss Really Are Different
Recently I was digging through some of my “digital clutter” (hard to believe that term didn’t exist a couple of decades ago!) when I came across this gem: “Differences Between You and Your Boss”. I have no idea who was the original source for this, but if your boss or supervisor or other s Continue Reading
Making Work-At-Home Work For You
There probably isn’t a soul in the workforce who hasn’t dreamed of the possibility of a comfy work-at-home arrangement. Today I want to play devil’s advocate on this topic. There are so many incredible benefits to work-at-home, but it’s important to understand the limitations as well. Not to Continue Reading
Staying Motivated When You’re Stuck in Neutral
If you feel stuck in your job, it can be exhausting just staying motivated every day. Now might not be the best time to make a job or career change, but does that mean you have to sit where you’re at and just tough it out until the skies open up and a better opportunity comes along? Don’t go qui Continue Reading