Building an “Us First” Attitude

“You can accomplish anything in life provided that you do not mind who gets the credit. Harry Truman”

In the past, the bulk of my work has centered around me as a individual. My paychecks were largely tied to my success (commission-based work). There were charts sent out on a weekly (or even daily) basis that showed how I ranked amongst others. Everyone constantly knew where they stood amongst their peers.

On one hand, this encouraged competition. Anyone that has a single competitive bone in their body is somewhat upset if they aren’t near the top of the list. In times, the comparisons were certainly motivating. Other times, they created animosity amongst coworkers and hurt the team moral.

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Are Affiliate Links Ruining Your Reader Relationship?

Let’s discuss a scenario.

A good friend of yours invites you over to have dinner with him and his wife. Not wanting to be rude, you accept the invitation. Plus, you’ve been friends with this individual for a few years now. You’ve exchanged jokes, shared stories, and had some great moments.
 
Dinner goes well. The conversation and the wine are both flowing. Suddenly, the topics start to shift.
 
You learn that your friend is now a sales rep for Advocare – a health and wellness company. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever tried,” he says. “So much energy!” you’re promised. Slowly, the conversation shifts to prices, and your “friend” promises you a low introductory rate. 
 

What would you do? Buy? Stay? Say yes? Ask for more info?

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Fully Automattic – Joining the WordPress.com Family

I’m extremely happy to announce that I’m joining the Automattic team (the parent company of WordPress.com) as a Happiness Engineer starting on Monday, October 28th.

I couldn’t be more excited to join a team of passionate people that are helping to power a large portion of the web including many writers, designers, and creative folk. In fact, I didn’t know this until recently, but WordPress effectively powers close to 20% of the web. That’s pretty impressive in itself. To make matters more impressive, they accomplish this large reach even with a much smaller staff in comparison to other companies with a similar-sized audience:

Monthly Uniques (US) Employees
Google.com 196M 53,861
Facebook.com 140M 4,619
WordPress.com 130M 211
Amazon.com 79M 88,400
Yahoo.com 69M 11,700
eBay.com 68M 31,500
Aol.com 34M 5,660

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Working With the Alfred App

This post covers a new tool that I’ve been using to increase productivity. Unfortunately, it’s only available on Mac.

I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my productivity. While I’m open to trying and testing out new tools, I’m also cautious against trying out a myriad number of apps and methods that ultimately end up wasting my time trying to learn a new system rather than actually improving my workflow. About a month ago, I was happy with virtually every aspect of my workflow. In fact, I didn’t really want to try out anything else for fear of disrupting the balance. However, I had always been curious about experimenting with a task launcher. One app in particular had enough supporters that I was intrigued.

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Experimenting With The Seven-Day Work Week

Seven-day work week

Over the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with various work styles that require extra work hours. The work has been extremely enjoyable to say the least. Plus, I’ve been able to experiment with a diverse set of work schedules including the traditional 5-day work week, 6-day work week, and even a 7-day all-out work schedule. I thought it would be cool to jot down my thoughts and feelings on the different scenarios and detail which one I found most enjoyable/beneficial to my psyche (it might surprise you).

First, I think it’s beneficial to outline what I refer to as “work”. Ryan Holiday outlined his definition of work alongside his own reasons for working all the time in this article on the Thought Catalog. I share similar thoughts to Ryan in that “work” for me could involve anything from brainstorming to writing to editing to the actual time I spend at “work” for the various companies that cut me a paycheck every month. It’s not necessarily chained to a desk working mindlessly on spreadsheets attempting to move the charts up and to the right. To me, work is an effort to make myself better, to put my energy into making something that will be worthwhile. For instance, this blogpost is “work” to me although I don’t dread it the same as those trying to hide under the covers from Monday mornings. Instead, I enjoy it. I look forward to it even.

The definition of work is constantly evolving as everyone looks to new career paths and various other outlets to increase their income. With several changes in the economy and the over-saturation of individuals looking for jobs, it’s hard to sit back and follow the old mantra of go to school -> do an internship -> solidify a job. I feel it’s important to branch out in your skill sets and broaden your definition of work. In my personal opinion, diversifying your work across multiple outlets will become increasingly important, and it’s something that I’ve been able to focus on quite a bit over the past year.

As folks look to deviate from the traditional norm of collecting one paycheck at the end of the month and move towards more of a diverse income set-up, it should be obvious that more hours will need to be added to the work week. Most will maintain some form of a full-time job so the extra projects will have to be slotted either before work, after work, or on weekends. Over the past few months, I’ve experimented with all three in various forms. Each had their own benefits and perks, but you’ll be surprised (perhaps you won’t) at which one I enjoyed the most.

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