And I absolutely hate feeling vulnerable

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“The last 45 days have changed my life.”

Honestly, that’s not what I expected to hear when I got on the phone with Mitch, a LinkedIn content creator. I’d stumbled across a few of Mitch’s posts over the weeks, liking them here and commenting there. We’d connected on the platform and shared a simple back-and-forth over messenger.

But I wanted to dig a little deeper.

I wanted to hear about Mitch’s journey starting out as a content creator. What motivated him. What he was working towards. So I asked for a quick 30-minute Zoom call.

We started off with some…


What level of stress is normal and what level is a red flag?

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Is there any feeling more universal than stress?

Your heart pounds. Your palms sweat. Your mind races a million miles an hour. You wonder whether this (little) setback will be the end of you. You wonder whether you left the stove on at home.

Stress. Our constant companion.

Of course, some periods of life contain more stress than others. This week, I almost had a meltdown at the grocery store. However, my stress had nothing to do with the melting ice cream in my cart and everything to do with the strain of a year and a half of quarantine.


Here are the 6 lessons I walked away with

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How much time do you spend thinking about learning?

Thinking about the way your brain is able to absorb new information and file it away for later use. Thinking about the millions of tiny synapses that fire when you first “get” a concept. Thinking about how amazing it is that we’re able to recall details years after we learn them.

For most of us, that’s not the experience.
Learning is something that just happens.

If we think about learning, at all, it’s a tangled knot of history and emotions. Our experience in formalized schooling, for one. Maybe a failing grade…


The best responses to the HBO Max “integration test” email

On June 17th, 2021, millions of people received an unexpected email.

The email was from HBO Max (you’ve probably heard of it). But, rather than the glossy emails subscribers are accustomed to seeing — featuring celebrities and hit TV shows and new releases — this email was, well, different.

It looked like this:


Sunshine, beaches, and a little learning

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Summer and learning.

If you’re like me, these two words may strike you as opposites.

From the earliest of ages, the traditional school calendar quietly taught us a destructive message. It’s taught us there are times of the year for learning (boring Spring and Fall) and there are times of the year for basking in the sun and letting our minds wander (wonderful Summer).

We’ve been conditioned to treat our downtime as a kind of anti-learning time. As if learning and leisure are mutually exclusive. …


Lessons from Naomi Osaka’s bold statement

Picture a moment when you felt vulnerable.

A moment when the stress and anxiety of life started to bubble over. Your heart rate quickened. Your stomach jumped into your throat. Maybe this feeling lasted for minutes. Maybe days. Maybe weeks.

Maybe it turned into a form of depression. An overwhelming feeling that the pain and discomfort were never going to let up. That life would never get easier.

You felt stuck. Your mental health was suffering.

Now, in the midst of this vulnerability, imagine you had to stand in front of a group of hundreds of reporters. Camera lights flashing…


Moving doesn’t have to be so lonely

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Folks are on the move again!

COVID-19 restrictions are loosening across the country. Hiring is on the rise. And 2021 graduates are donning their robes, grabbing their diplomas, and heading into the workforce. The time for big moves is upon us.

In the coming months, thousands of workers will leave one city and head to another. They’ll be starting their dream job. They’ll be joining a new company. They may be on rotation, soaking in as much knowledge as they can before moving on again. They may be on the job hunt.

And you may be one of them.

Moving…


Here’s what they had to say

Most who aspire to a career in business, aspire to one day be a CEO.

It’s the top job. The big decision-maker. The role that gets heaps of praise when the company does well. And barrels of blame when the company doesn’t. It’s an impossible job filled with impossible tradeoffs, and only a handful of leaders are able to find success at it.

Most fail.

So when a successful CEO opens up about their career path, and what helped them get to where they are, it’s worth paying attention to. …


Batten down the hatches

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Sometimes we forget this simple fact.

We forget that businesses are money-making enterprises. That they exist to earn and to grow. That their principal purpose is to generate revenue and then invest that revenue into more money-making enterprises (or pay it out to the people who helped them along the way).

It’s not a flaw in the system.
It is the system.

If a business doesn’t make money, it goes “out of business.” It fails. Employees are laid off, people are out of work, and the economy suffers. Our system relies on businesses making money.

And yet, we sometimes forget…


Everyone has an agenda

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Last week, the CEO of a $3.2 billion company made a bold statement about the push for remote work.

In a talk at the Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival, this CEO expressed his concerns. He explained that the jury wasn’t out on remote work. He explained that his company had data on which types of employees would be interested in returning to the office. And which types wouldn’t.

Here’s the quote:

“It’s also pretty obvious that those who are overly engaged with the company want to go to the office two-thirds of the time at least. …

Stephen Mostrom

Program Manager @ BofA | Obsessive Learner | College Professor | Sharing Career Advice for Millenials and Gen Z

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