I have not a competitive bone in my body. When I play (recreational) sports, I don't even know the score most of the time. People who are competitive find this odd. They wonder how I get motivated to play well if I don't care about winning. I go out there to have a good time and play my best. I … [Read more...] about On not being competitive
Finding Your Way: Academic life as a journey
One of the great attractions of an academic career is the level of autonomy and freedom that you have. Some possible paths are clearly marked. Others are less obvious. Roadblocks are a frequent problem. Regardless of your stage of career, posts in this section help you identify the signposts and make decisions.
When you are looking for an academic job it is hard to imagine that you could get one and be unhappy, even miserable. And yet, I've met unhappy academics. Sometimes you're just overwhelmed. It seems like there is so much to do that there will never be enough hours in the day to do it. You try, … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR ideal academic job?
An audio-recording of this post is available. Length: 9 minutes 40 seconds Listen here Or One reason I started doing what I'm doing is that I could see all of these brilliant, interesting people not really enjoying their academic jobs. For various reasons you were discouraged, … [Read more...] about The importance of your vision
In a conversation with a long-term client recently I had an Aha! moment. Every one of my clients is busy. Working with me doesn't necessarily make you less busy. Working with me can make you feel less stressed and make the busy feel a lot different. What is "busy"? Busy can mean a couple of … [Read more...] about Unpacking “busy”: the importance of being proactive instead of reactive
This is part 3 of a series about confidence. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about meaningfulness. In Part 2, I talked about security. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It … [Read more...] about Where does confidence come from? Part 3: support