This week we're diving into a framework to assess if we're learning and growing in our careers, how to improve your storytelling through love letters and how to ask for help.
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How to waste your career, one comfortable year at a time Staying too long at a job while you're no longer learning anything is one of the largest career risks. There are so many things that we might make us want to stay in our current role, be it "golden cuffs", worry about the current economic condition, or a fear of letting the team down.
This article has a meaningful framework that can help you evaluate if it's time to move on:
Accomplishment: Have I done anything noteworthy these last three months?
Impact: Would I write a line in my resume about the work I have done over these three months? Would I value this specific work experience if I was hiring for my own company?
Growth/Future alignment: Have I acquired valuable insights or skills? Are these skills aligned with my future goals?
Challenge: Have there been days when I was thinking about a work problem in the shower so profoundly that I forgot if I used the soap or not?
Community: Am I excited and happy to go to work every morning and see my teammates. Do I believe in the mission, vision, and leadership of this team or company?
This framework can also help in deciding if a new role is a good fit.
Storytelling Superpowers: Love Letters Writing love letters to your key stakeholders will help you frame, see, and tell your story and have more impact not only by getting the word out, but by getting through and being felt.
When Newsletters Were Printed Lessons modern newsletter writers can learn about newslettering from an era where newsletters were actually mailed.
Brevity was the name of the game
The potential of newsletter burnout was real then as well
Supplemental services helped to fund the newsletter
Rest Isn't The Opposite Of Work Learn about what the seven types of rest are and how you can take advantage of them when working remotely, so you can get more done while working less.
How To Ask For Help A short, quick and effective guide that teaches you how to be specific with your asks to get the best outcome.
Resources & Tools
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Quote Of The Week
“Making small changes to our questions can yield completely different answers. It all starts with reframing your approach so that you are not looking at the downside risk, but the upside opportunity.” — Deb Liu (Share On Twitter)
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