Great post from Leran!
Every day is a negotiation for an entrepreneur. Whether advancing a cause, making a request, or persuading others of the merits of our view, negotiating for what we want—often and effectively—is a survival technique for a business owner. We can use it to go after what we want, to create options where there were previously none, and we can use it to defend what is ours and what we need. Perhaps the best news of all, this is a skill that can be learned.
Andrew Exum’s has a useful critique of Thomas Friedman’s recent piece. In a nutshell, Friedman makes the old argument that the US could buy friendship and allegiance by giving Middle Easterners more education and scholarship opportunities. To this, Exum has a rather terrific rejoinder:
1. Your time in fraternity basements was well spent. The same goes for the time you spent playing intramural sports, working on the school newspaper or just hanging with friends. Research tells us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness and well-being is your meaningful connections with other human beings. Look around today. Certainly one benchmark of your postgraduation success should be how many of these people are still your close friends in 10 or 20 years.
2. Some of your worst days lie ahead.Graduation is a happy day. But my job is to tell you that if you are going to do anything worthwhile, you will face periods of grinding self-doubt and failure. Be prepared to work through them. I’ll spare you my personal details, other than to say that one year after college graduation I had no job, less than $500 in assets, and I was living with an elderly retired couple. The only difference between when I graduated and today is that now no one can afford to retire.
3. Don’t make the world worse. I know that I’m supposed to tell you to aspire to great things…
Good short read. I find it comforting :)
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I finally have my first interview! It’s tomorrow morning for a seventh grade science position. I’m SOO nervous and excited.
As for today, I woke up this morning with a stomach bug. Cool, right? I’m pretty bummed I won’t get to go shopping for a new outfit. I fully plan on being well for the interview.
To the point. I must practice. What questions did you get in an interview?
teacher: im giving you three projects at once because im getting you preparedme: for what? hell? a labour camp? satan's administrative office?
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