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How Not to Practice Public Speaking

I’m pretty good at some things. I’m a fast reader, I can bake really delicious gluten-free peanut butter cookies from scratch, and I’m excellent at making up answers to questions I don’t actually know much about. If anything, I am sometimes overconfident in my abilities. Yet any ideas I have about having gift for public speaking are entirely fantasy.

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“If you’re enjoying yourself, you’re not working hard enough” (Or You’re In Denmark)

Can you imagine if America’s biggest problem was stairs?

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Starting A New Job Right

Day 1, I had to convince my principal to act like an adult and show me around.

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The Rise of the Robot Worker Is Imminent

The list of nine jobs that could well be taken over in the near future by C3PO might make you want to dive right back into bed.

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“Working Has Become More Expensive”

If you don’t need to work to live, why work?

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Is Your Boss Springing for a Holiday Party

Fortune claims that 90% of offices are planning parties in 2014. Get out those reindeer headbands!

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Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

I have never been good at not comparing myself to others. It is one of my favorite activities—something I do in between work emails and the lull between episodes of Parenthood loading on Netflix. A simple glance at Twitter or a mindless scroll through Facebook reveals the various successes, personal and professional, of friends, people from high school, old roommates. They are all seemingly doing things. Big things. And here I sit, on my couch, doing smaller things, like watching TV, working and conducting consumer research on duvet covers or televisions. My mind starts to wander. “I should be doing better,” a voice says, insistent and grating. “I should be doing more.” This voice is the worst. It is career suicide.The correct response to this: “Keep your eyes on your own paper.”

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‘Maybe You Have a Rich Husband?’

“We think you’re great and we’d love to offer you the job,” the woman on the phone told me. She trailed off momentarily before resuming again, “but we’re not sure there’s any way you can take it. But, we thought, ‘maybe she has a rich husband.’”

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Cops

I’m having a hard time concentrating on anything besides the sorry state of our criminal justice system.

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