Is college still worth it? Or, let me clarify, is a private liberal arts college degree still worth it?
I started following Gary Vaynerchuk on LinkedIn. I enjoy his bold, thought-provoking posts. He recently posted this video about the value of a college degree. Vaynerchuk challenges us, especially parents, to re-think our perspective on college in light of COVID-19.
Check it out, he makes some really great points.
This has been on my mind as well — I graduated in the late 90's — I feel like that was the peak of a 4-year college degree’s ROI. …
I love to experiment, especially on my behavior. Right now, my daily experiment is how to get CP, my 7-year-old son, to school with no drama.
How I define drama:
While I can’t control everything that happens in the morning, I can strive for a system that’s conducive to calm. And “calm” is not how I’d describe the typical morning in our house on a school day.
That’s where the infamous morning kanban enters the scene. I used a personal kanban to get back some of my sanity during remote learning. …
If you admire your manager, give them some gratitude today. I know, I know. I said the overused “g” word, but hear me out.
Being a boss is thankless most of the time.
When our phone rings or someone asks to chat, it’s usually because there’s a problem. Maybe it’s an unhappy employee, ticked off customer, or disgruntled vendor. By the time it gets to us, it’s escalated — the higher our level, the bigger the issue.
And that’s okay. We’re not in leadership roles to get constant kudos, we’re here to drive change and help others meet their goals.
I successfully managed teams across several industries for over 20 years. I loved it. I miss it. I found great fulfillment in leading change, coaching employees, and meeting goals. …
My writers group asked its members to pick a word, or intention, going into 2021. One word. Only one. Yikes.
I don’t usually do annual themes, mantras, or affirmations. They always feel a bit cheesy to me. Hokey. And my “Tigger brain” gets distracted — I forget what I picked an hour after I made my selection. Now that I’m typing this out, I realize the fact that I can’t remember my mantras is probably why I need to do them. Hmmmm. I sense another post topic brewing.
Back to my 2021 word. I’m a rule-follower and strive to be a good student. If my guru asks me to do something, I do it. So, here I am, picking my word, so I can earn my gold star for the day. …
Last year, I joined a writers group called Ninja Writers Club. It’s amazing–I’m learning so much from super-talented writers and creators.
Every Monday night I meet (via Zoom) with other Ninja writers to share my work. There’s a feedback rule for these sessions that I think is simple and genius.
After you read your work, you mute yourself. Then, the moderator asks if anyone has any feedback.
Your job is to listen to the feedback, take notes, and thank your team. That’s it–no debating. …
This week, I selected my favorite books of 2020. During my review, three books stood out from the crowd. They weren’t necessarily the books that I enjoyed the most — I only gave one of them 5-stars on Goodreads.
These books grabbed my attention because of how they guided me to pursue a writing career. Their words provided encouragement, wisdom, and perspective.
Here are the three books that nudged me to start my writing journey.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Since my Freshman year in college, the idea of being a good writer eluded me. I felt unprepared when I arrived on campus. My education fell short when compared to the suburban, rich kids at my liberal arts university.
I graduated from a small, rural high school, where many teachers taught from outdated, tattered manuals. I worked hard to earn good grades, but developed bad study-habits. In college, my tendency to procrastinate bit me in the ass — I got two C’s during my first semester.
Eventually, I figured out how to study (and drank lots of Diet Mountain Dew) and improved my grades. I’d like to say I kicked the procrastination habit, but I think I just got better at it. I graduated in four years with a good GPA. Yet, I always felt inadequate in my literature and writing classes. …
When I read online, I want to quickly find my favorite authors’ posts. But, that’s not happening on the Medium mobile app anymore.
I see that authors have new posts, but it takes too long to find them.
As a result, I get frustrated with the process and leave an author’s profile page, not knowing if I read their latest post or not.
I see the little number hover above Sally’s profile picture on my mobile Medium app.
Cool. Sally has a new post.
I click on Sally’s picture to see her latest post.
The first post appears. It’s from three months ago. I read it already. I scroll down and see another article that I read a month ago. …