Archive for February, 2010

thoughts on recession proof ebook

One of the greatest useful pieces of information I read over the past six months was an ebook by Charlie Hoehn on being a Recession Proof Grad. This ebook is basically the magna carta that should be handed to every recent graduate. It should actually be given to everybody!   His tactic is basically find something you have interest in,  do free work in this area to see if you actually like it, and leverage this time to build a portfolio that will eventually result in your dream job.  Sounds too good to be true? Yes if you feel the world has conspired to make your entire life a struggle. Its an innovative approach to job hunting and probably only seems crazy to people who aren’t willing to hustle.

One of the things he talks about is starting a blog. What are the main benefits that I have taken from it? Blogging helps people understand your thinking, your reasoning.  Sharing information, teaching, and then perhaps through this meeting interesting people.  Also this is the best way for me to improve my writing skills.

If you liked the ebook, check this guys blog too. One of his posts that resonated with me was his reference to a scene in the movie, Dark Knight, involving the Joker talking to Harvey Dent:

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just DO things… I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are.”


watching TV all night long?

coolest library in the world, photo: Andrew Moore

Maybe you should stop watching LOST or a show featuring 20 somethings arguing over a guy or whatever  new mesmerizing show that is on television these days. Your wasting your most precious resource: TIME.

I say this to people who desperately want to get a job, yet argue they have nothing of value to provide to an employer. I wonder why!!  Starting reading useful information. Not just interesting, it has to be useful, that will make you take action. There is a lot of great interesting information out there (the newspaper, most magazines), but that only drains you from whats important. Whats a great resource for useful information? Try the PMBA Reading List. Does the information give you strategies on how to apply it to your situation? Then it is useful! You want to be a writer one day for a company you admire? Maybe start reading all the best books in that industry to have some level of mastery on it.

If a copywriter with 30 years of experience writes a book about magazine advertising, and you buy the book, you can learn in about two days of reading what it took her thirty years to accumulate! How amazing is that?! That is the greatest bargain of all time.

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