Careers are Long

But remember the hero’s journey: in the long arc of your life, your career is defined by your skills and how you’ve used them.

Your career is NOT: your company, your level, how much money you make, your title, whether you were included in some prestigious group (a company or team, an exclusive conference, a list of N under N, an award recipient, etc.)

Each role you take is a chapter in the story of your career. Sometimes, that chapter ends darkly and unexpectedly, yanking control from your grip. Like in every superhero movie you know, the main character loses something precious.

In those moments, remember that you still get to choose what you take away–the lessons, the relationships, how you walk this valley of loss to emerge stronger, more sure of who you are.

And you choose as well what your next chapter is.

Julie Zhuo

about money

A case for pessimism

“I think there is a real relationship [between the two]: a society that tells people that they can achieve anything will also be a society that very swiftly develops a problem with self-esteem. If everybody expects to achieve everything, you’re going to get an awful lot of people who are feeling that something’s gone dramatically wrong with their lives.”

Alain de Botton

tips to read more

Don’t force yourself to finish an entire book. If you’ve already learned one big thing from it, don’t feel obligated to read all the way to the end.

Don’t stop reading because you disagree with something. Exposing yourself to a diverse array of ideas and opinions is essential for growth.

Keep your ego out of it. Remember that reading isn’t a competition: the goal is self-betterment, not reading more books than someone else.

Re-read books you felt strongly about. Whether you loved them or hated them, read them again and see if you missed anything the first time.


I’m basically ‘stealing’ this post from a 2019’s post from one of my olderst friends on the web. Basically to keep a reminder for myself…