Be your own beatbox.

UPDATED y’all! (4/26/13)

My carpool buddy and I have developed some life/work rules. We always forget them, so I thought I’d post them and update them as needed.

Never come with problems. Always come with solutions. My first real boss told me this, and it is the best advice I ever got.

Don’t be an jerk. This includes straight-up in your face jerks, passive aggressive jerks, smack-talking scheming jerks, etc. If you are a good person, folks will want to be your friend and/or work with you.

Do your own time. Don’t compare yourself with others or get mixed up in their drama. Set goals based on your aspirations and work towards them. This is your life, so live it as you. Do your own time.

Always hustle. Work hard. In my experience folks will happily assist you, stand up for you, and collaborate with you  if they trust you will work hard and give the best you’ve got.

Keep it cool. Every workplace has its horrible managers, gossipy coworkers, etc. It is fine to daydream about the destruction of their professional or personal lives (hahah…just kidding…well, kind of), but when in meetings or in public, always keep it cool. Keep it professional.

Be your own beatbox – all you need to be is you. My acting teacher in college used to always say this…when acting in a scene he could tell when we were trying too hard or not being authentic. No one likes posers or rhyme biters. Be your own beatbox. Speak in your own voice.

Car grin.

Sometimes folks get so wrapped up in finding a job, keeping a job, growing in a job, or defining themselves by their job that they forget about who they are “job free”.

Today was one of those job free days for me. I had lunch with some friends, saw a movie, and laughed harder than I have in a long time. The weather was gorgeous…over 65 degrees on a January afternoon. Driving home, windows down, this song came on the radio…and I took the long way home so I could hear the whole thing…and had serious “car grin”.[ Have you ever been at a stop light, looked to the left, and the dude in the car next to you is grinin’ from ear to ear for no obvious reason? Car grin.]

Don’t forget you are who you are regardless of your job situation. Don’t forget to roll down the car windows and turn up the radio on sunny days, dance in the kitchen when something tastes extra good, and laugh loud when with friends. Make time for inspiration and those moments that make you, you. For reals.

Sketchy.

I’ve always been a development nerd…I geeked out about the MBTI in high school, have always read career development books for fun, loved presenting on any topic to any group of people, and over the past few years have had the opportunity to conduct workshops on various professional development topics to great groups of people.

So now I’ve decided to do some writing…well, blogging. This blog is a bit of an experiment…or a sketch I should say…I’m free-styling some lines and shapes, doing some shading here and there.

The goal is to help professionals, specifically young professionals, in planning and managing their careers…and maybe tell a good story or two. I hope to focus on four things:

1. Cover the “career basics”.

2. Share existing resources and work others are doing.

3. Create and share new ideas that can add to an already strong body of resources.

4. Tell a random story every now and then. I love a good story, and I want to practice telling them.

We’ll see what this sketch turns out to be…