Work

Sacrifice Doesn’t Matter Without Results

photo-1482263231623-6121096b0d3f

When I was working at my first job, I never got stuck in rush-hour traffic. I would leave home after the gridlock, and by 4 o’clock, I would be packing my bag early to beat the traffic home.

I maintained this schedule of 6-7 hours per day for years, and nobody questioned me about it for a long time. Firstly, I worked at a client site, so they never raised any eyebrows when I arrived long after everyone else – they just assumed that I had been working from home or at another building in the city.

Secondly, my outputs were immense. I’m not just bragging – my metrics were consistently at the top of the table for my team, so the notion that I was not warming a seat for a full 40 hour week was never on my boss’s radar.

(more…)

Can The Law of Attraction Change Your Life?

photo-1537849244241-351b40016963

The best thing about my first job after graduating was all of the cool things that my client gave away to staff and contractors.

From branded pens, mugs, and the usual office trinkets to old computer equipment and gadgets that my client no longer wanted – if I had a use for it, they’d let me have it.

(more…)

Why The Traditional Office Is Dead

office

It’s Friday evening here in New Zealand, and another work week has just reached the end of the line.

My commuting costs were nil, my conversations with coworkers and managers were limited to the comfortable arms-length of phone calls and email, and no one disrupted my work by demanding that I attend to their needs right now, like some sort of needy toddler.

To this slightly-reclusive introvert, it was bliss.

(more…)

Make Time to Sharpen Your Sword

historical-odtworstwo-904716_960_720.jpg

How would a caveman see the technology that we use today?

When I hit “Publish” on this article, another instalment from the contents of my brain will be available in every corner of the world within seconds.

Better than that, I will have feedback from some of you within an hour – whether it is a like, a comment, or an email.

(more…)

How to Pretend Your Way To Success

man-311326_960_720

It was a crisp autumn morning and I was walking to my client’s building up in the nicer end of the city to begin my first day of the job that I had studied to do for the previous three years.

I had done some menial labour for the last few months with the company that employed me, but a talent void was created within the company when one of the client technicians resigned, and I got pulled into that void.

(more…)

8 Things I Learned From Last Week’s Quake

shield-1768799_960_720

If you have an Internet connection and live on Earth, chances are you heard about New Zealand’s M7.8 earthquake last week. That’s right, little old NZ was in global headlines. But that’s not why I’m writing this post – I’ll leave nationalistic-inferiority-complex bragging to our mainstream media.

I live in Wellington. Not very close the epicentre down south, but I sure felt it. And I’d like to share some things I learned that I will be applying to my personal life.

(more…)

Be the CEO of your Career

business.png

My colleague was raging.

I honestly thought that he was going to pop a blood vessel and give himself a brain bleed or something. He was yelling and swearing and demanding that if someone has something to say, they should say it to his face.

(more…)