The weekend is here at last! As always, here is your roundup of the best of the week that was. This week: unleash your inner entrepreneur within the bureaucracy of your company, beware of creative resistance from within and learn to handle the worst behavior on the part of others.
This is fantastic – one of the best career-advancement pieces I’ve seen in a few months. Lauren Berger shows you how to be an entrepreneur within a large company and the insights are invaluable, especially for those in Gen Y and Z who don’t see how their creative energies can be appreciated by the corporate machine. Tips like mastering your day job and being informed seem straightforward but they also tend to be the first things to slip and – as Berger points out – who’s going to take you and your ideas seriously when you can’t get your everyday duties right? Other pointers, like considering the view of your boss and his or her allies, round out a great article that will help you see yourself as something more than just another cog in the machine.
Steven Pressfield pauses to consider why he is writing his blog and why anybody would be reading it. It’s the first in what will become a series of posts and his ideas seem to mirror my own in many ways. Central to his thesis is the phrase “the rightful lord and owner of his own person”, which is taken from an oration delivered by Pericles in ancient Athens. Pressfield dives deep here, determining that this idea of autonomy relates to freedom from resistance both external and internal, making self-actualization the ultimate goal. It resonated with me because the ideas correlate with my aim for this website. It’ll resonate with you because it will remind you of your freedom to act.
Do you know a few people who have irritating habits? A coworker who chews with their mouth open or a friend who helps themselves to bites of your dinner? You may have a social allergy, according to Dr. Michael Cunningham. He suggests that such behaviors fall into four categories according to how impersonal/personal and unintentional/intentional the behaviour is. As with most cases involving the behavior of others, though, the problem (and solution) might come back to your own attitude.
Rupert and I are reading: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
Have a great weekend!