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Sweet Jobs

I want a job on 5th avenue that allows me to bear fruit every time I roll up.

I want a sweet job like Steve Jobs, sweeter than a granny smith apple

I want an M&M job that gives me meaning and money

I want a job where I ask for s’more instead of feeling burned out

I want a job where they call me lemon head because I like making lemonade out of lemons

I want a job where I can be nerd and still get the pay day I deserve

I want a job where I can do what I think, not where my boss says do what ice cream (I scream)

I want a job where I can snicker and laffy taffy without getting my jaw broken

I want a job where I can get a waifer (waiver) if I want to come in now or later

I want a job that goes against the grain but still respects my health

I want a kit kat job where I could work for 9 lives without a break

I want a tic tac job that’s a breath of fresh air and brings me almond joy

I don’t just want to be a dot, I want to be monu-mentos (monumental)

I want to work with smarties so I don’t have to worry about Reese’s pieces

I want a job that pays me double mints instead of junior mints

I want a job that treats me like I’m at the Ritz even when I’m in a crunch or a sour patch

I want a job with a colleague named Tootsie who sends me notes with Hershey Kisses on them

I want a job where i can kick it with slim Jim, mike & Ike after work while watching baby Ruth play baseball

I’m just a jolly rancher trying to make cash-ews like Planter’s

I want to savor life not just become a life saver waiting on retire-mint

so I’m leaving earth to work on mars because it seems like I’m cotton candy (caught in candy)

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Well-Being by Tom Rath

Did you know that most heart attacks occur on Monday? Wonder why? It’s because of work. Our career well-being has a huge impact on every other aspect of our well-being. I knew this intuitively, but I didn’t have statistical evidence until I read Well Being by Tom Rath, who also authored StrengthsFidner 2.0 which is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s a quick read that goes through the five essential elements of well-being which include: career, social, financial, physical, and community.

Some interesting statistics from the book include:
– people who are well in career are twice as likely to be well in other 4 ares
– engagement chart on page 20
– bad boss leads to 24% increase in likelihood of heart problems
– George Gallup (The Secrets of a Long Life) interviewed men who live to be over 90 and average retire age was 80, 93% great satisfaction from career, and 83% having fun
– Most people perceive their occupation as being a detriment to their overall wellbeing. Yet when we started to look back through Gallup’s historical research on this topic, Jim uncovered a book and research study that was written in 1960 by Dr. George Gallup called The Secrets of a Long Life. Dr. Gallup studied people who lived to be 95 years and older, and one of the things they had in common is the fact that they didn’t retire at age 55 or 60 — they kept working until they were 85 or 90 years old. And they said they had fun doing what they were doing in their jobs every day.

Find out more about the book here when you get a chance.

Blog, Career Visioning, Graduate, Leaving A Legacy, Professional

4 Ways To Leave Your Legacy

Most people say they want to leave some sort of legacy in life. Even if they don’t say it, there is usually some sort of desire. We all want to be remembered because being remembered means that our lives had meaning and significance to someone other than ourselves. Some people call this eternal life, living on posthumously through something you created or left behind. The sad thing is most people don’t leave a legacy. And then there is another large group that get remembered through occasional visits to their tombstone and materials left in their will (i.e. money, house, etc) which ultimately deplete.

Many spiritual teachers’ such as Jesus, Confucius, La0 Tzu, and Buddha have left legacies that lasted milennia. Many inventors have left legacies that have lasted centuries like Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone or the Wright Brothers and the airplane. Artists of all types like Leonardo Davinci also leave legacies that last centuries. Some entrepreneurs and civic leaders tend to leave legacies that last decades or centuries as well. Below are four ways that you can consider leaving a legacy through some sort of vehicle or body. The higher your personal velocity during life is, the further your legacy will carry on after your engine conks out.

1. Baby bodies: How great a parent are you committed to being?

This is perhaps the easiest way to leave a legacy because almost anyone can have a child. We know that if we have kids and then they have kids, etc, etc, then our name will live on. In essence, we’re all a part of someone’s legacy biologically, but simply having kids limits your legacy to your family when your sphere of influence could actually be wider. The risk one takes to make a child is low, therefore the impact isn’t guaranteed to be great. The dilemma here is that some people think they have to give up on their non-biological legacy to ensure that their kid can leave a legacy, but we all have a legacy to leave whether we have kids or not.

2. Body of work: What are you creating that could impact the world for decades or centuries?

Musicians, artists, filmmakers, actors, authors, athletes, inventors, and others leave legacies through bodies of work. They leave behind music, paintings, films, books, inventions, and more. The risk one takes to make a living doing what they love—overcoming the predominant rumors of “the starving artist”—is great and not everyone makes it. But those who push the envelope and challenge the assumptions, limitations, and status quo of their field, industry, or genre usually aren’t forgotten because of their boldness and innovation. Examples include Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, Edgar Allen Poe, George Washington Carver, Ben Franklin, and more.

3. Institutional body: What spaces are you creating to empower other people?

Entrepreneurs, spiritual and civic leaders, and educational pioneers fit here. They create companies, non-profits, governments, religions, colleges, universities, associations, and systems. The difference between a body of work and an institutional body is that an institutional body creates space for other people to grow and develop whereas a body of work typically comes from an individual. The risk of creating an institutional body includes all of the risk associated with creating a body of work in addition to financing buildings, supporting other people, and push back from existing institutions that yours may threaten. Once they grow from their cultish state to impacting overall culture, they are integrated in fabric of society. However, unless institutions evolve beyond their founder’s original vision and stay relevant to the times, they can become hollow buildings with no purpose except to keep going for the sake of continuing to go.

4. Body in service: What cause are you willing to die for?

Martyrs, soldiers, and servants to society give their bodies in service and they are remembered for their selfless sacrifice moreso than something they created and left behind. The legacies of those assassinated in the 1960s will live on, not just because they were assassinated, but the beliefs and principles that publicly stood for so strongly that caused their assassinations. And then there are servants to society like soldiers and those doing Mother Theresa-like work giving up their lives and worldly possessions to ensure that the forgotten members of society are loved and supported.