Want to Become the Best at What You Do? Read this.

It doesn’t matter how good your strategy is, if you’re not skilled at what you do, that strategy won’t take you very far.

As Jason Fried and DHH have said“Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it’s the swing that matters, not the club. Give Tiger Woods a set of cheap clubs and he’ll still destroy you.”

When you’re confident about what you do and clear about where you’re going, the right strategy will make itself known. Hence, when your “why” is strong, you’ll figure out “how.”

The how comes from the why. Not the other way around.

If you’re looking for how to be successful, you’re going about it all wrong. You’re doing it for the wrong reasons. And you’ll continuously be left searching for the next patch of land to find gold.

What will be left?

An open field of half-dug holes, three feet from gold.

If you know what you want and why you’re doing it, you’re not worried about the “gold.” Your security is internal. You aren’t worried about the outcomes because you already know they are coming.

For you it’s never actually been about the rewards. It’s only and always been about seeing how far you can go. About achieving the impossible. About never stopping.

Take everything external away and you’re still going to continue with the same intensity you always have. Give you everything — fame, money, whatever else — and it wont derail you.

Here’s how to become the best at what you do:

1. Work On Yourself, Not On Your Job

“Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.” — Jim Rohn

Your work is a reflection of you. If you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, stop looking for better strategies.

Instead, look inside.

Are you currently the person who would attract the level of success you seek? Your outer conditions are a reflection of your inner reality. As James Allen has saidYour circumstances reveal you to yourself.

Where you are right now: that’s you.

If you want something different: improve you.

Most people focus on their craft or their “job.” That’s all well and good. However, you’ll get far more bang-for-your-buck by focusing on yourself.

20% of your energy should be devoted to your work.

80% of your energy should be devoted to rest and self-improvement. This is what fuels your work and makes it better than anyone else’s. Self-improvement is more than books and true rest is renewal.

While others are trying to improve their job, you’re continuously improving yourself, expanding your vision, skills, and abilities. This is akin to Stephen R. Covey’s 7th principle: Sharpen your saw. Most people are trying to chop down their tree — their “job” — with a dull saw.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln

Within a short period of time, you’ll have developed true mastery. Everyone else is trying to hone their “craft.” Don’t work on your job. Work on yourself.

When you do, your work will far exceed what other people are painstakingly producing. Your work will be cleaner, clearer, and more powerful because you’ll be more evolved as a person. Most people you’re “competing” against are an inner mess.

2. Consistently Put Yourself Into Situations Others Can Only Dream Of

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” — English Proverb

Your results aren’t a reflection of your talent. Lots of people have talent. Few people, however, are required to rise to a difficult challenge.

Most people never put themselves in demanding situations — situations that humble and scare you.

You need to put yourself into positions that create immense pressure. The kind of pressure that will either make or break you. This is how you purge out your weakness and small-mindedness. It won’t be pretty. But it will change you. And eventually, you’ll rise up. New. Changed. Better.

You need to be taking on challenges that require you to become so much more than you currently are. You need to put your back against the wall so you have no other choice but to produce.

This is how you evolve.

How do you put yourself into these situations? You initiate. You don’t wait for life to come to you. You don’t wait for the “next” opportunity.

You improve your current situation or “job” by providing actual value. You pitch ideas. You ask questions. You try and fail. You take on roles that require greater responsibility.

“Leadership” is available to everyone. You just need to assume a leadership role. You can do that right now, in whatever situation you’re in. You do this enough, and continuously pitch yourself and your ideas, you’ll create opportunities. You then maximize those opportunities and more will come.

Opportunities are like ideas. The more you use them, rather than let them simmer, the more will come. Most people sit on their ideas far too long and they become stale. Similarly, most people sit on their opportunities too long and they stop coming.

3. Don’t Copy Other People. Make Them Copy You.

“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level, you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you.” — Tim Grover

If you’re still mimicking the work of other people, good luck.

If you’re trying to replicate the work and results of other people, what does that say about your own inner compass?

What does that say about your motivations?

Are you just trying to find what’s working?

Are you looking for the “how”?

Do you actually know where you’re going?

If you’re following someone else’s tracks, where do you think those tracks will lead you? To your own destination or to theirs?

And even if you’d be happy with their destination, do you really think you could do it better than them? It’s their path. They’re driven by something deep and internal. You can’t get ahead if you’re always a few steps behind. If you’re always reacting rather than creating.

If you don’t know who you are, you’ll always try to be someone else. And thus, you’ll never be the best. Your work will always be a cheap imitation. It will lack the feeling that produced the work or the idea.

4. Stay In Love With The Process

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” — Norman Schwarzkopf

The process — or the work itself — is all there is. Results come and go. And it’s never been about the results. Success is inevitable.

Success comes easy because it’s the last thing on your mind. You already know it’s going to happen.

The work itself — and becoming better and better at it — is what drives you. It almost doesn’t matter what you’re doing. It’s why you’re doing it that matters.

The “what” can and does take many forms. Don’t over-attach to one role. Whether you’re a leader, writer, athlete, parent, “employee” — the what doesn’t matter. Why you do it and subsequently how you do it is what matters. Hence, how you do anything is how you do everything.

When you are in love with the process, you seek feedback, mentoring, and coaching — even when you’re at the top of your game.

You surround yourself with people who aren’t afraid to tell you the truth. You avoid people who suck-up and only tell you what they think you want to hear. Those aren’t friends. They have an agenda.

Self-transcendence comes from collaborating with others who are driven by a greater and grander vision. When the whole becomes fundamentally different than the sum of its parts. When the work is the reward.

Going beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. Complete openness to the possibilities. Unless you’re continuously improving and working with better people, you’ll never realize this.

When you hone yourself, your work, and you produce — opportunities will come. They won’t help but come. Because you’re a magnet, pulling them in.

5. Never Forget Why You’re Doing This

“So many times it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive”

 SurvivorEye of the Tiger

It blows me away how often I see people throw their value-systems out the door in hopes for quick success.

When I see this happen, I already know these people won’t succeed long-term. They clearly don’t have a “why” — or they forgot it. They don’t have an inner compass. Consequently, they don’t really know where they’re headed. It’s a destructive path.

The moment you start compromising, you won’t stop compromising. As innovation expert, Clayton Christensen, has said:

Many of us have convinced ourselves that we are able to break our own personal rules “just this once.” In our minds, we can justify these small choices. None of those things, when they first happen, feels like a life-changing decision. The marginal costs are almost always low. But each of those decisions can roll up into a much bigger picture, turning you into the kind of person you never wanted to be.

This, unfortunately, is more common than not.

It’s so common, in fact, that it’s almost expected. Hence, few people become the best at what they do. They end up becoming something far less.

Conclusion

Becoming the best is about never being satisfied with what you’ve done. It’s about continually improving who you are.

It’s knowing success will come because you know who you are and what you stand for.

It’s about initiating — continually creating situations that force you to become more than you currently are. Purging yourself of all your imperfections. Evolving.

This is your journey. Take it.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/want-become-best-what-you-do-read-benjamin-hardy-2/

The Importance Of Honesty And Integrity In Business

Why is integrity important in leadership?

Having honesty and integrity in the workplace is one of the most important qualities of great leadership in business and I am going to tell you why…

Integrity In Business And How It Translates To Success

Whenever I hold a strategic planning session, the first value that all the executives agree on is integrity. Leaders know that honesty and integrity are the foundations of leadership. Leaders stand up for what they believe in.

For example, Jon Huntsman, Sr. is a multibillionaire who started a chemical company from scratch and grew it into a $12 billion enterprise. His book, Winners Never Cheat, is filled with stories taken from his own experience in which he steadfastly refused to compromise his principles. Huntsman says that integrity is the reason that he has been as successful as he is.

“There are no moral shortcuts in the game of business or life,” he writes. “There are, basically, three kinds of people, the unsuccessful, the temporarily successful, and those who become and remain successful. The difference is character.”

Great Leaders Never Compromise Their Honesty And Integrity By Cheating

There are many examples of temporary winners who won by cheating. For a number of years, Enron was cited as one of America’s most innovating and daring companies. The CEO of the company knew the most important people in the country, including the President of the United States. Except that Enron’s success was built on lies, and the “winners” who headed the company are case studies in lack of integrity.

Integrity Means Doing The Right Thing Because It’s The Right Thing To Do

Leaders with integrity may not be the most famous or flashy of leaders, and they don’t care. Integrity means doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. And that’s what makes success.

Importance Of Integrity In Giving And Keeping Promises

Leaders keep their promises. They give promises carefully, even reluctantly, but once they have given that promise, they follow through on that promise without fail. And they always tell the truth.

Jack Welch calls it “candor.” He believes that if you are afraid of candor, then you don’t have the guts to be an effective leader. You are going to surround yourself with yes people who will say what you want to hear instead of saying the truth.

Leaders With Integrity Aren’t Afraid Of The Truth

Leaders with integrity is not afraid to face the truth. This is called the reality principle, or “seeing the world as it really is, not as you wish it to be.” It is perhaps the most important principle of leadership and dependent on integrity because it demands truthfulness and honesty. Many companies and organizations fail because they don’t follow the reality principle.

Integrity means telling the truth even if the truth is ugly. Better to be honest than to delude others, because then you are probably deluding yourself, too.

Leaders need to be courageous, but they also need to be open to the idea that they could be wrong. There are many leaders who eventually fail because they refuse to question their own assumptions or conclusions.

“Errant assumptions lie at the root of every failure.” – Alec Mackenzie

There’s a difference between being confident and blind. Let’s face it, in today’s world of rapid change, there is a possibility that you are partially wrong or even completely wrong. Maybe you are not wrong, but just opening yourself to to that possibility is going to make you a more effective leader because it will open your mind to new ideas or new thinking.

Conclusion

There should be no exceptions to honesty and integrity. Integrity is a state of mind and is not situational. If you compromise your integrity in small situations with little consequence, then it becomes very easy to compromise on the small situations.

Leaders with integrity always err on the side of fairness, especially when other people are unfair. As a matter of fact, the true mark of leadership is how fair you can be when other people are treating you unfairly.

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Source: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/leadership-success/importance-of-honesty-integrity-in-business/

Honesty test: lack of integrity is bad for the economy, scientists conclude

An integrity study conducted by Essex University has suggested that an erosion of trust between people can have economic as well as social consequences.

According to the report’s author, Professor Paul Whiteley, an increase in dishonesty is usually accompanied by an economic downturn.

He writes: “Trust is important because it allows individuals to move beyond their own immediate family or communities and engage in co-operative activities with strangers. High level of trust in society help to save on what economists call transaction costs – the price people pay for doing business.

“In a trusting society these costs are likely to be small, since if people give their word that they will do something then generally they can be expected to deliver on that promise. There is no need to draw up elaborate legal contracts to enforce agreements.

“In a non-trusting society, however, things are different and enforcement mechanisms such as formal contracts and courts are required to ensure compliance, and these all make the costs of doing business higher. Clearly, integrity is essential to the building of trust.

“Empirical research suggests that societies in which trust and integrity are strong perform much better on a range of economic and political indicators than societies where they are weak.”

Professor Whiteley also concludes that societies with greater degrees of trust sometimes enjoy better health and education, reduced crime and higher levels of life satisfaction.

He adds: “The corollary of this is that low trust brings pathologies, such as poverty, crime, ill health and unemployment. More recent research shows that trust is equally important in Britain. So a lack of integrity has serious consequences for our society.

“This highlights the need to research integrity and its apparent decline over time. It raises many important issues such as how do people actually define dishonesty? Can individuals genuinely disagree about what honest means in practice? Is honesty all of a piece or is it compartmentalised in people’s lives? –

“In other words can they be honest in one context and dishonest in another?

“How in practice does a lack of integrity influence business, social life and other aspects of society? These and a host of related questions will be subjects for further research in the future.”

Try the “integrity test” as devised by Essex University for yourself. Rate your attitude to each of the following activities with one point if you think it is never justified; two points if you think it is rarely justified; three if you view it as sometimes justified and four if you think it is always justified.

Be honest.

A. Avoiding paying the fare on public transport.

B. Cheating on taxes if you have a chance.

C. Driving faster than the speed limit.

D. Keeping money you found in the street.

E. Lying in your own interests.

F. Not reporting accidental damage you have done to a parked car.

G. Throwing away litter in a public place.

H. Driving under the influence of alcohol.

I. Making up a job application.

J. Buying something you know is stolen.

According to the authors, a score below 10 suggests you are very honest, 11 to 15 means you do not mind bending the rules but are more honest than average, 16 to 20 suggests you are relaxed about the rules and anything more than 21 suggests you do not believe in living by the rules.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9038164/Honesty-test-lack-of-integrity-is-bad-for-the-economy-scientists-conclude.html

A Day in the Life of a Recruiter

Many job seekers often wonder what their recruiter does all day. They have to leave messages for their recruiter and may not get a return call until the next day. Along with the wonder, frustration starts to set in. The popular statement, “There is never enough time in a day,” is a reality for most recruiters. To build a rapport between job seeker and recruiter takes trust. To gain trust, takes time.

The race against time is what will make or break a recruiter. When positions are posted by client employers, there are many recruiters searching at the same time for the right candidate. Sometimes a job opening will be created by an employee who is immediately terminated or who leaves without providing two weeks’ notice. This increases the risk of losing precious time as a result of working around current work schedules for interviews or appropriate start dates.

The next step is to contact candidates who match the criteria of the position as quickly as possible. Delays may happen from leaving messages, e-mails or working around work and personal schedules. Once an employer contacts a recruiter regarding a new opening, the recruiter has to review the details of the opening and confirm permission to submit job seeker profiles. A large percentage of the client employers utilizing outside staffing resources have a specific profile submission checklist of requirements. Any delay on the recruiter’s part in completing profiles could mean the loss of an opportunity.

Candidates are submitted by either fax or e-mail. As a rule of thumb, you never rely on office equipment to get the job done. So, the phone tag process between client employer and recruiter will begin. If a candidate is chosen for phone a interview, then that job seeker is added to become a three way relay of communication to tie down an interview. Previous communication of start dates, request off time, available dates, times available for phone interviews and all means of communication access will alleviate potential time barriers. Additionally, if recruiters are able to leave messages at the job seeker’s current job site, it may save valuable time.

If no immediate candidates are available, the recruiter will start searches for a match and potential new hire. This also will affect timing, as new hire candidates have to complete the recruiting firm’s new candidate requirements before being submitted for positions at the recruiter’s client employers.

All of the above information references the amount of time invested for just one job seeker with one position. Recruiters vary on the maximum amount of job seekers they maintain in their individual database. Take a moment to imagine that if you were going through the described above placement process for an average of 4-5 candidates per week. Factor in all the phone calls, e-mails and paperwork completion involved at various levels, all at the same time. How much of the day is gone and I have not even begun to reach the bottom of the daily to do list?

Recruiters that do contract or temporary placement have the added task of maintaining relationships with the candidates they place on jobs. Relationship building is not something that can be achieved with automated systems. Once you begin with an employee, regular weekly communication to maintain the relationship is important. Employee satisfaction, trust and loyalty are built into the relationship over a period of successful assignments. An average once a week check in call per job seeker will approximately last an average of 15-30 minutes per call.

Additional tasks that may end up on a daily to do list may include: time slips, schedules, contract extensions, housing, insurance, referral calls, paychecks, file compliance, renewals and complaints requiring additional problem solving.

Approximately 50% of these tasks will be pre scheduled in advance and the other 50% will be unplanned and worked into the week as needed. Over communication combined with patience are the top two ingredients for a successful relationship. A “great” recruiter will develop strong relations with their job seekers to the point of knowing their daily routine and what it takes to meet their individual expectations.

If you are curious as to how the above listed activities fit into a 8/10/12 hour day for a recruiter, grab a piece of paper and outline a day in 15 minute increments x 5 days. Start filling in 15 minutes phone calls for a database pool of 25 job seekers allowing some calls a slot of 30 minutes in case you get behind, although you will not be behind all day. Add in time for 4-5 candidates to complete the submission process along with the additional tasks just listed above. Oops! Don’t forget to schedule in there somewhere a lunch hour! To many recruiters, lunch and bathroom breaks are considered a privilege. Some recruiters will even take work with them to their second job or otherwise known as home. Are you able to identify and relate with where the time goes?

To summarize, here are some steps you can take as a job seeker to help busy recruiters to be better able to help you:

1. Give recruiters as many contact options as possible. Providing a phone number you can be reached at during the day – whether it’s an office number, cell phone, etc. – will make it easier for recruiters to coordinate opportunities with you.

2. Be able to quickly provide a recruiter with dates you would be available for in-person interviews. Let the recruiter know the best times for you to do phone interviews.

3. Having a well-written resume available in Word format can also speed up the process of working with recruiters. Often, job seekers’ resumes are not written clearly enough so the recruiter has to re-write the resume before it can be presented to the client employer. Think about it: if the recruiter has to choose between two equally qualified candidates and one has a more presentable resume, which one do you think they’ll choose?

The next time you are unable to immediately speak with your recruiter or waiting for the much anticipated phone call, take a deep breath, smile and remember, “A day in the life of a recruiter.” You might just be amazed at what tomorrow’s perspective may look like.

This article was contributed by Tracy Montgomery, Regional Manager at Alacrity Healthcare Staffing.

Source: https://www.livecareer.com/jobs-tips/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-recruiter

11 surprising things that your physical appearance says about you

Everybody judges.

Within a few seconds of seeing someone — whether on a date or at the grocery store — we decide on numerous things about them, from how smart they are to how likely they are to commit a crime.

Surprisingly, our first impressions can be remarkably accurate in some instances. In others, they can be wildly off base.

Here are a few of the things we determine about people based on how they look.

Thanks to a phenomenon that social psychologists call “the halo effect,” we tend to assume that good-looking people possess other positive qualities aside from their looks, such as intelligence and commitment.

Daniel Hamermesh, a University of Texas at Austin psychologist who studies beauty in the workplace, found that, among other things, this cognitive bias means good-looking people tend to get paid more.

Similarly, in a study of male undergrads who were asked to evaluate an essay written by an unnamed female peer, the participants judged the writer and her work more favorably when they were shown a photo of an attractive woman whom they believed to be the writer, as opposed to when they were shown a photo of an unattractive woman or no photo at all.

People can tell a surprising amount about your personality from your portrait.

In a 2009 study, researchers showed participants the photos of 123 undergrads from the University of Texas at Austin in which the undergrads either were told to have a neutral expression or were allowed to pose however they wanted.

No matter which position the people took, the viewers were better than chance at judging the following: how extroverted they were, how high their self-esteem was, how religious they were, how agreeable they were, and how conscientious they were.

In 2013, a group of psychologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists from Europe and the US had a small group of participants look at portraits of 47 white men and 83 white women and evaluate them first on their height and next on their ability to lead.

The researchers found that people used factors in the photos like gender and face length to make guesses about people’s height and then used these same factors when they judged their leadership qualities. Faces that appeared to belong to taller people were rated as belonging to better leaders.

A small 2013 study by researchers at the Center for Behavior Change at the University College London suggested that men with higher testosterone levels were (not surprisingly) more likely to have wider faces and larger cheekbones. Men with these facial features also tended to have more aggressive or status-driven personalities.

In a 2015 study, scientists showed people photos of 10 different people with five different facial expressions and then asked them to rate how friendly, trustworthy, or strong the photographed person appeared.

Not surprisingly, viewers tended to rank people with a happy expression as more friendly and trustworthy than those with angry expressions. They also tended to rate people with broad faces as stronger.

It’s unclear why some of us appear more trustworthy than others, but this quality may have life-changing consequences. Researchers from Israel and the UK had volunteers look at photos of men and women that had been randomly selected from two photo databases and rate the emotional state, personality traits, and criminal appearance of the people pictured. The first set of photos came from a police mugshot database; the second were controlled photos in which actors had been told to look happy, neutral, or angry.

Regardless of where the photos had come from, people who were rated less trustworthy and more dominant also tended to be seen as criminals. In the controlled photos, angry faces were seen as the most criminal.

For a 2015 study, a pair of University of Toronto psychologists collected photos of real inmates who were, at the time, incarcerated by the Florida Department of Corrections after having been sentenced for first-degree murder. Roughly half were serving life sentences; the other half were awaiting execution.

Then the researchers had a group of participants look at the photos and rate the trustworthiness of the faces pictured on a scale from 1 (not at all trustworthy) to 8 (very trustworthy). Those who were rated as less trustworthy were more likely to be sentenced to death than those who looked more trustworthy.

In the second part of that study, participants looked at photos of people previously convicted of murder but subsequently exonerated, usually on the basis of DNA evidence. In a disturbing twist, people who were rated less trustworthy were still more likely to have been sentenced to death, even though they were later found not guilty. “Facial appearance affects real-world criminal sentencing independently of actual guilt,” the researchers wrote in their paper.

Pruney skin can reveal more than just age — it may also tell us something about how our hearts are doing. A 2012 study compared the number of wrinkles on the faces and upper inner arms of a group of 261 people with long-lived parents to a random group of 253 people the same age. Women with the lowest risk of heart disease were described as looking more than two years younger than their age compared with those with the highest risk of heart disease.

Source” http://www.businessinsider.com/things-your-appearance-says-about-you-2016-7?IR=T/#if-youre-attractive-people-assume-you-have-other-positive-traits-as-well-1

5 Sought-After Careers (That Didn’t Even Exist 10 Years Ago)

The working world has changed. These jobs are driving our economy – but a couple of years ago they weren’t even a thing! Here are the careers that are still in their infancy, but changing the world.

1 Social Media Manager
You can’t manage what doesn’t exist, and 10 years ago, social media didn’t. (How bizarre is that?) Now, almost three-quarters of online adults are on social media in some way or another. The importance of social media has only been recognised in the last couple of years and has brought with it plenty of cool digital careers.

2 Blogger
Though blogs have been around for a while, a few years ago blogging as a profession was pretty much unheard of. It’s extremely difficult to turn your hobby and passion into a lucrative business, but in the past few years some lucky people have successfully managed in a big way. Just look at the Huffington Post!

3 SEO Specialist
Did you know what SEO stood for in 2007? Probably not. Now it’s a term being thrown around no matter what company you work for. An employee who can get a website to the first page of Google’s search results is an invaluable addition to any business.

4 App Designer/Developer
Even though apps rule your life, they weren’t even a thing a couple of years back. (Wait, does MXit count?) Now, apps are basically the reason you own a smartphone. Suddenly, every business wants an app – and designers and developers are more sought-after than ever.

5 Uber Driver
It seems like every second car on the road is an Uber. The company, founded in 2009, has created thousands of job opportunities for people worldwide – just look at South Africa. In fact, it’s become the preferred mode of transport for tons of people living in the city (and it’s only been around for a few  short years!).

Source: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za/career-money/sought-after-careers-didnt-exist

How Cryptocurrency Has Introduced New Careers In Tech

Cryptocurrency has exploded over the past year or two. And while you may have heard friends, relatives, and coworkers talking about Bitcoin, you might not know that it’s creating more than a buzz: it’s creating jobs. From crypto startups to established companies, the job market has never looked so good for blockchain enthusiasts.

Let’s look at the state of the cryptocurrency job market, what kind of work is available, and how to potentially land one of these roles yourself.

Job Trends In Cryptocurrency

According to research from job search site Indeed, job postings mentioning “blockchain”, “bitcoin” or “cryptocurrency” have increased by 621% since November 2015. And supply is growing along with demand: they also report a 1,065% growth in searches for jobs mentioning those three terms.

Some of the companies searching for these skills may surprise you. Uber, eBay, Capital One, Match.com, and GEICO number among the ranks of companies that have searched for and/or contacted candidates who have listed “bitcoin” or “blockchain” in their skillset. Whether this indicates that more widespread adoption of cryptocurrency is on its way or not remains to be seen–but the interest is certainly there.

As with most tech fields, cryptocurrency is a male-dominated field…but women can always seize the opportunity to change that trend while the technology is still in its early days.

What Kinds Of Crypto-Related Jobs Are Out There?

From developers to project managers to miners to data scientists, there’s a broad spectrum of jobs available in the cryptocurrency business. There are even specific job search sites featuring these postings now, such as CryptocurrencyJobs.com. Some roles merely incorporate blockchain technology; others focus on it.

Cryptocurrency analysts design investment strategies. Blockchain developers use blockchain technology to implement solutions for their companies. Mining technicians assemble, run, and maintain the “rigs” that mine cryptocurrencies. There are crypto-focused jobs for traders, sales associates, reporters, DevOps engineers, consultants, technical product managers, and more. Even a few internships are available.

These jobs may entail working with a currency that’s already been built, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum–or they may be an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) project where team members build an entirely new currency using blockchain.

How Do You Get A Cryptocurrency Job?

Obviously, in such a new industry, the specific duties of each role will vary widely between companies–and may even change while you’re actually on the job as the space evolves. Your day will look very different if you’re at an early-stage startup versus a large, publicly-traded company.

The first step is simply being familiar with (and ideally enthusiastic about) cryptocurrency and the technology that powers it. Whether you’ve been investing personally, running your own mining rig, or soaking up information about how blockchain tech works, if you’re going to land a job and dive into doing this 9-5, it’s something you should be passionate about.

Many companies won’t require in-depth knowledge of crypto technology right off the bat; they know it’s a new industry, so they may be willing to train talent on the job. That said, going in with as much knowledge as you can will only increase your chances. Taking a course like Princeton’s Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies on Coursera is a good place to start.

The second piece of the puzzle is simply having a background in the kind of work you want to do. If you want to be a blockchain developer, holding a “normal” developer role first will make you an attractive candidate. If you want to be a cryptocurrency project manager, have project management experience to show.

Debating what kind of company you’d like to work at? According to AngelList, cryptocurrency startups are hiring in record numbers due to the massive amounts of funding they are acquiring. Another cool perk: if you end up working on an ICO, you’ll probably receive some coins as a form of “equity” in the project in addition to your salary.

Bitcoin was invented in 2008, which means it’s coming up on its 10th anniversary next year. Since it doesn’t seem to be going away, now might just be the perfect time to embrace the new career opportunities the crypto world has to offer.

Laurence Bradford is a product manager at Teachable, an EdTech enthusiast, and the creator of Learn to Code With Me, a blog and podcast helping self-taught coders get ahead in their lives + careers.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencebradford/2017/12/18/how-cryptocurrency-has-introduced-new-careers-in-tech/#71d3aae53e79

Gabrielle Union’s Twists Were Once Called “Unprofessional”

2017 is the year when we were finally able to find the perfect foundation match with the help of an app (and also Rihanna), and unlock our iPhones with our faces — among a long list of other advances. Despite all of those gains, though, there’s still one real-life feat that hasn’t been achieved: total freedom for people with natural hair and protective styles to wear their hair at school and at work without backlash.
Thankfully, there’s been some progress — in January, the U.S. Army lifted its ban on dreadlocks and two-strand twists. But the war wages on in Hollywood, and Gabrielle Union is still fighting. The actress and author of We’re Going to Need More Wine revealed that she’s received pushback from producers for wanting to wear her own twists on camera.
2017 is the year when we were finally able to find the perfect foundation match with the help of an app (and also Rihanna), and unlock our iPhones with our faces — among a long list of other advances. Despite all of those gains, though, there’s still one real-life feat that hasn’t been achieved: total freedom for people with natural hair and protective styles to wear their hair at school and at work without backlash.
Thankfully, there’s been some progress — in January, the U.S. Army lifted its ban on dreadlocks and two-strand twists. But the war wages on in Hollywood, and Gabrielle Union is still fighting. The actress and author of We’re Going to Need More Wine revealed that she’s received pushback from producers for wanting to wear her own twists on camera.
“I was doing a project and with the character the producers were coming up with what they wanted to do for her hair,” she said in a recent interview with Byrdie. “And they were like, She’s beautiful, sophisticated, and professional. I was like, Well, I want to wear braids.
She says that the producers then replied, “Well, I mean, she’s beautiful, sophisticated, and corporate America,” So she repeated her request. “Yes and specifically, I want twists. And they went on to say, We just really want her to look more polished. I said, You all really don’t understand what are we talking about here?”
Larry Sims, Union’s longtime hairstylist, has seen these interactions firsthand. “There have been times where she has had to fight for a certain style for certain roles. Her hair always looks professional. The push is more about creative direction,” he tells Refinery29.
Of course, this is something that occurs in print, too. Solange and Lupita Nyong’o have both had their beautiful curls and natural styles Photoshopped out of recent magazine covers. “There’s a larger conversation with people of color when it comes to our hair and our skin color,” Union told Byrdie, in response to these incidents. “People will try to lighten our skin tones and alter our hair, which says a lot of about how we feel about ourselves versus how other people feel about our blackness and textured hair. We need to showcase the fullness of our beauty.”
Union hopes to change the conversation — especially regarding natural hair in the workplace — with her own roles, like the title character of Being Mary Jane. In the series, her character MJ admits that she wears a weave to assimilate at work, wears her hair wrapped, cuts it, and will possibly (and finally) show her true texture during the series finale next year. “We always want to push the envelope and change people’s perspective on what is acceptable,” Sims tells us of the title character’s evolution. “This last season, Mary Jane had an edgy choppy cut. It’s something that you wouldn’t see traditionally from a newscaster. Their hair is usually specific and straight.”
Coincidentally, Union is at a place where she feels ready to do the same as MJ in real life. As she once told us: “I plan on [wearing my natural hair] more often, because I want to show… that as much as I wear weaves and extensions, I’ve been treating my own hair with as much care as possible.”
Source: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/12/183477/gabrielle-union-twists-hair-experience

Here’s How To Deal With Shady Co-Workers in The Office

In a dream world, you get to be the office wifey to at least a handful of people and universally adored by your colleagues. In reality, whilst you may have a few people who have your back when times get tough, or at least a work BFF, you’re bound to butt heads with someone eventually. Nobody can deny it’s awkward when you don’t get along with someone you have to share an office space with for 8 hours a day. How to deal with personality clashes or someone being shady? We’ve got you covered.

1 Don’t be afraid of confrontation

Confrontation is an inevitable part of working, especially with tight deadlines and a high-pressure environment. Don’t completely loose your cool, or you may loose your job, but do be willing to have a constructive conversation with whoever’s trying to stir the pot. Trying to get to the bottom of what’s really going on by having some real talk with a co-worker can help smooth things out. If all else fails, start to consider taking it to management.

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2 Try not to jump to conclusions

If you’re in an office spat, it’s easy to let your imagination run wild. Whether you’ve been subject of workplace gossip or you find out your project manager may or may not like you, don’t be hard on yourself. You can’t control people’s perception of you so try not to internalise unconstructive criticism or office pettiness.

3 Don’t get caught in the feels

It sucks that we can’t just scream and/or ball our eyes out in the office when we need to but there’s not a lot of space for showing your full range of emotions. Especially in male-dominated industries where gender roles and stereotypes are still a part of office culture, women have to fight to be taken seriously and it’s shitty that crying is perceived as a weakness. Try to hold it together until you are in a situation or safe space to let it all out.

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4 Leave the gossip at home

The petty side of us all just wants to dish on some dirt and call-out the haters making life difficult at work. The thing about gossip is it’s bound to get back to you at some point, one way or another. Gossiping at work is a sure-fire way to make you seem immature and unprofessional, even if your feelings are valid. Everyone has to vent, so confide in a trustworthy friend you don’t work with to listen to your woes and keep it moving.

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5 Stay slaying

At the end of the day, you’re working, on your glo up, and making your paper. Be proud of that and remember that not everybody is going to like you and that’s totally okay. Even if someone is being nasty or unnecessary, stay focused on your goals and keep your eye on the prize by being your best self.

Source: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za/career-money/career/heres-how-to-deal-with-shady-co-workers-in-the-office