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Career Advice: Give

6 Responses
  • Mike
    June 13, 2013

    This is also especially true in today’s job-search (read: networking) realm, where give-and-take is critical, and expected. BE ready to help others in their job-search, just as you expect them to help you in yours.

  • Carl Hoffman
    June 14, 2013

    In my former profession that involved raising money I trained many to be successful. Many not only did not thank me but also stabbed me in the back. I became bitter and experienced burnout. Now I don’t expect anything and I am never disappointed. I think most look after their own self-interests and in the process only hurt themselves because they refuse to cooperate with others. I have lived long enough to see justice because the ones who stabbed me in the back received the consequences of the recent economic downturn because they stayed around too long.

    I want to thank you for your blog. While I do not respond every time I do read every entry and gain insight. I consider you one of my muses. I have read most of your book recommendations. I value your opinion. I recommend James A. Roberts book “Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy.”
    As I approach retirement and scaling my desires back I have found this book helpful.

    I consider myself a giver at work and in my advocation (art). I get an adrenaline rush when people connect and great things happen. My present mission is to help artists. That rush is more important to me than money.

  • Deborah
    June 14, 2013

    Hi Carl, thanks for the kind words. I’m happy that our dialogue continues!

    Looking forward to checking out the book you recommend. You rock!

  • hunter log
    June 14, 2013

    I just want to say how much I enjoy this information. I also like “Career Advice: Give” for the title. I appreciate you sharing this with the rest of us Deborah.

  • Curt U. Obrien
    June 16, 2013

    It is said that there are basically two kinds of people in the world – givers and takers. That is there are people whose dominant characteristic is to give to others. There are also people who are basically takers, always expecting to get or “take” something from others.

  • Yvonne Cleveland
    June 18, 2013


    Part of the issue is regional, part has to do with distractions and part is spiritual. I am trying my best to relocate and one of the reasons is because I don’t like the people here. I am a frequent visitor to Niagara Falls and Burlington, Ont., Atlanta, GA and I’ve recently visited Denver and Boulder, CO, Houston, TX and Charlotte, NC, in all those places there is a common theme with the people–hospitality and politeness! They are glad that you came and are spending money there. I’ve had people encourage me and my husband to relocate to three of those places (Houston doesn’t count because it was my cousins, but still).

    As for the distractions everybody knows what those are.

    Finally, the spiritual stuff. The bible describes in II Timothy 3:1-3, what the end times will look like:

    Evil in the Last Days
    1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.

    I think that sums up what we are experiencing.

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