Career hacks

Year 2 in Review: They Got Acquired, for 2023

February 5, 2024

Here’s what went well and what was challenging in 2023 for They Got Acquired.

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How to Avoid High PayPal Fees: A Lucrative Trick for Freelancers

December 5, 2014

Over the last month, I’ve talked to a handful of freelancers and entrepreneurs who thought there was no way around high PayPal fees. Guess what: there is. And if you’re not using it, you are losing hundreds or thousands of dollars each year. It’s called PayPal Business Payments. If you select this option when invoicing […]

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We Got Married, But I’m Not Changing My Name. Here’s Why

September 9, 2014

We got married! It was awesome, and I’m so happy to be @benlcollins’ life partner. (In case you missed it, here’s the story of how we met.) But unlike most of my girlfriends who have tied the knot in recent years, I’m not changing my name. I thought about writing an essay on this topic, […]

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We’ve Got to Change How We Think About Jobs — That’s Why I Wrote This Book

February 18, 2014

When it comes to making a living, most people believe… A job is a job, and earning a paycheck will never be fun and fulfilling The only way to earn that paycheck is by waiting for someone else to see your potential and give you a job Once you do land a job, the best […]

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It’s Crazy (and Almost Unfair) How Much This One Thing Affects Your Career Success

November 7, 2013

Know what’s even more crucial for your career success now that we’ve transitioned into the wonderful world of digital? Not skills. Not experience. And not networking, although that’s pretty darn important, too. What’s most important, especially in the online realm, is CONFIDENCE. In the digital world, you are who you say you are. (Click to […]

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The Difference Between Learning and Practicing

August 12, 2013

I’m only 30 pages into Josh Kaufman’s book, The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything, but here’s my favorite part so far: learning, he says, isn’t the same thing as skill acquisition. Learning is studying. It’s reading. It’s acquiring knowledge. But if you want to master anything, learning is only the […]

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Work Should Go Around Your Life — Not the Other Way Around

August 6, 2013

It’s strange, this world we live in. You’d think work should go around your life — not the other way around. But too many of us find ourselves slaves to the workday, struggling to fit in exercise or relationships or self-improvement wherever we can. Rather than putting our priorities first, we fit them in around […]

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Why (and How) You Should Invest In Yourself, Not Just Your Employer

July 30, 2013

If there’s one big mistake young people make in their careers, it’s this: they work so hard for their employer that they forget to invest in themselves. Why is that a big mistake? Why does it matter more than ever before? Because in our new digital world of work, all workers are dispensable. Yes, that […]

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It’s Supposed to Hurt

June 3, 2013

Anything worth doing is not easy. Actually, it’s often more than not easy. Sometimes it hurts. Or at least causes discomfort, which a lot of us mistaken for pain. Getting in shape hurts. Running a marathon — even if you’re fit — hurts. But those are both examples of physical pain. And it’s emotional pain […]

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Combining Several Interests Into One Career

May 14, 2013

Have trouble choosing one interest to revolve your job or business around? Want to create a career that involves several of your passions? Emilie Wapnick of Puttylike and Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up have come up with a super idea for those of us cobbling together a career from a variety of interests: […]

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