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Quit Your Job to Pursue Your Side Hustle? Shark Tank’s Daymond John Weighs In

shark tank logoAs media folks, there’s no denying it…we’re creative beings!

It’s not uncommon to talk to a colleague who works in editorial and writes his or her novel in the early hours of the morning. Or maybe you have a friend in sales who is launching her start-up e-commerce site on the side. Or maybe you’re a copywriter and you’re burning the midnight oil sewing clothing for your new line of puppy products.

It’s the American dream, right? Building something from scratch with your own two hands, something to call your own, something that can hopefully make bank someday.

Well, next comes the million-dollar question. When is the precise time to leave that day job to pursue your passion wholeheartedly?

We caught up with Daymond John at the Shark Tank season six premiere party on Friday night. According to this shark, the time is right when “the business starts to call you.” Read more

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Derek Jeter Launches Simon & Schuster Imprint; Lessons Learned From the All-Star

baseballHere in New York City it’s been a major love fest for beloved Yankee, our captain Derek Jeter.

While all eyes are focused on accolades and wrapping up his baseball career, he’s already launched his very own children’s imprint at Simon & Schuster. The first book, The Contract, was released yesterday.

We were avoiding writing a trite “lessons learned from Derek Jeter’s career” blog post featuring tenacity, respect, dignity and class (yes, we’re die-hard fans but wanted to avoid that type of potentially cringeworthy post) but after hearing about the imprint, Jeter Publishing, in New York magazine we simply have to highlight ways we can learn from his career management. Read more

Joe Cross Shares Content Tips: ‘If Your Content is Good, It Will Get Seen’

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Here’s the thing. So many of us are toiling away at day jobs with the dream of writing the great American novel at night. Or maybe you’re hoping to get more followers on your YouTube channel so you can stop juggling four freelance jobs and focus on just one or two.

Or maybe it’s a straightforward scenario: you don’t have a side job but you’re incredibly focused on your day job and getting content out there.

Whatever the case, one thing’s in common for sure: We’re all pretty darn passionate about the content we’re creating. That’s why Joe Cross says, “If your content is good, it will get seen.” Read more

Lessons in What Not to Do: Reporter Resigns On-Air, Drops F-Bomb

We have to take a lesson from a reporter in Alaska on what not to do. Let’s vow to never resign like this, okay?

Not only did she drop the F-bomb on-air, she also revealed she’s the founder of an organization connecting Alaskans in need of medical marijuana to people who already have pot.

Kudos to the anchor for pulling it together. She seemed flustered at first but wouldn’t you be, too?

Communications Executive Resigns After Background Check Uncovers Red Flag

truthHere’s the deal: It always pays to tell the truth. Always.

Such was the case this week when David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s vice president of communications, admitted a snafu discovered during his background check was indeed correct.

“I was 100 percent transparent,” says Tovar after a third-party company red flagged his education based on a degree he never completed.

Even though he worked for the retail giant for eight years, prior to being promoted to senior vice president, he went under an assessment as part of protocol. Read more

Survey Shows Nearly One-Tenth of Employees Go to Work High

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new Mashable survey, almost ten percent of American workers show up to the office high on weed. We should add the survey wasn’t very large with a total of 534 participants as Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug habits as they relate to the workplace.

There was a spike in numbers of prescription drug takers. That number of people taking prescribed drugs and then going to work hovered around 28 percent. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Office People

charityThis piece on Inc. put a spring in our step! While you can’t account for your colleagues’ behavior when they’re in bad moods, you can account for your own.

Considering you’ll frequently get back what you give, imagine smiling at someone as you walk down the hall instead of scowling at them.

Per the piece, here are a few ways to boost that happiness quotient at work. Read more

TV Executive Dishes When to Resign: ‘Am I Learning?’

successThe following interview in The Wall Street Journal really struck a chord. Courteney Monroe, chief executive of National Geographic Channels, previously worked in marketing at HBO for 13 years.

When is the right time to leave a job? If you’re not learning, if you’re not challenged, if you’re not still making a difference — all answers point to moving on. Mentioning it’s an easy to stay somewhere too long, Monroe highlighted that you have to actively manage your career to avoid settling into that rut. Read more

Co-author of ‘Rising Above a Toxic Workplace’ Shares Survival Tips

isolated at workHisssssssss.

That’s the sound a toxic colleague makes when you’re in his or her presence. Sometimes it’s not so overt but regardless, you still have to work with this person to the point where their abnormal behavior becomes normal and then you get sucked into an abyss of a dysfunctional environment.

Dr. Paul White, co-author of Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment, provides us with some exclusive tips to deal with them.

1. Don’t expect them to respond “normally.” When you’re dealing with someone who is abnormal, their reaction to you will likely be consistent. Yes, as in abnormal, too.

Dr. White explains, “No matter what you do, you may find yourself blamed or second-guessed or told you did the worst possible thing when you actually did something good.” The sane approach, he says, is to give up expectations of getting healthy responses. Read more

Study Shows Majority of Employers Not Prepared for Future Objectives

workplace bullyHappy Friday one and all! Thanks for being here. As you know from our posts, we try to be upbeat! Optimistic! Insightful!

But alas, we need to call it like we see it and this new study by Oxford Economics and SAP is a prime example. In fact, just yesterday SAP released it during their SuccessConnect conference.

They surveyed 2,700 executives and 2,700 employees worldwide and discovered two-thirds of businesses will not have made strides in order to build a workforce to meet their future business objectives. Two-thirds!

The main culprit? Misunderstandings between management and employees regarding workplace priorities. Read more

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