Bullish: Be A Badass, Not An Intern

Internships are frustrating for everyone. When you’re applying for internships, it can be demoralizing to find out that no one wants your labor even for free. Even though – unless you have rich parents – you will very possibly have to work some second, paying job (folding jeans at the mall!) in addition just in order to be able to…

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Bullish: Kim Boekbinder On Making A Living As An Artist

Musician Kim Boekbinder made news last June when, in response to a show she played for 18 people – netting exactly $12.50, which she spent on whiskey – she announced her new business model: The problem, as I see it, is that we’re living in THE FUTURE (cue theremin!) with ease of communication, downloadable gratification, large networks, and constant information…

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Bullish Turns Two! Ballsy Advice on Work, Life, Men, Money, and Unicorns

In early 2010, I was writing weekly articles for TheGloss about beauty, skin care, and lady-inventions to solve lady-problems. Also, somewhere in the deep recesses of the box in which I keep my old to-do lists was a napkin I scribbled on on an airplane: notes for a book entitled, “How to Make Money Without Becoming a Republican.” I had…

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Bullish: Getting Bullish on Bullies

I know that a lot of us like to pretend to be too cool for mainstream things – for instance, I took a good swipe at Coors Light recently – but it’s hard to deny that Friends was a pretty good show. I remember seeing the episode, “The One with the Bullies” (Googling “Friends Ross hat bully” totally worked), in…

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Bullish Life: Achieve Goals and Glory By Recreating Like a Total F*cking Badass

Did you start finding birthdays rather disappointing once you left for college? All the sudden, having your birthday recognized was not a childhood entitlement but rather a popularity contest. As a grownup, if you’re not dating someone, you’re probably planning your own birthday. If you don’t plan, your friends find out about your birthday on Facebook, at which point they…

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Bullish: Do You Belong In An Institution?

I’ve been thinking a lot about institutions – those who can’t function without them, and those who can’t fit into them. Two things converged for me this past week: I’m working through a training program in executive coaching and considering the difficulties of coaching my clients to function better within large organizations, especially in cases where the clients may not…

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Bullish: Career Killers You Might Not Know Are Killing You

Back when I ran a company, I regularly neglected to respond to anyone whose cover letter began “Dear Sir.” In fact, I did so with glee. Like this: Look at this! Dear Sir! Oh wait, where’s my penis? I do not have one, because I am a lady. It’s not sexist or anything to assume that I am a Sir…

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Bullish: The Nerdy, Reflective Person’s Guide To Networking

I recently began reading the classic networking manual Never Eat Alone. I’m just not that into it. To an introvert, saying Never Eat Alone is like saying Never Go to the Bathroom Alone. The book begins with author Keith Ferazzi’s life story. He came from a modest background, and I appreciated his insights on how to infiltrate the upper classes…

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