Bullish: How to Make an Extra $100 a Month, Part I

I once considered writing a book entitled “How to Make $30,000 a Year and Sleep as Late as You Want.” Small, quantified claims are so much more credible than “Make a Million Dollars While You Sleep!”, “The Ten- Minute Workweek,” “7-Minute Abs,” etc. (Now, I’m thinking about “How to Make Six Figures While Loitering in Foreign Coffee Shops.”) So, while…

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Bullish: Productivity Tips for People With Short Attention Spans

Having trouble concentrating long enough to really get things done? There are totally solutions for that. It occurred to me to write this column when I read a friend’s Facebook status update: “Just completed my third pomodoro!” Um … like the pasta? I Googled. It turns out that there is something called the Pomodoro Technique. According to the website, “The…

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How to Quit Your Job With Your Dignity and Career Intact

I’m going to sound like your mother for saying this, but you probably shouldn’t quit your job in a blaze of glory. Blazes of glory don’t buy you groceries two weeks later when radio programs have stopped wanting to have you on the air via telephone and your internet fame has been eclipsed by a video of a zoo animal…

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Bullish: Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity (And How to Get the Good Kind)

People should stop saying “Any publicity is good publicity.” In 1910, William Jennings Bryan used the famous whistle-stop train to campaign for a proposed Constitutional amendment against special interests. That is: to spread a message, he literally spoke out of the back of a train, after which more coal was shoveled into the firebox and they hurried on to the…

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Personality Qualities Way More Important Than Anything on Your Resume (Part II)

In last week’s column, Personality Qualities Way More Important Than Anything on Your Resume, I noted that “An impressive resume is the new high school diploma.” A resume is a formality, it’s background information and you’re in the foreground — if you’re looking for work, you should depend about 20% on your resume and 80% on your skill in pitching…

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Bullish: Maybe You’re Not Actually a Lazy Procrastinator

I have a love/hate relationship with certain “motivational” literature. On the one hand, there are some good ideas, one of which I’m about to recount. On the other hand, the idea that your happiness is entirely dependent on your mental state can keep you from taking action to actually make changes, and in many cases is a way for employers…

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Bullish: How Business Is Like Dating

Business is a lot like dating. Like cold-hearted, competitive dating among people who don’t love each other. In other words, like awful, awful dating. Once upon a time, when I was considering moving to New York, I looked for jobs. A Director of Marketing position was available at a company I’ll call QuixoticIdea.Com. I was an unconventional candidate — I’d…

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