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💭 Today’s tip: Find your 3Cs.

In Forge’s new five-day course, What Should You Really Be Doing With Your Life?, Felicia C. Sullivan shares a brand-building approach to help you ignite your purpose at work: “Taking inventory of your professional assets and achievements is like searching for a favorite sweater buried at the bottom of your closet…the things you love have always been right here.”

Use Sullivan’s worksheet to help you define your 3Cs: your company (you), your customer (your client or boss), and your competition (your peers or co-workers). “This exercise is about more than pulling out your résumé…


This brand-building approach can help you ignite your purpose at work

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This is day three of a five-day course on finding what you’re meant to do. Read our introduction post, day one, and day two.

Today, we’re identifying the skills and tools in your arsenal that you can eventually apply to the job you’re meant to do. You’re laying the foundation for the big questions you’ll answer by the end of the course: What do I want to do? Who do I want to do it for? Why am I the one to do it?

Taking inventory of your professional assets and achievements is like searching for a favorite sweater buried…


Forge Career Course

Today, we’ll focus on time — including all the ways you spend and squander it — to design your ideal day

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This is day one of a five-day course on finding what you’re meant to do. Read our introduction post, which includes an overview of each day.

The writer Zadie Smith once said, “Time is how you spend your love,” and I believe this to be true. Before you start your journey to rediscover your purpose, you’ll need to take a step back and evaluate how you’ve been spending your precious minutes each day.

This means looking at where or with whom you place your energy and how you want to spend your time in the future. Our lives don’t radically…


Here’s what to do with that late-pandemic impulse to make a big change

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Blowing up your life has always seemed like a romantic idea — shrugging off all the things that were weighing you down, wiping your slate clean, actually doing the thing you always kept tucked in the back of your mind. Trying your hand at a job in a totally different industry. Picking up and moving somewhere new, just for the thrill of the change.

Now, there’s a sense going around that those options are feeling more possible than they ever have before: Covid already blew up our lives. Now, the thinking goes, comes the chance to do it ourselves.

A…


Today’s tip: Check out Forge’s new five-day course, What Should You Really Be Doing With Your Life?

The tail end of a global pandemic may not feel like the best time to reinvent your career. We’ve spent the last year in survival mode — just getting through the day is truly a win in itself. But as we emerge from an experience that constantly reminded us of the fragility of life, it’s possible that this is the exact right moment to pause and ask yourself the big questions: Am I doing the work I want to be doing? What…


Forge Career Course

Forge’s 5-day course on finding out what matters most

Illustration: Julia Moburg

The tail end of a global pandemic may not feel like the ideal time to reboot your career. We’ve spent the past year in survival mode — just getting through the day is an accomplishment in itself.

But hear me out: As we emerge from an experience that constantly reminded us of the fragility of life, I believe this is the exact right moment to pause and ask the big questions: Am I doing the work I want to be doing? What truly bolts me out of bed in the morning? …


What to do when your professional career becomes a grind

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Bob stared at his iced tea and grilled salmon salad. A senior partner at a regional investment bank, he earns a very substantial income. He had asked me to lunch “just to catch up,” but I suspected he harbored a more urgent agenda. And here it was.

“Paul, I still have 15 years left until retirement,” he shared solemnly. “I work most weekends, and every morning, I have to drag myself to the office. What am I going to do?”

Since I started my podcast about the connection between money, work, and meaning, I’ve received many emails from people like…


We’re all rethinking work these days

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Chances are, your job has changed in the past year. And it’s not just that we’ve swapped cubicles for kitchen tables, donned protective gear, and adopted Zoom for everything from board meetings to birthday parties. How we think about work — and how we feel about it — has changed, too.

In her newsletter Culture Study, Anne Helen Petersen, whose book Out of Office comes out later this year, writes: “This has been the hardest thing for people who didn’t work from home before the pandemic to visualize: your current WFH scenario is not your future WFH scenario.” She predicts…


By understanding ‘temporal discounting,’ you can learn to make better decisions

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Would you rather have one apple today or two apples tomorrow?

When faced with this choice, you’d likely have to think a bit. You’d start pondering how much you like apples, how hungry you are right now, and what your current refrigerator situation is looking like. But what if I offered you this choice: Would you rather have one apple in a year, or two apples in a year and one day? Now that one is obvious.

The premise is identical: Wait one additional day, and get twice as many apples. So why is it that one of these choices…


There’s power in the inbox

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Most people see email as a strictly transactional tool, using it only when they need something or owe someone something. That’s exactly why you should use it to stand out.

Taking a moment to send these seven emails every week can help you strengthen your connections, stay top of mind as opportunities come up, and learn about industry trends. (Slack messages and texts also work, but I’m into email because most people have their inboxes open all day anyway.) …

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