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It’s on you to make your work suck less

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Since I’ve started writing about young professionalism, I’ve been surprised by how many people have reached out wanting to talk about work.

The dialogue goes something like this: “I’m overwhelmed! I thought WFH would bring some relief, but work continues to consume my life. But hey, we’re young. Work should consume everything, right?”

Work should consume everything?

As if millennials are tragic heroes from Greek mythology cursed by the gods to relive the Sunday scaries week-in and week-out.

The fact is, sometimes work sucks because we let it suck.

I’m a commercial real estate broker, one of the more competitive…


5. An unused guest bedroom in your apartment

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I read Cheryl Strayed’s Wild recently. A memoir about a 26-year-old heartbroken, divorced, recovering heroin user who sought spiritual enlightenment on the Pacific Crest Trail. Like most twentysomethings braving the outdoors for the first time, she was overconfident and didn’t study how to properly pack for a 1,100-mile trek. She dubbed her backpack “monster” because it weighed as much as a small bear and required a sumo squat to get upright.

An annoyed veteran hiker eventually dumped everything on a picnic table and separated the wants from the needs. …


Feel better and get more done in the afternoon

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According to Dan Pink, the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, afternoon fatigue occurs because natural circadian rhythms dictate our periods of alertness throughout the day.

For example, I share a circadian rhythm with a group called the “early birds”. I’m most energized in the early morning between 5:30 am–10:30 am, but my energy falls off a cliff in the afternoon — as if the pistons in my head are running at half speed. It sucks.

Afternoon fatigue used to bother me. I wanted to get stuff done, but my mind and body just wouldn’t allow it…


You don’t have to become the envy of your friends.

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“Why does it always rain on me? Is it because I lied when I was 17?”

-Travis, british soft rock band

A question to all millennials out there: where has our happiness gone?

I get it. We’re a generation crippled by debt, a social media first mover who can’t figure out FOMO, and we demand more from ourselves than the previous generation. For those reasons, I predict the self-help market will explode over the next five years as we seek salvation in books not called the Bible. God knows it’s helped me.

I’m reading a book called Happiness 101 by…


You don’t have bottomless energy

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A recent college grad asked me the other day about good work habits.

I responded with an accurate but unoriginal answer: wake up early, eat healthy foods, don’t stay up late drinking and playing video games.

He appeared satisfied with the answer, but I wish I gave him something with more substance.

Later that night, I put myself in the shoes of a hungry 22-year-old. What would I tell myself If I were the kid asking questions? I kept coming back to one answer: Work less.

Why?

I’m 28 years old. When I look back on the past six years…


It’s not traditional, it’s retro

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“It’s who you know, not what you know.”

The worst catchphrase in business history. But it’s never been more true. That’s the scary part.

According to HubSpot, 85% of positions are filled through networking. CBNC reported that 70% of all jobs are never published publicly. What’s more, 95% of people agree that face-to-face meetings build better business relationships. Even in a world full of social media influencers and followers, the future belongs to those who network and foster genuine relationships.

Here’s why networking is vital to your business endeavors:

  • Fund your business or passion project.
  • Find talent for your business.


How to bring the energy into every room

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Rookie of the Year.

Broker of the Year.

Two awards I’ve won at my commercial real estate firm Colliers International in Columbus, Ohio. I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you because, if you knew me, you’d think it insane.

Commercial real estate is one of the most extroverted careers out there. The best brokers run circles on the phone by day, then have the energy to hit the country’s club happy hour by night.

Me? I’m not those things. I lean toward the introverted side of the scale and often prefer Netflix to a happy hour.

So…


How to not take yourself so seriously.

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It’s summer 2014.

I’m about to knock on a stranger’s front door somewhere in suburbia. I’m sweating my ass off wearing khaki pants and a thick golf shirt with the AEP Energy logo on the right breast pocket. I knock with my right hand while holding a clipboard in my left.

The door opens, then immediately closes. “Sorry, I’m not buying today!”

You know those kids who walk around cul-de-sacs asking for utility bills? That was me, a door-to-door sales intern pitching fixed-rate energy plans to the families of America.

Here’s how it worked: knock on a door, smile, read…


Budgets are overrated

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Personal finances are tricky in your twenties.

We don’t have the experience, we make little money, and most of us are neck high in student loan debt.

And hey, you’re 25 years old, you want to have fun with the money you’re making, right?

In 2019, I woke up and found myself $6,000 in credit card debt. Yes, going broke does feel like something you suddenly wake up to. There’s a famous line from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises when the character Mike is asked how he went bankrupt.

“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.”

Bad habits have a…


2.) Work While The Rest of the World is Asleep

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My first attempt at writing died a horrible, painful death.

Honestly, it’s embarrassing to talk about.

In early 2016, I wanted to become a commercial real estate blogger— a way to develop new business, network, and introduce my writing skills to the universe. I set a target of writing one blog per week and posting on LinkedIn, Instagram, and my website. Easy, right?

Apparently not.

I didn’t know what it meant to be a content writer.

My day resembled the schedule of a C- college student. I rolled out of…

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