Is Money all that Really Matters?

23 06 2015

money

Disclaimer: This is purely a metaphoric article asking you to think about money differently. Everyone’s situation is different, and there are no cookie cutter solutions.

Today’s day and age is a dynamic playing field filled with struggles that earlier generations have not had to deal with. The lower paying job markets, the coupon culture and the “give me” generation has all culminated to create a disastrous world for young professionals, newly married couples and early 30’s persons trying to build a future.

Our grandparents had it right. They focused on two things: Work and Family. The majority of the families from 1940-1980 were based upon single income households. Single persons oftentimes worked to build self-sufficient lifestyles, Read the rest of this entry »





Separate Yourself from Others In your Industry

17 03 2015

Jobs are hard to find.

There, I said it.

Finding a job in an industry that you actually “want” to work in is one of the most difficult aspects of today’s professional market. There are people far “over-qualified” for the specific job they are currently filling, and there are 1000 other candidates just like you scouring the pages of LinkedIn, Monster.com and Jobs.com looking for the next big break. The most difficult aspect of job searching is that if “you” happened to find a great looking job, “they” have found it as well.

In this day and age, everyone has to be a marketer. You may not necessarily be marketing a “good” or a “service,” but Read the rest of this entry »





Respecting Your Professional Boundaries

23 02 2015

Currently, I am studying for an upper level accreditation test through a specifically popular fitness program. Throughout the study guide, it repeatedly asks the test takers to understand the “Scope of Professionalism,” and how to act in accordance of such.

I like to call this the “That’s above my pay-grade” rule.

As young professionals working in any career, it’s often times hard to give-in and accept that we do not have the answer, especially when finding the answer oftentimes require us to swallow our own humility and ask our supervisors for an answer or help.

The funny thing about this is that a lot of jobs focus on the “ask forgiveness” rule – which essentially means, “handle it yourself and then we will figure out if you did the right thing later.”  More times than not, this is an outstanding way for entry and mid-level professionals to learn how and when to handle, sometimes, delicate situations.  Under certain premises, however, Read the rest of this entry »





Creating Longevity in Your Career

18 02 2015

One of the most frustrating times in a recent college graduate’s life (or even someone forced to make a career change) is when they are tasked with finding the perfect entry level position for a career within their field. One of the more difficult things that people encounter then searching for their first “Big Time” job, is the harsh reality that the salary they were expecting to make right out of college is, in fact, not going to happen. Seriously, it won’t.

I remember applying to jobs when I was still a college senior, in my spring semester (weeks before graduating), and specifically NOT applying to entry level positions. It was like I had this feeling that since I had a college degree, that I was “better” than entry level.

There was a great article that came out a few years ago out “our” generation, Millennials, (if you are 20-30 right now) and the way we look at careers. (To paraphrase the article a bit): We saw our parents and grandparents enjoy great wealth throughout their careers, Read the rest of this entry »





Top 3 Non-“CrossFit” Training Shoes, Perfect for “CrossFit” Athletes

16 02 2015

Back in the day when I started CrossFit, people wore one of two types of shoes:

1. Running Shoes (Specifically Nike Frees)
2. Converse Chuck Taylors

Matt Chan rocking some Converse CTAS at the 2010 CF Games. Photo courtesy of Games.CrossFit.com

Matt Chan rocking some Converse CTAS at the 2010 CF Games. Photo courtesy of Games.CrossFit.com

Back in the old CrossFit.com videos of years past, Chris Spealer, Matt Chan and Chuck Carswell would never be seen without their Converse on. Maybe it was their way of sticking it to the “man” and letting the fitness world know, “just like you don’t need treadmills and lat-pull-down machines to get fit, you don’t need $130 shoes either.” It may also have been the fact that the dudes from Westside Barbell had been wearing Chuck Taylors to set world records in Squats and Deadlifts (the building block movements of CrossFit) for decades, and the early adapters of the CF program took notice. Whatever the reasoning was, Converse ruled the CF footwear game for nearly a decade before Reebok entered the CF shoe market, and I still believe their is validity to the reasoning why.

Fast forward a few years to an interview with Brian MacKenzie, founder of CrossFit Endurance. McKenzie, a California dude that loved his skate shoes, who would immediately take his clients Read the rest of this entry »





Transitioning into Life

2 05 2011

Graduating from college was one of the most liberating, exciting and yet disappointing times in my life.

Before I go any further, let me set the record straight. I’m glad that I never took a “victory lap” or changed my major so that I could have graduated with a minor, or something more “marketable” under my belt; but I do look back on some things with a the classic, “I would have done this…”

For those of you who knew me back in High School, the fact that I graduated from a great college, and even managed to pull off a couple of above 3.5 GPA semesters seems unbelievable
, and to me, it has been my greatest accomplishment.  However, no matter how well Read the rest of this entry »





The “Fly Fishing” Method

23 03 2011

First off, I would like to thank everyone that took the time to sit down and read my post about the “Deep Sea Fishing” method of job searching. It is my goal to reach out and shed fresh light on job hunting, and hopefully, by sharing my experiences of what has worked well for me, I am able to help you achieve your goals of employment as well!

Now, on to my second, and most successful, method of job searching: the artistic method that I like to call the “Fly Fishing” approach.

Much like actual fly fishing, this approach takes practice, patience and a clear objective when deciding how to tackle your job search.  Unlike the “Deep Sea Fishing” method, the “Fly Fishing”
method has to be very calculated.

The first step in this approach is to pin-point exactly what you are trying to achieve. Do not focus all of your time on sending out as many resumes as possible, because you only need Read the rest of this entry »