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5 Better Things to Spend $50 On This Halloween

Halloween Pumpkins at the field.I love Halloween. I will pay good money to walk through an interactive haunted house where they grab you, put a bag over your head, and make you crawl through a claustrophobic haunted underground maze.

I mean, I freaking love Halloween.

College grads have this fantastical habit of spending money on stupid, stupid things; they also have this predictable way of not paying for things that matter.

Instead of buying that “sexy nurse” costume this weekend (that comes with half the costume for twice the money), buy these 5 things.

1. A Stupid-Comfy Pillow [Read more...]

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Do You Have a “Busy” Life? Or a “Purposeful” Life?

Grand Street: Texting‘The majority prove their worth by keeping busy. A busy life is the nearest thing to a purposeful life. -Eric Hoffer

Life after college is, well…busy.

At least, we try to make it busy.

“Busy” can mean anything from watching all 5 years of Breaking Bad in 2 weeks, or working 50 hours a week. “Busy” is what most of us call the things we do to pass the day, the week, the month. [Read more...]

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The Baby Step to Achieving Big Goals That College Grads Aren’t Taking

First StepsKimi and I go to a kind of “community-group” through our church Tuesday nights. It’s a good place for hanging out, sharing ideas, and being with other newlyweds.

At the end, we were asked about some of the major and significant thing that we wanted, and I didn’t want to tell people what mine was. Somehow, saying “I want to switch into the Career Services department at work” didn’t sound…flashy. Or deep. Or even worth saying. [Read more...]

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Integrity, Deca-Millionaires, and $7 Movie Tickets

3687971867_d0a70fa56c_zLike I said, I got married a month ago. Woo!

Date nights are fun, but once you start paying for your car insurance, data plans ($80 a month? Are you FREAKING kidding me), and paying off student loans, you don’t have a ton of cash for fun stuff. Like movie tickets.

There are a lot of great movies out right now, and I want to go see them. But I don’t want to pay for them.

But hey, I’m willing to compromise. That’s why I suggested to my lovely new wife that we pull out a trick from the middle school days – pay for movie tickets, but sneak in to another movie the same night! [Read more...]

Better to Produce Less-Than-Stellar-Results

…than no results at all.

 

I’m sorry. It’s been forever.

I’ve gotten down on myself, thinking “C’mon, Anthony. No one reads StuffGradsLike anyways.”

But people do! People like you. So I’m sorry it’s been so long.

To recap:

I got married! [Read more...]

Here’s Why You Need to Stop Criticizing, Condemning, and Complaining By the End of the Week

thoughtI criticize all the time. I complain about everything. It’s so easy, it’s like breathing. Only, easier.

I’m in love with it. It makes me feel so good, to think about why my boss is terrible and that it’s not my fault. That, actually, might be my favorite part – deflecting the blame through criticizing and complaining. It was too hard, and I wasn’t trained well. If my boss wasn’t so demanding, I’d be more successful. 

Just about everyone criticizes, condemns, and complains about stuff. Just about every day.

But we need to stop. Immediately. [Read more...]

How to Respond After Someone Calls You Out in Public

AngryI was called out in public today. And I thought, “I should write a blog about this tonight.”

I was at work, and had just gotten off a phone call wherein I successfully got an irritable, annoyed, angry person to laugh, joke, and be more open to buying our product. Anyone who’s ever done sales knows the magnitude of such an event.

Still, my boss, the greatest salesman who ever darkened the doors of my building, came down on me like Thor’s hammer that I didn’t sell her right then and there. He scolded me in front of my team, and had me repeat what I did wrong. [Read more...]

How to Screw FOMO and Make the Party Come to You

3338827402_75f73604b8_zFor a long time, there were the cool kids. And I needed to be there.

I don’t care where I was. Class project, kegger, birthday party. I needed to be with the cool kids. That’s where it was at. No one else was good enough, and it was a waste of time if I had to spend my time with not-as-cool kids.

I still feel the temptation now, as a working college grad.  [Read more...]

Why I Still Blog After 18 Months

KeyboardI’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now.

I started StuffGradsLike in February 2013 after I took some career and strength assessments that all pointed me to be a coach/counselor/mentor.

That, combined with my compassion for all my fellow college graduates with no money/jobs/hopes, I started a blog about it because I’m a decent writer. [Read more...]

The Truth About Full Time Jobs

Joe settling in.In a way, college is a terrible preparation for a full time job.

In college, you can turn in assignments late! If you’re late to work, you get fired.

You can skip class with relatively little consequences! If you skip work, you get fired.

In college, a lot of stuff is paid for, somehow. If you get free lunch at work, you get fired for stealing BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS TO THIEVES.

Here’s the truth about full time jobs.

1. You spend a lot of time thinking about work [Read more...]