The Key to Your Personal and Professional Success in 2016

Why Sous Vide? — Consistency

“Consistency is far better than moments of greatness.” –Scott Ginsberg

There’s this blogger I follow on Facebook. I follow a lot of bloggers.

He posted a status last night. “Just an update about the blog for this past year! I had over 700,000 visitors. I had almost 30,000 views on my biggest day! Thanks for all the love!” Something like that.

The post had already gotten dozens of likes by the time I saw it. I scrolled through the comments. “Congratulations! What’s the one key to blogging success you can share with us??”

He wrote back:

“Find your niche, and be consistent with quality content.”

I spent the next hour torturing myself over this line. [Read more…]

Interview With an Addict: Why Resolutions Don’t Work

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Robin is a friend of mine, from church (I’ve changed his name to keep his anonymity). We’ve known each other for almost 4 years. He doesn’t tell most people this, but he’s a recovering drug addict.

He has nearly 4 years of sobriety. He’s been working through a 12-step program for drug addiction; he has a sponsor, and he sponsors others himself. He’s changed from being a drug addict to a healthy, happy, and healed person.

I asked Robin if I could pick his brain on the similarities between getting sober and maintaining new year’s resolutions. Both are admirable goals; but how is it that people like Robin can become sober from the most addictive drugs in the world, yet most individuals who earnestly and eagerly set New Year’s resolutions can’t seem to stick with them for more than a month?

Here’s what he said. [Read more…]

Why Quiche is the Answer to Your Unfulfillment

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I don’t know what quiche is.

When I had this blog idea, I had to Google how to spell it. I typed in something like “K-E-I-C-H…E?”

I mean, I kinda know what it is. Sorta. It’s made of eggs, right? And green, gross stuff? Yeah, that’s right. It’s like an egg pie.

Sounds awful. [Read more…]

I Really Don’t Want to Go to Physical Therapy

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I went to the dentist today. I hate the dentist. hatehatehatehateHATE

They always make me feel like my teeth haven’t been brushed since they last dissected, poked, prodded, and harassed me mouth with pointy needles. “You really need to floss, these teeth do not look good at all” they scold me.

I don’t leave the dentist feeling refreshed. I don’t leave feeling good about my teeth. I go into the dentist expecting an emotional (and physical) MMA cage match against the sharp words and sharper drills of my dentist.

How about this guy just gets a new dentist, huh? Geez. What a wimp. [Read more…]

Why I Write When I Don’t Want to Write

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I haven’t wanted to write for many months.

“I’ve lost the spark!” I would cry out, defending myself. “It’s tedious! I have nothing to say. I’m tapped out. Done. There are a million better blogs on life in your 20’s out there, and they’re full of interesting, better writing than mine. So it’s just as well.”

Ugh, the thought of posting “publish” again was nauseating. No one reads my blogs, I tell myself. No one shares it on social media. No one can even be bothered to stay on my blog post for longer than 2.3 seconds, according to my analytics page. [Read more…]

My Inspiration is Gone and I’m Depressingly Unfulfilled

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I mean, I don’t know.

Nearly 3 years ago, StuffGradsLike started as a Twitter account. There was no website, no blogs, no nothin’. Just some dumb thoughts about post-college life I thought were clever.

Then, it began to build momentum. I started a WordPress blog, and I wanted to write. I wanted to write about post-college life, and to help college graduates who were struggling. I had struggled – miraculously, I landed a full-time job as a writer with my English degree. I had also recently taken the famous personality test, StrengthsFinder. My results said that I would be a great fit for teaching, counseling, coaching, and mentoring types of jobs. [Read more…]

Final Results for StuffGradsLike’s Survey!

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Here are the results from the StuffGradsLike survey!

First of all, thank you so much if you took time to complete the survey – there were dozens of you! This data has given us a ton of insight about what topics you’d most like to read about on StuffGradsLike.

Here are the survey highlights:

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The Bread and Butter Tactics for Getting a Job After College

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1. Spotless Resume (I hate this one) [Read more…]

The 3 Smartest Things I’ve Done In My 20s So Far

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1. Personal counseling

There are few things I call “priceless.” Going to counseling in my 20s is one of those things. [Read more…]

The Brilliant Words of My Friend’s Drunk Friend That College Grads Need to Hear

The bar's jumping at Local 44“Well? Do you like your job??”

I was at a bar the other night with my wife and some friends. I met a friend of a friend, and we were talking over the crowd watching the March Madness games. I could tell he had finished a few beers (well, probably more than a few) already.

We were at a bar – I wasn’t planning on getting deeper than usual surface level bar-talk. But I thought about his question for a moment, and I decided to give him the honest answer.

“Actually, no – I don’t really like what I do. I mean, it’s alright – but it’s definitely not something I want to be doing for much longer. You know?” [Read more…]

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