A celebration of failed New Year's resolutions

The pressure is mounting for the New Year’s resolutions posts. First is the flurry of pitches from public relations firms that want to get their clients into the press. “Resolve to clean your house more thoroughly!” Then come the academics...

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Penelope Trunk

founded four startups. Her most recent is Quistic. Her career advice has run in 200 newspapers. She lives in Wisconsin and homeschools her sons ...


  • Coaching

    There are three career paths. One will fit you.

    I am reading Miranda July’s  book because she made a great ad for her book. It’s like a little film and after I saw the ad I got upset that I cannot make such good ads for my books. But then I...

  • Careers

    Voices of the defenders of grad school. And me crushing them.

    It’s pretty well established that non-science degrees are not necessary for a job. In fact, the degrees cost you too much money, require too long of a commitment, and do not teach you the real-life skills they promise. Yet, I...

  • Education

    School isolates kids from knowledge of power structures

    My in box is full of links people send me when they have nowhere else to turn in frustration. Some days I think the failings of school are so predictable that I can't believe people even bother to write about…



  • What Gen Yers don't know about themselves

    Now that I'm not the CEO of Brazen Careerist, I don't have to be the national cheerleader for Generation Y. I fantasized about this moment for years: the moment when I'd write the post titled, 10 Things I Hate about...

  • Living up to your potential is BS

    The idea that we somehow have a certain amount of potential that we must live up to is a complete crock. People who say they are not living up to their potential do not understand what living means. Life is...

  • How to pick a career you’ll like

    Most career problems stem from the fact that we are terrible at picking jobs. We think we are picking a good job and then it turns out to be a bad job. It’s almost impossible to pick a good job...

  • Blueprint for a woman's life

    When I drive, I have arguments with people in my head. I think of someone who does not realize how smart I am about what I am smart about, and I go on tirades to show them how misguided they...