Leaving your options open sets you back

When I was trying to get on the national volleyball tour, that was the only thing I was focused on. So eventually, I played professional beach volleyball. When I was trying to get my memoir published, I was focused on...

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Penelope Trunk

founded four startups. Her most recent is Quistic. Her career advice runs in more than 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

    How does an unschooler get into college for science?

    It was easy for me to be anti-curriculum until my son announced he wants a Phd in science. He goes back and forth. It’s been biology, then chemistry, then physics. And back again. But it’s always in an effort to learn…


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...