Could 9/11 ever become a time of celebration?

I was there, at the base of the first tower when it fell. That night I wrote a piece for Time magazine to make sense of what happened. And each year on 9/11 I write again. This year I was...

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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 homeschoolers cut back to a single income

    In my career coaching life I have noticed many patterns that come up over and over again. For example, many women who are 35 and unmarried have commitment issues. Many men who are 45 and want coaching have a family with a…



  • 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...