Designing your dream job (pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

Work. That Monday feeling. #TGIF.

For many people, work seems to be a paradoxical thing. Nobody seems to be particularly excited by it, but everybody needs one and will work hard to get one. Soon afterward, they might complain about their job and dream about quitting it, but reality sets in and they’re stuck waiting for Friday again.

Does work really have to be such a turn-off? This month, our authors talked about designing a dream job. Here are some takeaways:

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How we got hired (Pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

It’s crazy to think that, after next week, I would have been working full time for three years. Besides being afforded the opportunity to learn, earn, and go on some wonderful trips, I’ve also grown as a person and have been happy to step into the world of a working adult.

But in order to make it into the working world, I had to go through a number of job application and interview processes. Here are my recollections of those processes, and some important pointers I would like to share on getting hired.

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Design your lives (Pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

Is it ever too late to design your lives? Are we only allowed to travel down a certain path? Or is there an opportunity for us to embark on a new direction whenever we want?

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the answer that Dave and Bill want us to have is “Yes!”. In life design, there’s always another “you” hidden among the various paths of life. Today, let’s look at three paths I could embark on i.e. my Odyssey Plans. Not to worry, they are all legal 🙂

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Living Multiple Lives (Pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

When I was younger, I wanted to be a scientist. I’ve always been a curious child and wanted to understand how “stuff” worked. Maybe I’ll study hard and work at a top research university. Maybe I’ll make a Nobel-worthy breakthrough! Unfortunately, high school science classes came along. I struggled, and that was that.

As a lifelong football fanatic, I’ve also dreamed about becoming a professional footballer. Training for years, playing in the biggest games, and getting a big sports sponsorship – so sweet. Unfortunately, growing up in a part of the world where it’s hard to make it big in football (and also not being extremely good), I resort to playing football as a hobby.

As you can see, these are two different ways my live could have gone. In this month’s chapter, Bill and Dave invite us to start designing our lives. Let’s see how that goes:

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Making Mind Maps (Pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

Confession: I found the title of this blog (and the exercise I did for it) a little weird. Usually, a map is a “fixed” resource. It’s a static source of truth that helps us navigate. But the mind maps that Bill and Dave had us do for this chapter are a free-flowing exercise – one where we can almost “make it up along the way.”

Still, it was quite interesting to try this out. And I was quite happy with the results of the exercise. Here’s how it went down…

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Getting Unstuck (PT 1)

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Booking under: Keith

Ever been stuck on a problem? Of course you have. I know at least I do (at work), which makes this month’s chapter of Designing your life essential reading. As we face various difficulties in our lives, let’s see what Bill and Dave have to say about tackling these issues in our work and living.

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