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Happy New Job!

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It's 2020. Do you know where your next job is?

Or are you one of those very special people who love their current job and would never ever thinking of changing? We have a name for people like this. We call them "weirdos."

For everyone else, the idea of a new job or even a totally new career is always simmering right below the surface. What can bring this slow simmer to a boil?

A bright, shiny new year.

If a change in your employment status ranks high on your list of New Year's resolutions, resolve to take a gander at "Thinking About a Job or Career Change? Read This," a recent article by Tim Herrera in The New York Times.

The article starts the ball rolling with a provocative question -- "Are you doing what you actually want to be doing?"

 

Though Herrera admits it is "one of the toughest questions we'll grapple with in our lives," I believe a better question is -- would you do what you are doing if you weren't paid for doing it?

Unless you have some deep-seated need to be hammered on by an overpaid, undereducated louse of a manager, the answer will be "probably not." (If the answer is "absolutely yes," please send me your resume immediately. I've been looking for someone like you for a very long time.)

Assuming a change does seem attractive, Herrera introduces us to Art Markman, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of the book, "Bring Your Brain to Work."

I must confess this title did not appeal to me. On any given workday, you may find me at my desk, but my brain is at home, eating salty snacks and binge-watching "The Politician."

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