Have you ever noticed the phenomenon of the overnight sensation? Suddenly an actor has a starring role in a blockbuster film and becomes famous. A writer signs a huge contract for a debut novel, and people queue up to buy or borrow it. Or an obscure musician releases a chart-topping album and suddenly you can’t escape their songs on the radio. One thing I’ve noticed more and more is that from the perspective of the artist, these sudden successes aren’t sudden at all. Often they come after years of working and making the right connections that lead to the one big shot. The truth is: Overnight success is a myth. Continue reading Seizing the Opportunity: Career Advice from the Boss
I always love finding out that an actor I enjoy on the screen is a nice person in real life. Actor Bill Murray, by all accounts, is the sort of famous dude you want to run into. He’s photobombed engagement pictures, joined people’s karaoke parties, and posed for countless unique fan photos. Bill Murray has enough memorable encounters with the public that there’s even a site, Bill Murray Story, where you can submit your tale of Murray awesomeness. Continue reading Wanna Get Lucky? Be More Like Bill Murray
One blog I follow is the Evil HR Lady, written by Suzanne Lucas. Lucas recently posted a column with some simple strategies for being more aware of career opportunities that might be readily available.
Lucas talks about a recent study where researchers pinned dollar bills to low-hanging tree branches in pedestrian areas and observed whether people noticed and took the money. A surprisingly small number of them saw the money–and even that figure plummeted when the person was on a cell phone. Lucas asks, if we miss an opportunity as money literally dangling from a tree at eye level, what opportunities are we overlooking in our careers? Continue reading Listen for Opportunity’s Knocks