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Do the Work, Don’t Find the Answer

A few years ago, a team at Duke University claimed to have discovered a way to match a tumor’s patient-specific DNA to the precise medicine required to cure the disease.  It was considered a watershed moment in cancer research.  That is, until it was scrutinized by third party sources.  What they found was two sets of data.  One set was the patient’s actual data.  The other set was a slightly doctored version of that data.  The formulas and tests only functioned under the false data set.

Whe we are faced with a massive challenge in our careers, perhaps the kind of seemingly insurmountable challenge cancer seems to pose, it is tempting to find the quickest, most glorious route to success.  If you are asked to hire a consultant or a contractor, you hope your hire swoops in and magically resolves all of your problems.  If you are that consultant or contractors, you hope your cape is freshly laundered and ready for heroics.

It wont work that way though.

Do the Work

When you are on a project – self selected or otherwise – do your due dilligence.  Ask all of the questions, research all of the angles, figure out a method of approach.  If you can swing in and fix everything all at once, either the people that hired you should not be in charge or you have done something wrong.

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5 Reminders for Life-Work Balance

When you’re self employed it’s easy to get caught up in the world of business. In your mind, every waking moment can be seen as billable time, time you should spend marketing, time you should spend networking.  You’re more than all of that, though.  The two intermingle but you always must keep in mind that your social life exists outside of the world of business.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t inform your world of business.  Here are some reminders:

The Power of Positive People

Especially when you’re starting off, keeping positive people in your circle will do nothing but benefit you.  Negativity is like a virus.  One person consistently doubting your abilities will soon have you consistently doubting your abilities.  There’s always one person in the group who simply cannot seem to have a positive outlook.

Cut them out immediately.  Social norms say that we just accept people for who they are, but this person is actively becoming a burden to your mental state.  Don’t allow their negativity to bring you down.  Be the bold one that determines your personal goals are too important for the pessimist to affect you.

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