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You Need to Give Yourself a Raise

The only good thing about working for a boss who doesn’t compensate you fairly is that you can leave. If you’ve made a convincing case for why you should be promoted or given a raise, and been turned down (repeatedly), you are well within your...

You’ll Never Get Paid What You’re Worth (and That’s OK)

You and I have fallen under the sway of a misled idea: that in order to advance our careers, we must persuade people to recognize our worth and then convince them to pay it. When negotiating salary or figuring out what to charge for a service,...

Don’t Have “The Talk”—Yet

Why you shouldn’t negotiate your relationship

Is Your 9-to-5 Turning You Into the Walking Dead?

What really amazes me about “The Walking Dead” isn’t that people survive in a postapocalyptic world, but that they want to. The laundry alone looks exhausting. And yet while you’re not (currently) surrounded by a hungry herd of reanimated...

Why Saying No is Critical to Your Success

We’re all enlightened and intelligent enough to understand what we have a right to and what we shouldn’t settle for. We feel comfortable declaring things like: No, I will not be treated as a second-class citizen. No, I will not accept unequal...

Is This Where You Thought You’d Be? Take the 10-Year Test

Picture this: You wake up (perhaps from a minor head injury or a very deep sleep) and forget everything from the past 10 years. In your world, it’s 2004: George W. has won a second term; Martha Stewart has been convicted; Apple just introduced the...

Why You Need to Embrace the Haters

Not too long ago, haters were the domain of the rich and famous — or at least, anyone with a sizeable platform. In fact, it was basically a celebrity tax: you want attention, get ready for vitriol.  But now it very much is our problem. Because...

Create a Career You Actually Want

When I was working on my MFA at Emerson College, I looked at every person with a writing career the way some women in their 30s look at babies: Oh, look at that one! And, I want my own! I was in my 20s at the time, but I wasn’t dreaming about...

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