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Put Yourself Out There

If it feels uncomfortable to be different when applying for a job, that is normal.

Take it as a positive sign.

The more discomfort, the better chance you’ll land an interview.

Put yourself out there and send something creative.

Don’t Follow Your Passion

Don’t start with your passion. Start with mastering your craft.

Cal Newport makes the case in his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love.

“Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter….Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.”

Meme of the Day