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16. You snooze, you lose – getting paid for stuff you already know January 25, 2010

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I went scuba diving in the Solomon Islands about 10 years ago in a boat for 16.  We visited a few very remote villages and bartered with the folks there for beautiful carvings.

Children came up to us in awe and we taught them to do High-5’s.  The boys showed off their hunting prowess by shooting arrows into trees.  It was amazing to see life so simple.

I have an incredible scrimshaw that I got for a small bit of cash and 4 D cell batteries.  While a few small islands had running water, many kept a radio for communications, so batteries were a common barter.

After a good haggle for another item, I hemmed and hawed, and the carver just blurted out, “Hey – you snooze you lose!”  We all burst out laughing – where had he heard that term?  Another said, “Opportunity knocks.”  Then we realized that what they learned of the outside world came from visitors like us stopping by every few weeks to barter for carvings and fresh vegetables.  Just like we’d taught the kids to do High-5s.

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9. A different kind of career assessment for adults January 14, 2010

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I mentioned yesterday that I fell into Career Assessment Hell.  But, I *did* find one site from a laundry list of Career Assessments that didn’t send me into fits.  Instead of talking of “transferable skills” and the like, it starts from the beginning (hmmmm, would that be the Moody Blues version or ELP?  Nevermind – songs stuck in my head).

This assessment makes no assumptions about what you’ve already done, but focuses on what you might like to do and be good at doing.

Very refreshing.

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Mini-Point: The Shifting Sands of Life and Work January 12, 2010

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Good article reflecting on lessons learned traveling across the Sahara, and how they can apply to work and life.

We live and work in a mountain-climbing culture.

We want to see the peak, map out a route, and follow it to the top-our metaphors for goal-setting and goal-getting our way through our lives and careers.

Real life, however, often defies this approach. That’s because most of our experiences actually resemble a desert. We get lost or stuck, and even chase the occasional mirage. From raising kids to plotting our careers, we find few clear routes or identifiable peaks.

From Lessons Learned in the Desert by Steve Donahue.