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Is Having Passion Enough for Your Dream Job

Is Having Passion Enough to Get Your Dream Job?

The topics of passion and work often come up together.  In today's culture, many of us are told to "follow our passion" in regards to the pursuit of career success and happiness.  We have been trained and groomed to feel that passion is the basis for career decision making and a critical requirement for ...
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Financial Independence

My Thoughts About FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) – Forget Frugal, Be Savvy!

Retiring at age 30 with enough money to live off of forever?  Why not, sounds great!  This is the basis of the FIRE movement, which is an acronym for Financial Independence and Retire Early. The New American Dream It's a movement and lifestyle that has been quickly sweeping across America and especially gaining traction ...
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Ask Mr. Happy Work - My Boss Said He'll Fire Me if I Get a Second Job

Ask Mr. Happy Work – My Boss Said He’ll Fire Me If I Get a Second Job

Welcome to another edition of "Ask Mr. Happy Work", where you ask me questions about work, careers, education, life, (or anything really), and I answer them! Today's question describes something that isn't as uncommon as you may think.  Can your company fire you for working a second job or having some other type of outside ...
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60 hour work week

If You’re Working 60+ Hours a Week, You Need to Find a New Job ASAP!

Go out and ask the first few people you run into how long they work each week.  It wouldn't take long before you find someone who says they're working a 60+ hour work week. In fact, it's a statement that many full-time American workers make about their jobs. Now ask them how they feel ...
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Improve your communication skills with these simple and easy techniques!

Immediately Improve Your Communication Skills With These Simple and Easy Techniques

Great communication skills are extremely valuable for both work and life with countless benefits. They will allow you to excel in your career (there's a reason why almost every job asks for "excellent communication skills").  They are critical for happy relationships.  Great communication skills allow your voice to be heard and help you get ...
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Working Together vs. Working Alone - What's More Effective?

Working Together or Working Alone – What’s More Effective?

Teams, group projects, people putting their heads together to work on the same tasks or responsibilities. The practice of working together is something companies sure like to talk about a lot.  They brag about how much they foster teamwork, collaboration, and togetherness, but how many are actually practicing what they preach? Not many! The Push ...
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The Real Value of a College Degree

The REAL Value of a College Degree

There is no doubt that the value of a college degree in today's job economy is immeasurable.  It is invaluable. That little piece of paper with some fancy signatures will open up more doors than most people can imagine. It will change the entire trajectory of most people's lives for the better. Earning the ...
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Will I Ever Be A Manager?

Ask Mr. Happy Work: Will I Ever Get to be a Manager?

Welcome to the first ever edition of "Ask Mr. Happy Work", where you send me your questions about work, careers, education, life, (or really whatever), and I answer them! Advancement at work can be hard. It's even more frustrating when you feel like you're an awesome fit for that that higher level and just can't ...
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Voting for the First Time Ever

I’m Voting for the First Time Ever This Year and You Should Too

This year I'll be voting for the first time ever in the upcoming mid-term elections. After some introspection and reflection over the past two years, it's long overdue. Why the wait? I just never believed in voting. I felt my vote was meaningless. That the money of politicians overruled the public voice. I hoped that ...
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Mr. Happy Work Updates and News

Updates and News – 3 Months Live!

Ok, so it's been more like three and a half months... but close enough!  Mr. Happy Work has been live for 3 months! I just wanted to take some time in today's post to highlight some of the big changes and progress that were made with the site over the last months, and also ...
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