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Hard Work Won't Make You Successful -- But Doing This Will

I don’t blame anyone who has become frustrated and disillusioned with the working world. It is a huge disappointment to grow up and realize that most of what we’ve been taught about how to be successful is bad advice. We were taught “Just work hard at whatever job you get, and things will work out.” That’s false. Working hard at your job does not get you much. When you work hard at a job where the boss doesn’t value your efforts, all your hard work gets you is taken for granted. Just working hard by itself will exhaust you and shorten your lifespan without any benefits to you. There has to be more to success than merely working hard, or millions of people around the world would be a lot more successful than they are! If you are at work right now, think about the investment of time and energy you are making. Imagine that you only went home to sleep for four hours a night, and gave up all the rest of your personal time to get more work done. Imagine that you practically lived at your de…

10 Things To Never Apologize For Again

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(all illustrations by Jessica Hagy)
“I’m so sorry, but—” is the introductory phrase of doom. Apologizing when you haven’t made any mistakes makes you look weak and easy to dismiss, not polite.
Still want to say sorry? Then just don’t say it in these 10 situations.
1. Don’t apologize for taking up space.
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You’re three-dimensional in many powerful ways.
2. Don’t apologize for not being omniscient.
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If you really were psychic, you’d be out spending your lottery winnings already.
3. Don’t apologize for manifesting in a human form.
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You require food, sleep, and you have regular biological functions. This is not being high-maintenance. This is being alive.
4. Don’t apologize for being intimidatingly talented.
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Do you detect a wee bit (or a kilo-ton) of jealousy? Good. You’re doing something more than right.
5. Don’t apologize for not joining the cult du jour.
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If you don’t believe in the life-changing magic of the brand synergy matrix (or whatever the slide-show is selling), you’re more aware than you realize.
6. Don’t apologize for being bound by the laws of time and space.
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Need to be in three places at once? Actually, no, you don’t.
7. Don’t apologize for not assisting the more-than-able.
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Get your own stupid coffee, Chad.
8. Don’t apologize for not being unimpressed by mediocrity.
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Work that gets praised gets repeated. Stop clapping for things you don’t ever want to see again.
9. Don’t apologize for trusting your gut.
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Don’t walk down the dark creepy alley or into that closed-door meeting with the predator, okay?
10. Don’t apologize for standing up for people you care about. 
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Because you’re tired of hearing them apologize for doing everything right.

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