ironiya

This career-oriented blog—published biweekly on Wednesdays—looks at the positive and sometimes ironic sides of a kaleidoscopic range of workplace and life issues, from education and employment to discipline and discord.

true passion: beyond the paycheck

If your chosen career is motivated by true passion, is the commute really that long? Are the office politics really that onerous? Are the inevitable extra hours really that tiresome? Whether the economy is “firing on all cylinders,” as the analysts are fond of saying, or whether one in 10 ​Americans are without steady work, there are always options. Do you love foreign cultures? Learn another language—not out of obligation to work for a multinational company, but from real desire. From embassy to agency, you’ll always have a place to make a professional contribution. Do you love specific products, those that you use every day and cannot live without? Learn all you can about them, not out of

avoiding the ordinary: canned goods

What do you bring to the table? Be it a job interview, a brainstorming session or interaction with a loved one, are your responses built on expected words, conventional notions, ingrained thought processes? Almost every sphere of human activity can benefit from original ideas, and they hardly need be limited to symphony or skyscraper, to palate or painting, to e-this or i-that. Cause a few sparks—by going above and beyond, by living without fear of others’ responses, by acting from true conviction. While breaking out of restrictive routines, let your actions speak for themselves. Leave the blown horns for the orchestra, let advertisements remain within the realm of television and radio, keep

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