Self help 101: For all those struggling with life as we know it in Dayton

It seems there is a lot of angst in this town. A lot of people whining about how life sucks, Dayton sucks, leadership sucks, Forbes magazine sucks, a lot of major suckage. And yes, I’m part of the problem- because I think it sucks that we can’t have a conversation about new ideas without having a task force, committee, blue ribbon panel etc. to get everyone marching in lock-step first.

That’s why I’m making a book recommendation. Everyone who thinks life sucks, or just lost their job, or is working for a company that treats them like shit- this books for you:

Radical Careering: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life

Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead

Radical Careering: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life

the subtitle is “100 truths to jumpstart your job, your career and your life.”

I’ve given copies to friends who’ve lost their jobs in high places- and they’ve gone on to bigger and better places (CAP- you know I’m talking about you). I’ve given it to employees as motivation to make the best out of their workday, and to friends who have felt trapped in a dead-end job.

It’s written by one of the best advertising copywriters on the planet, who takes metaphors to a whole new level.
Cherry picking the first 10 of the 100 “Truths” to live by for our group of online misanthropes:

#2 Revolution is the new status quo.

  • #3 The Axel on the gravy train is broken
  • #5 Quality of work, Quality of Life, Quality of compensation: PICK ONE.
  • #6 Break out the nunchucks and let the streetfighting begin.
  • #10 Avoid manufacturing buggy whips
  • #11 Transform or die
  • #16 Politics happen when people feel insecure about their work
  • #17 Chaos unlocks opportunity
  • #19 Being in a crap job isn’t your fault. Staying in a crap job is.
  • #20 Don’t work for someone you don’t respect.

They continue- and continue to stimulate thought- and action to improve ones lot in life. Or, we can apply them to our collective thinking patterns, like this- using them in order:

Dayton won’t be what it was, we have to decide what we want from our city, it’s time to have a throw down and demand results. The old ways are over, we have to change and adapt. When people start worrying about how things look, sound or are perceived- they are missing the point. All this arguing can give us a better idea of what we want- and then it’s time to either be “for us, or against us” (in the immortal words of our idiot in chief) and then- lets find some leadership we respect- and help them get us to where we want to be.

Did you follow the application of the ideas to the actions?

The book won’t take you long to read. You can keep it by your bedside or in your bathroom as a daily motivator (I keep a copy on my desk). You can use it as a personal guide to life, you could use it as a curriculum strategy to educate future independent careerists- or as a metaphor for how to kick some ass and get things done in a dysfunctional arena- whatever size you want to make it.

A pre-release article about the book in the magazine “Creativity” was the most popular article ever. It was looked at as a life changing manifesto in the ad industry. When it comes to bickering in our little city- with its dysfunctional dynamics- maybe this is just the book to rally us to radically change the way we look at our jobs, our city and our lives.

#69 Work toward the positive, not away from the negative.


#93 Escape toxicity.


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