5 Reads: Push Back, Quit Your Job, Stop Wasting Your Talent and More

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From time to time I like to clean out the old Instapaper account and share what I thought were especially good, insightful reads. Here are 5 articles that stood out.


How to Push Back (And Stop Being So Nice)

By Margie Warrell. Forbes

Sometimes you have to push back, sometimes you have to say no, and it’s almost always going to be weird and uncomfortable. But it’s worth it.

Key quote: “If all you ever do is “go along to get along” you will sometimes diminish yourself and deprive others of the impact you would make by speaking up and putting forward your opinion, even if it ruffles the odd feather.” Read the resthere.

How to Make the Most of a Conference

By Rebecca Knight. Harvard Business Review

Consider this early advice for #SHRM16. (Seriously, where was this a month ago?) Anyway, this is a solid read for anyone attending any conference!

Key quote: “Today, probably even more than ever before, networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both your professional and personal lives.”Read the rest here.

10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job

By James Altucher. Entrepreneur

I think a lot of employees secretly want to be entrepreneurs. Perhaps more so, they want to feel like an entrepreneur in their current job! This article gives plenty of reasons for them to leave, it’s up to you to give them reasons to stay!

Key quote: “Only stepping out of the prison imposed on you from your factory will allow you to achieve abundance. You can’t see it now. It’s hard to see the gardens when you are locked in jail.” Read the rest here.

5 Bad Writing Habits to Drop Now

By Neil Patel. HubSpot

Words are hard, and because words are hard we need to work on our writing on a consistent basis. So read this.

Key quote: “If you don’t make your point in the first few sentences, forget it. You’ve lost a lot of your readers already. The article might as well be done.” Read the rest here.

Seven Signs Your Wasting Your Talent

By Liz Ryan. Forbes

Yikes. If you’re just having a bad day at the office, this is probably not the read for you. If it’s more than just a bad day (or you suspect as much), this is a must read!

Key quote: “Not only is it frustrating and discouraging to go to work every day and have your ideas ignored, your accomplishments unnoticed and your creativity bottled up and squashed, but it also doesn’t help customers, shareholders or the world in general for your talents to go to waste!” Read the rest here.

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