• Why Conventional Career Advice Puts You on the Wrong Track

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    Note from Cassie: This is a guest post by Cody Wheeler at Academy Success. Interested in guest posting for Alternative Badassery? Contact me.

    If you follow the advice of most “career experts” out there, you’re basically going to be digging a deeper and deeper hole every day.

    You may not get out of this hole until you’re in your 60s. Or worse, this hole may end up killing you before you retire.

    See, there’s a pretty big problem with career experts. Most of them have never changed careers… so how are they qualified to tell you what to do?
    Confused? Let Me Explain.
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  • How I Know He’s “The One”

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    Note: Another sappy Valentine’s Day post from me this year. Who am I?

    John doesn’t believe in “The One,” which is fine and sounds more harsh than it is. Specifically, he doesn’t believe two people are undeniably destined for each other, that they’re this perfectly-matched pair that the universe is set on bringing together so they can begin this beautiful, effortless relationship, and continue to mesh magically till the end of their days, living happily ever after. Which is to say, he thinks no relationship is perfect and every relationship takes a lot of hard work, compromise, sacrifice, and the […] Continue Reading…

  • They’re Wrong About Pessimists

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    “You’re always so negative.”

    “Look on the bright side.”

    “Nothing pleases you.”

    So-called pessimists are used to hearing this kind of talk from family and friends. I should know–most of those closest to me consider me more or less a pessimist, and never fail to remind me of it.

    I’ve always kind of felt they were a little off in their evaluation, though. Like, a naturally negative person? Me? It doesn’t seem right. My observations don’t seem negative to me; they just seem real. They just reflect reality. And besides, if I really pressed them on it, I know the same people calling me […] Continue Reading…