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Commencement Speech by Jeff Bezos

3 Aug

I came across this Graduation Speeh today on TED, by Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon. The whole speech is wonderful, but the end (pasted below) really struck me.  I think these are important questions to ask yourself at any point of your life.

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?

Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?

Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?

Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?

Will you bluff it out when you’re wrong, or will you apologize?

Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?

Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?

When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?

Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?

I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.


MTV’s hired- A great show for recent grads (or anyone!)

27 Jul

Ok, so I think we can all agree that MTV isn’t known for having the most educational shows. (Jersey shore anyone?) While the history channel is the peas (depending on your nerd level), MTV is definitely the dessert, the guilty pleasure.

That’s why I was surprised to find “hired”, a show where they follow recent college graduates on interviews. They have a variety of fields- salons, makeup company, pr studios, ect. I found it really interesting to watch the people on their interviews, and listen to the interviewers critiques on their resumes and answers. It’s funny bc from an outside perspective it’s completely obvious who is right for it and who isn’t.

I wasn’t able to embed the video to this post, so follow this link to watch the episodes available online. It’s a great chance to see what hiring managers are looking for and talking about, behind the scenes.

PS- I love the question the tv company asked, “What tv character do you most identify with?” I’d love to ask this as a question for any interview!

Move over, Moms are taking charge!

15 Jul

Sometimes it seems like the pressures of being a young adult are endless. We have to find the perfect job with little experience, pay our bills on en entry level salary, and oh yes… find that perfect life companion! If you are like me, it’s hard to be single in your early twenties. Starting off in your career, you want to put in as many hours at work as possible, to prove yourself and get ahead. This leaves you little time outside of work to hang out with your friends, and pursue hobbies like volunteering, music, working out.. let alone dating! The easiest way to meet guys or gals is at bars. But what happens when you reach 25 (like muah) and start getting over the bar scene? Sure , happy hour is fun with coworkers, but the 3 vodka sodas and dancing until 2am is suddenly not as exciting and easy to recover from as your college days.

Well finally someone came up with a solution. I found this site via my favorite blog A cup of Jo, today and laughed incredibly hard. Every one of my single friends is like me- sure we’d like to find that special someone, but our Moms (and aunts and sisters etc) REALLY want us to find someone. This site Fabover50 started a site, Date my single Kid, where moms can put up their single kids and browse others to set them up. I signed my mom up (sorry mom!) so I could browse the list of poor, lonesome single kids.

I think my favorite part of this site is the descriptions the moms write about their eligible kids. It’s like- “She’s smart, loves God, working out, puppies, rainbows, saving children from burning buildings, paying her bills on time, practicing her instrument, driving the speed limit, drinking ONLY occasionally and cleaning the house!” I mean no mom sees faults in their kids right? I mean screw finding us dates, these moms need to start writing our cover letters for employers!

I can’t wait to see if anyone finds a match on this.. or find out if the kids (and I’m talking big kids in their 20’s to 30’s here), even know their parents put this up. And does it come with a dowry? I can see the headlines now- “My darling daughter Tessa, for only 20 cows!”

I’ll leave you with my favorite “He lives in my apartment. get him out of here!”

Take a Moment…

7 Jul

looking at the sky, originally uploaded by *cinzia*.

I saw the movie “The Last Station” over the weekend, and it was absolutely beautiful. It got me obsessed with everything Tolstoy and I’ve spent the days since looking up quotes by him, stories and voraciously reading Anna Karenina, so I can move on to War and Peace.

I love this quote by him:

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

How many days do you spend staring at your computer, papers, and phones without stopping to notice all the wonderful things going on around you? This is an excellent reminder to take a break, look up from our work and admire the colors, scents, textures, people, nature everywhere. It’s easy to get wrapped up and focused on your work, but life’s too short to not take a break once in awhile and “get distracted.”

Two-Word Poem

24 Jun

I came across this great site SoulPancake created by Rainn Wilson, one of the funniest men alive (Dwight Shrute anyone?).

“Soulpancake is a place to speak your mind, unload your questions, and figure out what it means to be human”

…I’m in!

I was browsing around on the site tonight and found this thought-provoking post, “What’s your two-word poem?” After a lot of “soul-pancake” searching, I came up with mine: SPEAK UP. I think this is the greatest thing I’ve learned in my 25 years of living. In order to have successful careers, friendships, relationships, marriages, you need to speak up and say what you are feeling. Too often, we forget that unlike the sorting hat in Harry Potter, people don’t always know what we are thinking.

What’s yours?

Lessons from Alice

21 Jun

Annie Leibovitz in Vogue

I saw the new Alice in Wonderland Move last weekend. This quote was by far my favorite part of the entire story. Leave it to Alice, (or err lewis carroll) to put things in perspective:

The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
[Alice checks Hatter’s temperature]
Alice Kingsley: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

So true Alice. So true…

Oh, Internet…

18 Jun

Another great comic from chuck @Beans

Get Back to Work! (But for now enjoy these links)

18 Jun

It’s Friday, and everyone knows Friday is not the best day  for people with ADD or a love of life outside the cubical. So why not pass the time with some cool links?

I have no words. This is simply that amazing. (Doghouse Cartoon)

Lens Crafters should really swoop this up for their next ad campaign.

It ain’t easy growing green at work. But these low- light plants are up for the challenge.

They’re lurking in offices everywhere, waiting for the perfect opportunity to attack your inbox. No, not email viruses.. REPLY-ALL’ers. Here’s a great article on Gawker on when to hit the reply all button. (Hint- never).

reason number 5 million I wish I was italian.

And now for links that keep popping in my Google Reader and around the internet that I never want to see again: Justin Beiber, Keanu Reeves looking sad, and anything about the iphone4.

Happy almost-to- happy hour- Friday!

Enjoying Life

16 Jun

“I thought about how easily we are all brainwashed by our society and culture to stop thinking and just assume by default that more money equals more success and more happiness, when ultimately happiness is really just about enjoying life.”

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, Delivering Happiness

The Fun Theory

16 Jun

Volkswagon’s latest campaign “The Fun Theory” is pretty amazing. The description on the site says:

“This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”

It’s a great idea when you think about it. I mean, who would have thought that simply adding a sound to a hand sanitizer would triple the amount of people using it? Or that attaching tiny magnets to tshirts can get your kids to clean their rooms?

I love love love the winner (shown above). We’re always notified if we do something wrong by the dmv, but how about when we do something right? Check the site for more of the incredible entires.

This has made me think a lot about how I can make mundane activities in my own life more fun.