The 3 Best Lessons I Learned From Saying “Yes” to Something I Had No Idea How to Do

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Recently I was asked to lead a project that would have a positive impact on not just my team, but on other teams across my company. Because I have a hard time turning things down at work, I accepted the …

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Great Students Don’t Necessarily Make Great Employees—Here’s Why

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Katie Parrott’s college career advisor used to put her in the category of “ostrich person.” The term was reserved, she recalls, for students who’d “stick their head in the sand and pretend that school was never going to end.”

In …

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What You Can Realistically Do When You Realize You’re Not a Good Culture Fit

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You’ve been at your new job now for a few weeks—or maybe even a few months. You feel more settled with your role and responsibilities, you’ve learned who does what across the organization, and you can even find your way …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Visualization to Boost Your Career (With Exercises!)

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One of the practices that contributes to Michael Phelps’ success as a swimmer takes place well before he gets into the pool. As part of his training regimen, Phelps visualizes every detail of his race—from responding to something going wrong …

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3 Ways to Figure Out if You’re Babysitting Your Team or Managing Them

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If you’re a manager with good intentions, you genuinely want to do right by your team (unlike horrible bosses who like the title, but aren’t interested in putting in the actual work of managing). But sometimes, being the boss can …

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5 Career Lessons You’re Never Too Old to Learn, According to 5 Real Stories

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Here at The Muse, we love giving you advice (could you tell?). But if there’s one thing we love about our career story features, it’s that they provide us with some invaluable lessons, too.

If you’re feeling stuck or …

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10 Traits of a Great Manager, According to Google’s Internal Research

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20 years ago, you probably would’ve laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What’s a google?

But, as you know, Google’s become the largest entity in one of the biggest …

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Ask a Credible Career Coach: How Can I Turn Down a Job When Somebody Gave Me an “In”?

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Dear Career Coach,

I have a job offer on the table, but I don’t think I want to take it. Here’s the problem: Somebody I know gave me an “in” at this company, and I’m worried that turning down the …

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5 Answers from 5 Real People on Why You Keep Getting Rejected From Jobs

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Ever since we launched our new Discussions platform, questions have been pouring in. People want to know how to get a job, how they can be more productive, and what they should do if they’re stuck in a …

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3 Signs You’re Overthinking a Decision (and Missing Out on an Awesome Opportunity)

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You spend the last few months of 2017 saying, “Next year will be different.” And now it’s next year and you can’t really say that anything’s changed. You know what you want—it’s just that the closer you get to going …

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How to Get the Right Kind of Feedback in Your New Job (Because Your Success Depends on It)

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The first 90 days of your new job are crucial to set yourself up for long-term career success. It’s where you make good on the promises you touted during your interview and set the stage for how people perceive you. …

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