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Kiss Corporate A$$ – Fired Up Friday

Here’s your weekly dose of Fired Up Friday, the newsletter from Straddle The Line where I share my top personal growth tips and career resources to millennials.

Career Tip:
Kiss A$$. Yeah, you heard me right. It might not have been cool to suck up in high school or college, but as you head into the corporate world you’ll want to leave the “cool” version of you at home. Your goal as a young employee is to gain advocates internally as quickly as possible. The more connections you have at your company (as long as they’re the right connections), the quicker you will rise. Go above and beyond for your team. Show your boss all the great work you’ve done. Volunteer for stuff you don’t want to do. Be that geek you always knew you could be.

Life Hack:
Make Yourself UncomfortableThe most uncomfortable people lead the most successful lives. Progress doesn’t come from sitting still. It doesn’t come from copying the same daily routine you’ve had for years. Progress comes from stepping out of your comfort zone. Time and time again I’ve realized that the things I’m the most afraid of provide the greatest opportunity for growth. What are you afraid of? What have you been putting off? Confront it. Overcome it.

Podcast to Check Out:
The Indicator by Planet MoneyThis new show from the creator’s of Planet Moneyhelps you make sense of what’s happening today. It’s a quick hit of info on business, work and the economy. Want to sound like you know what you’re talking about at the water cooler? Check this one out.

Book to Read:
The 12 Week YearWritten by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington, this book challenges our traditional thought process around annualized business cycles and instead teaches you how to operate on a “12 Week Year” that creates urgency, clarity and focus. Looking to up your productivity in the New Year? Look no further. Shout out to STL Member Lynn Le for sharing!

STL Holiday Gift Idea:
Buy a Book for a Personal Growth Nerd in Your LifeHere’s a list of books that have changed my life in one small way or another. If your friend or family member is anything like me, they’ll love getting one of these books for the holidays. If they don’t like self-help, probably better off getting them a sweater. Happy holidays!

Quote of the Week:
“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should’ve been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

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