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Minimizing the 'Side Effects' of Career Decisions

What could the COVID vaccine and career decision-making possibly have in common? Both have their own version of side effects, and the discomfort that comes with those means you’re on the right path.

The CDC (2021) tells us that the side effects one might experience after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity against the virus. Suffering through a fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms is no fun, but the discomfort means the vaccine is working. A similar discomfort can emerge when trying to figure out your career direction. This is not the kind of distress that registers on a thermometer but it can be frightening, confusing, and disruptive, nonetheless.


What Is Intrinsic Motivation and How Does It Help Us?

What is it you enjoy most? Think of something that no one needs to urge you to do, remind you to do, or that you put off because you’d really rather be doing something else. For some that might be reading, doing a crossword puzzle, gardening, cooking, or a sport. Avid readers love to read for pleasure, as a way to relax. But what happens if an avid reader was paid to read? Their love for reading starts to feel like work and they don’t engage in it with the same enthusiasm. Their motivation changes from intrinsic (having an internal desire to do something) to extrinsic motivation (requiring something external such as money as motivation to do something). An activity that once was done eagerly and without prompting or urging suddenly becomes work.


12 Tips for When You Encounter a Fork in the Road

Over the years, life can present major forks in the road. Sometimes the best choice is obvious. But what if you encounter equally valid options? Perhaps you have to decide which school to attend? Or which major to declare? Which career? Which job? Which city? Which living situation? Which medical treatment? Which invitation to accept? Which relationship to pursue? Which partner to build a life with?


Help! I’m Afraid to Retire, Even Though I Can Afford to

I am seeing an interesting pattern in discussions with my clients about retirement — and it’s certainly not one I was expecting. Instead of worrying about whether they’ll have enough saved to enjoy retirement, they’re worrying about whether they’ll enjoy retirement at all.

It seems like discussions about retirement start almost as soon as we get our first job. Whether it’s saving as much as possible in your 401(k) plan or making an annual IRA contribution, the focus is always on having enough money to retire and enjoy all the things they’ve been dreaming of doing. For some, the big plans include traveling to far-flung destinations; for others, it’s spending time with family, finally moving to that place you love to visit on vacation, or volunteering.


I'm Turning My Young Grandsons Into Entrepreneurs

Gen Z digital natives have grown up comfortable in a world of technology, but they can also benefit from wisdom that comes from experience. Combining the expertise of Gen Z and boomer generations could be a new formula for a startup business to succeed. At least that's what I'm finding in my own multigenerational experiment in entrepreneurship.


Minimizing the 'Side Effects' of Career Decisions

What could the COVID vaccine and career decision-making possibly have in common? Both have their own version of side effects, and the discomfort that comes with those means you’re on the right path.

The CDC (2021) tells us that the side effects one might experience after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity against the virus. Suffering through a fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms is no fun, but the discomfort means the vaccine is working. A similar discomfort can emerge when trying to figure out your career direction. This is not the kind of distress that registers on a thermometer but it can be frightening, confusing, and disruptive, nonetheless.


The Virtues of Volunteering

My column on fulfilling ways to spend retirement continues to generate inspirational responses from readers, many of whom have sung the praises of volunteering. You also volunteered the names of additional service groups that you have found rewarding. I’ll cite a number of them for those of you in search of a cause that strikes a chord.

Many of your efforts focus on children. After working for more than 40 years as a registered dietician in hospitals and nursing homes, reader Linda Hall volunteers for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to children around the world. “I am using my marketing MBA and my organizational and people skills,” writes Hall. “Sometimes I think that my training and experience were meant all along to be applied in my volunteer work.”


What to Know Before Starting a Franchise Business

If the idea of starting a business after 50 — perhaps a part-time one in retirement — seems overwhelming, you're not alone. You might want to consider launching through a successful franchise operation, where you can follow in the footsteps of others who've done so already.