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Link Love 9/28/12

2012 September 28
by Cordelia

[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week.  Enjoy!]


Buck Up.
Cordelia note:  You just have to watch the video.  It’s a minute long, and guaranteed to make you want to start a revolution over something.
~Ashley Ambirge at The Middle Finger Project


How to Play the Corporate Game and Launch a Business Simultaneously
(WARNING: The blog post you’re about to read is borderline unethical. Sort of. It depends on your view of ethics when it comes to working a job that makes you feel dead inside. Reader discretion is advised.)
~guest post by Jennifer Blanchard of Inky Bites at Paid to Exist

Cordelia note:  VERY interested to hear your takes on this one in the comments!


Get Paid What You’re Worth: 37 Negotiation Tactics for Every Freelance Writer
What you’re about to read are thirty-seven negotiation moves that can help you make more money. These are negotiation moves that I’ve used in my career as a freelance writer.

They are easy to understand. The hard part is having the guts to use them (see negotiation move no. 36).

And get this: you don’t have to be a writer to use these tactics. Everyone — no matter their station in life, career or desires — has to negotiate. And it’s a lot more fun (and profitable) when you know how to do it.

So, let’s get started.
~contributor post by Demian Farnworth of The Copybot at Copyblogger


The positivity of pride.
Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.
~Danielle LaPorte


Do you have what you need to start your dream?
You need a lot less than you think to start.

Finishing might take tools, skills and talents that you’ll pick up along the way, but if you don’t start, you’ll never find out what they are.

Waiting until you have what you need to get started is the perfect way to make sure you never do.

The only thing you need is courage. Courage to believe it’s OK to be horrible at first. Courage to look silly. Courage to not let fear win the day.
~Jon Acuff


Avoid Clichés Like the Plague
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but if you throw it hard enough, it can pretty much repel anyone in any profession.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and wear huge shoes so people think they’re tracking the Bigfoot.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, unless it’s something unpleasant that someone else might just do before you. In that case, carry on.

Slow and steady wins the race—except races in which the point is to finish first, which is basically most races.

It is never too late to be what you might have been, unless your goal was to be a child prodigy or unicorn, in which case you’re basically screwed.
~Abby Heugel at Abby Has Issues

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  • my honest answer

    I read the ‘borderline unethical’ article at Paid To Exist with great interest! I think it depends on the company you work for, and the job that you have. If you have an agreement that you can what you want as long as your work is done, it’s fine. If you know there are rules about using the internet or doing personal stuff on work time, yeah, it’s probably unethical.

    However… if you know you are doing a good job, and you’d only be wasting time otherwise, I think it’s ok as long as you are prepared to risk your job. You might get fired, and you have to be willing to accept that as a risk if you are going to do it.

    • Cordelia

      I agree. Some jobs just want you to get the work done and allow you more freedom to squeeze in your own work in down times (whether obviously or secretly, as the author did). Some supervisors are more lax than others. And sometimes, even if you seem like you work in a job where you could “get away with it,” you still run the risk of getting caught and suffering the consequences.

      Personally, I believe that, as you said, if you’re doing your job well and you have down time that would only be “wasted” (how many of your coworkers are goofing off on Facebook?), there should be nothing wrong with filling your time constructively until the next project is given to you.

      But ultimately, you bring up a very important point: It’s all about risk. “Ethical” or “unethical,” it comes down to how much you’re willing to take the risk of trying something like this.

  • Rob F.

    Just watched the Buck Up. video. Nice one! :D

    • Cordelia

      Isn’t it? I love Ash with an infinite love. :)