How to Make Yourself Irreplaceable at Your Job

Here’s the bad news: you’ll always be replaceable. People at companies are replaced all the time. Sometimes they’re fired. Sometimes they take new opportunities and move on, and the company’s left scrambling to find someone to take their place. People who appear to be the backbone of a company schism and go elsewhere, and the company still carries on. Even Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was fired from his own company and replaced. If that…

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How to Become a Coach

I was 20 years old when I took my first coaching session. On the outside I was smiling, relatively cool, relatively collected. I was acting the part of the coach. I was here to solve problems — I got this. On the inside I was terrified. I was plagued by questions — “Am I qualified for this? What if they ask me a question and I don’t know what to say? What if I’m not…

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How to be Successful Without a College Degree

I recently came across the following question: "How can you be successful without a college degree?" This is one of my favorite topics — and the answer is much simpler than we're often led to think. You become successful without a college degree the same way you’d become successful with a college degree — by building skills, building a portfolio that showcases the ways you use those skills to create things of value to other people, and…

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Quora Answer: What are the Benefits of Not Going to College?

There are a variety of benefits to not going to college. College is an expenditure of a number of resources — time, energy, money, etc. If you aren’t using those on college, you can be spending them elsewhere — namely, on something that’s in more direct alignment with your goals. A few tangible, easy-to-measure benefits: You save money. Even if you’re working with scholarships, college is expensive; $20,000-$60,000/year is a steep price to pay as…

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Quora Answer: How do Startup Employees Work for Such Long Hours?

There are two factors: stamina and ownership. Let’s talk about stamina first. Your ability to work, like a muscle, is built over time. Stamina is not inherent, but earned. You could ask the same question about running a marathon — “how do runners consistently run for such long distances?” The principles are the same. They start small, consistently push their limits, and build muscle and capacity over time. When you’re used to running 5 miles,…

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