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On Manufacturing Your Own Serendipity

On Manufacturing Your Own Serendipity

People who spend their money on the slim chance to win millions are derogatorily referred to as gamblers. “These people have a problem and need to get help,” but I understand the satisfying feeling of spontaneous and beneficial discovery. Or in their case, discovering their bank account several times larger than it was mere seconds ago. These people aren’t really addicted to spending their money. They’re addicted to serendipity. And sure, some extra money is a pretty shallow victory. But with a more altruistic goal in place, serendipity tends to be a pretty satisfying experience. It’s the reason I’ve gambled upwards of 100+ hours of free time in the past six months to helping strangers improve themselves and their lives. It can be difficult for people to understand why I go out of my way to help others, but that’s only because they are looking at the  short-term benefits. In reality, I find a wealth of benefits that come from listening to other people’s struggles and then helping find ways to solve them.

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Wanted: An Entry-level Job That Doesn’t Suck!

Wanted: An Entry-level Job That Doesn’t Suck!

Everyone once in a while, I offer to help other people be awesome. I’m not qualified at “Being Awesome” by any authority, but people seem to like my brand of advice. So I continue to offer it. This is a post that was adapted from one of these exchanges.

The question wasWhat’s your advice for landing a really cool job that you enjoy right out of college? Not just getting a job that you take because you need to have a job and end up despising.

Oh, man. Time and time again I see these college-minded sheep students go to these crap-tacular job fairs, all vying for the same entry-level QA and testing gigs in their white-collar, paisley-pattern ties. These kids were all destined to a life of Office Space-like professional routine. Good-enough jobs are abundant and easily found. Right now, thousands of people in your local market are casually throwing around their resumes to whomever will accept it. No thought is being put into who is reading your information or how it’s being presented. Anyone who tells me they can’t find work or are not qualified to find work (ESPECIALLY in our “difficult” economy) is really missing an opportunity.

{tl;dr} I’m not trying to sell snake oil here. Finding a job that is amazing to go to every day doesn’t just fall in your lap. Bottom line (for those too lazy busy to read), you won’t get something for nothing. You have to know what you’re going after, you have to be in the right place at the right time, and you have to know the right skills as well as the right people to get the job. If you’re missing any of these checkmarks, consider them points against you. You’ll need to make yourself stand out from the crowd and figure out what sort of awesome job you should be looking for. Trying out these suggestions will help you correct some of those issues and maybe you’ll find yourself in a few serendipitous situations. {/tl;dr}

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How to confuse “Openness” with “Lack of Choice”

How to confuse “Openness” with “Lack of Choice”

In a post by MG Seigler this morning, he rants around a very narrow view of the “openness” of Android. Instead of looking at this from the perspective of “open OS”, I see Android as more about the “openness of choice”. He cites specific reasons to prefer iPhone over the Android, namely the bloatware installed by carriers, the restrictions placed on the OS, and basically everything the carrier does to remain unique and relevant in the Android ecosystem. Personally, I think this is a weak argument. Yes, this happens. Yes, carriers will continue to add their “2 cents” worth. But the beautiful thing about it is that you DON’T HAVE TO USE THESE PHONES!