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Friday Quick Hits: How to be Realistically Unrealistic and Why Passion is Overrated

I cannot believe it’s already Friday again. Crazy…crazy…crazy. It’s been one of those weeks, in a good way. I hope every one of you had a good one as well. Of course, and as always, the bloggers from around the web did not disappoint…Enjoy!

Why You Should Always Write Your Headline Last | Copyblogger

Good stuff from Copyblogger (as per usual). And so I ask, do you write YOUR blog titles & headlines first or last? Me – I almost ALWAYS add the title in as a last step – once you have your content written, you have a better idea of how to define it with a headline (which, in case you didn’t know, is super important for grabbing the attention of your readers). Blogging 101 people.

There’s More to Your Career Than Passion | Corn on the Job

Rich and I have had a couple great conversations (that somehow led to the mention of the one and only Val Venis…yeah, don’t ask). In short – passion is great and all – and it can get you far. But you need a lot more than passion to get where you want to be. You need experience, you need skills – so that not only are you WANTING to do something, but, you know, you’re actually good at doing it. A great post that puts a realistic perspective into this whole “passion” idea.

Why Unreasonable, Unrealistic People Win Big | Escaping the 9 to 5

So right after I use the word realistic I’ll mention this post from Maren over at Escaping the 9 to 5. I like this one – a lot – and while I think it’s always important to be smart, to plan and know what you’re getting yourself into – you have to dream big folks. Shoot for the stars and plan small steps that will lead you there – you don’t have to take it on all at once, but you also don’t need to be selling yourself short. The “unrealistic” can seem a lot more “realistic” when you take things one step at a time and set benchmarks for your success.

A Modern Day Parable | Sam Davidson

OK, so technically this post was last week. Sue me…Go read this – then read it again. Take it to heart, then share some of your thoughts there or back here. Sam aptly puts, “There are lots of things we want, and we often spend time learning how to search, and very little time actually searching. Maybe it’s time we change that.” – Something to think about, wise words from a very good friend of mine.

A Few Other Notes:

  • Nicole Crimaldi (aka Ms. Career Girl) and I are hosting a (FREE) Social Media Workshop targeted toward small businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs. If you’re in the Chicagoland area – come join us on April 10th: MORE INFO HERE.
  • Corbett Barr launched his new blog, Think Traffic – and the content is already rock solid. Corbett is a brilliant dude and it’s well worth your time to check out what he has going on with his new endeavor.
  • Last but not least, my good friend Catherine launched her (very first and long overdue) blog, “Just Catherine” – with a little help on the design front from yours truly. Go check it out, say hello, and subscribe. Promise you wont regret it.

What were some of the highlights from YOUR week?

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  1. Pow! The friday quick hits hit again! Thanks for the links Matt. I checked out Rich’s post on corn on the job. I love what he is doing there because he is creating guidance to people that want a secure job and rather work there way up the corporate ladder. Hey some people like that, I respect it. As long as people are living their best life.

    • Exactly. I am loving some of the “realism” that is being mixed in as of late. As you said – whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or traveling the world – you can be 100% fulfilled doing whatever it is YOU want to do. Have a good weekend buddy.

  2. Pow! The friday quick hits hit again! Thanks for the links Matt. I checked out Rich’s post on corn on the job. I love what he is doing there because he is creating guidance to people that want a secure job and rather work there way up the corporate ladder. Hey some people like that, I respect it. As long as people are living their best life.

    • Exactly. I am loving some of the “realism” that is being mixed in as of late. As you said – whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or traveling the world – you can be 100% fulfilled doing whatever it is YOU want to do. Have a good weekend buddy.

  3. I popped on over to escaping the nine to five and really enjoyed my visit. Flipping their big goals onto their back, I’ve been asking folk “What’s the Least I can do today to make a positive impact?” Had some nice replies. Smile. Say thank you. Be there and want to be there.

    Perhaps you and some of the good people here might like to click on over and drop a pearl of wisdom in the bucket?

    Good work Matt, I always enjoy my quick hits. Smashing!

  4. I popped on over to escaping the nine to five and really enjoyed my visit. Flipping their big goals onto their back, I’ve been asking folk “What’s the Least I can do today to make a positive impact?” Had some nice replies. Smile. Say thank you. Be there and want to be there.

    Perhaps you and some of the good people here might like to click on over and drop a pearl of wisdom in the bucket?

    Good work Matt, I always enjoy my quick hits. Smashing!

  5. “Hellllooooooo Ladiesss” – Val Venis

    Great week with you, looking forward to hanging out and becoming the “2 best friends that anyone could have” – hang over reference anyone?

    In all seriousness, I’m glad to have you around as a buddy and someone to discuss all sorts of things. Thanks for picking my passion post for this weeks “Quick Hits”. It’s a something that pops up everywhere, and even our buddy, Nicole wrote about it today.

    People need to take a step back and realize that passion comes in many forms. I absolutely adore career passion. It’s ideal, but doesn’t happen for everyone. People get stressed out when they think “Oh no, my career isn’t my passion” So fucking what. That’s what hobbies and loved ones are for. Your job should at the very least, support your life’s activities if it’s not also your passion.

    • Agreed – it doesn’t stop and end with your job – that’s not all there is in life when it comes to happiness. Not to mention, passion will only get you so far – experience and having the proper skill set is, you know, pretty much necessary to get the job done – yet we’re quick to discount it in favor of “passion”.

      Good stuff man – looking forward to (finally) meeting next weekend. “HELLOOOOOO LADIES!”

  6. “Hellllooooooo Ladiesss” – Val Venis

    Great week with you, looking forward to hanging out and becoming the “2 best friends that anyone could have” – hang over reference anyone?

    In all seriousness, I’m glad to have you around as a buddy and someone to discuss all sorts of things. Thanks for picking my passion post for this weeks “Quick Hits”. It’s a something that pops up everywhere, and even our buddy, Nicole wrote about it today.

    People need to take a step back and realize that passion comes in many forms. I absolutely adore career passion. It’s ideal, but doesn’t happen for everyone. People get stressed out when they think “Oh no, my career isn’t my passion” So fucking what. That’s what hobbies and loved ones are for. Your job should at the very least, support your life’s activities if it’s not also your passion.

    • Agreed – it doesn’t stop and end with your job – that’s not all there is in life when it comes to happiness. Not to mention, passion will only get you so far – experience and having the proper skill set is, you know, pretty much necessary to get the job done – yet we’re quick to discount it in favor of “passion”.

      Good stuff man – looking forward to (finally) meeting next weekend. “HELLOOOOOO LADIES!”

  7. That’s so interesting about writing your title last. I think the title is the most important, although I think it’s a weak spot of mine (naming titles/headlines). I focus on the content a lot and a lot of times, I will write the title first then jump into it. The interesting piece is that I often change my title after I write and it becomes something different/new. Good links, Matt!

    • I used to do the title first but more times than not (nowadays) I have an idea, write the content, THEN add the title and sub-headings throughout the post (another good thing that really helps break things up). Hope you’ve been doing well Grace – seems like everyone’s busy as hell these days. Sooner than later, we’ll actually sit down and catch up. Have a good weekend!

  8. That’s so interesting about writing your title last. I think the title is the most important, although I think it’s a weak spot of mine (naming titles/headlines). I focus on the content a lot and a lot of times, I will write the title first then jump into it. The interesting piece is that I often change my title after I write and it becomes something different/new. Good links, Matt!

    • I used to do the title first but more times than not (nowadays) I have an idea, write the content, THEN add the title and sub-headings throughout the post (another good thing that really helps break things up). Hope you’ve been doing well Grace – seems like everyone’s busy as hell these days. Sooner than later, we’ll actually sit down and catch up. Have a good weekend!