Holiday stress? This week’s Featured Onepager will help you relax!
Majed Sarrage is a massage therapist based in Dallas, TX, specializing in Swedish, deep tissue, and lomi lomi.
December 22nd, 2014 - Featured Onepagers
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Willy Leefmans is an expert engineer who specializes in rigging arrangements for offshore heavy lifting. We’re not gonna pretend to know anything about that, but it sounds pretty cool. Willy created a Onepager for his handbook, Rigging Design, which teaches new engineers the ins and outs of the field.
November 24th, 2014 - Featured Onepagers
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Thanksgiving break is coming up, marking one of the most famous pilgrimages in American history: that time when college students schlep back home to take a break from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, cafeteria burritos, and frozen chicken nuggets. When they get back, it’s time for finals, which is when your brains needs nutrients more than ever. But with all those finals, where does one find the time? Shop, Cook, Eat Student has all the answers (nope, not the the ones on your O-Chem exam. Sorry, man).
November 4th, 2014 - Featured Onepagers
Phew! That moment is always a little tense, eh? Now that we’re all in agreement, let’s take a look at Precious Memories Bridal Shop, which has been outfitting the brides and grooms of mid Michigan for over 30 years.
October 27th, 2014 - Customer Spotlights
When did you start writing?
I started April of last year. It’s a new thing for me, to be totally honest. I have a general science degree and after a long and windy path, found myself working as a mediator for the federal government. Then I had kids and stayed home to be with them for close to eight years before I began writing. I read a couple of contemporary romance novels and was inspired to give it a try.
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October 1st, 2014 - Customer Spotlights
If you were to give advice to your 20-year-old self, what would you tell her?
To not box yourself in or think that you have to follow a certain path. Just because there’s one traditional path in an industry, doesn’t mean that you need to take it. The best thing you can do is figure out what your strengths are and where those strengths are valued. You can be in companies where the people that get the most attention are the people that bring in the most business, but you don’t have to be good at new business to succeed in a company. If you’re really great at customer relationships, that’s really important too. Where the most noise is isn’t necessarily where your biggest values and successes will be. It’s really more about figuring out what your strengths are, what you like to do. Then figuring out where those are valued so you can really flourish and grow.
Also, not to get sidetracked by what everybody else is doing. And to put money in your 401K or savings or whatever you have. Just to know that there’s always going to be more opportunities. Every time you have a failure, it feels like the end of the world, but pretty soon you’re like, “Ah.” If you go through enough ups and downs, you know there’s going to be an up. Just know—as hard as it is at the time—there will be an up, and if you’re relatively smart and good at what you do, you’ll be able to create something.
Is there a past failure that you’re really grateful for now?
When I was in my 20s, I had a career at the job that I started after college. It was at an agency here in New York City, and I progressed pretty quickly and was doing well. Then, as things happened, I was thinking, “Okay, maybe I want to switch.” I was in advertising, but I wanted to switch from media into account work. Strategic planning didn’t exist yet, so I was still working my way towards that. Anyway, I was a little bit afraid to quit my job. It was bad times. There was this fear of, “What if I quit and don’t get another job?”
Then my boyfriend got transferred to California and he wanted me to move with him. At first I was thinking no, but then I thought, “What the hell.” I quit my job and I moved to California and got a job over there. Then I decided, “Shit. I really miss New York.” I never thought I was going to stay in New York, but moving away made me realize how much I loved it.
Where’d you grow up?
Ohio. I came here by accident. I always was like, “I’ll live here for a while, then I’ll move to Chicago.” When I came back to New York after California and got a new job, it just took away any fear of quitting and gave me so much more confidence. It also made me realize how much I love New York. I had friends that would say things like, “I’m sorry California didn’t work out for you,” but I’d tell them it was the best thing that ever happened to me. If you’re successful, you’re ambitious, you’ve done something that shows that you’re learned something new, don’t be afraid of quitting to do something.
The same thing happened with 40:20 Vision. I would worry, “What if it doesn’t work out?” So what? What if it doesn’t? I built something. I did something. I went around the country and talked to 200 women. I have something to show for it. Some people would consider that a failure, but I consider one of the best things to ever happen to me.
Sometimes it’s easier to worry about the known things you’re going to “lose,” rather than the unknown things you’ll gain. Why do you think that happens?
Just because you had dreams or you had a plan of what you thought your life was going be at 20, doesn’t mean you’re the same person when you’re 30. You’re holding on to what you thought your life would be like, but maybe where you want to be has changed. It’s important to not have such a set path. To think, “Maybe I’ve made some decisions that got me here. Why did I make those decisions?” There must have been some reason why you did, so you must have enjoyed the things that got you here. How do you look at that and reassess and make new goals?
I guess that’s one of the biggest things that happen during a big change. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, why not focus on what you do have? It just opens so many more opportunities and creates better energy.
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