Learning Through Time

Learning lessons through time, entering the transition economy, and carving out "me time"

Victor Saad


Welcome to issue No. 24 of Work Different — a weekly summary of the top articles focused on workplace culture and career development.

On Lessons Learned Through Time

Have you tried making a list of the valuable lessons you’ve accumulated over time? If you’ve been too busy, here are some solid ones to keep in mind. 1. If we can’t do the basics amazingly well, nothing else will matter. 2. Never try to be cool. Only try to be good. 4. Be brave with your ideas. And fight make them happen. 5. Hire people with passion and who care. We can’t put fire in someone’s belly. Only they can do that. 6. If we make a promise, we have to keep that promise. 7. We all work for this company but make sure that this company works for you. 8. Treat people with the same respect that they pay you. 9. Be positive. Believe in your ability to do amazing things. 10. Have fun. The Do Lectures.

On the Transition Economy

Many Americans already know life and — most importantly — work, is in the transitions. Workers 25 to 34, on average, leave a job after 2.8 years, 36 percent of the economy moves from gig to gig, and 40 million Americans are now unemployed due to COVID-19. The problem is, our educational institutions, governmental support systems, and corporate structures have not caught up to this reality. They continue to build and operate an antiquated infrastructure designed for a stable, linear, 1950s American workforce. This disconnect is keeping millions of Americans from building fulfilling and economically viable careers. It is time to reengineer some of our most deeply held professional pathways. The Hill.

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On Carving Out “Me Time”

Are you feeling burnt out from months of working from home? You’re not alone. Here’s what you can do to create some stress relief for yourself. 1. Set work-free times. We are all guilty of feeling guilty when we’re not working. This is unhealthy. No-one should be working all the time. Set certain rules for yourself, for example setting aside 2 hours each day where you completely switch off from work, or turn off your work phone after a certain time. 2. Define health must-haves. When you take care of your body, your mind is sharper. Set aside time each day to take care of your body, such as going for a morning jog or walk. 3. Do what really makes you happy. Make sure you do something each day that you truly enjoy, such as cooking, going for a bike ride, or reading a few pages of your favorite book before bed. “When you make time for what you truly enjoy, it gives you back energy and enthusiasm for the rest of your life and work.” Fast Company.


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Victor Saad


I’m an author, educator, and community builder living in Chicago. I started Experience Institute, an organization helping college students and career professionals learn and grow through short-term, real-world experiences.

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