Second Time Around

Moving beyond non-racist, advice for second time founders, and finding the energy to continue.

Victor Saad


Welcome to issue No. 14 of Work Different — a weekly summary of the top articles focused on workplace culture and career development.

On Moving Beyond Non-Racist to Anti-Racist

Regardless of your racial identity, we all live in a racialized American society. In this episode of NPR’s Life Kit, Eric Deggans suggests some of the ways you can challenge yourself from being “not racist” to becoming “anti-racist.” He comments that “racism has a visceral, physical impact” on non-white bodies that goes beyond the number of police shootings. If you are white, the first step to becoming anti-racist is to accept your power, and then actively listen to people of color when they share their experiences. “You’ve got to be continually working towards equality for all races, striving to undo racism in your mind, your personal environment and the wider world.” This work of recognizing and dismantling systemic racism is heartbreaking, requires long-term collective attention and energy, and it begins within ourselves. NPR.
Above Image Credit: Olivia Fields

On Second Time Founders

Fundraising is no easy task. For those of you who have successfully built your first company and are in the process of building a second, you certainly have a number of takeaways and lessons under your belt heading into your next venture. In this piece, James Currier reminds second time founders to leverage their experience when it comes to: 1. Establishing a network. 2. Hiring a better team. 3. Making better and faster decisions. But also avoiding making mistakes such as being overconfident or impatient, misunderstanding “impact,” overspending, and missing operational blindspots. If you are a second time founder or considering your next venture, give this a read. NFX.

Credit:  Adrian Forrow

On Depleting Surge Capacity

Compared to an earthquake or a flood, this current pandemic is quite different in that both the disaster itself and the consequences are infinitely long-term. In this piece, Tara Haelle shares her experience as a BC (Before Coronavirus) high achiever and how she has found herself unable to maintain the productivity that she had earlier on in the pandemic. “How do you adjust to an ever-changing situation where the ‘new normal’ is indefinite uncertainty?” Haelle writes that we need to allow ourselves to mourn our old way of life, our loss of freedom to move about and see our loved ones, the loss of high-quality education for our children, the loss of birthdays and weddings. We also need to learn to understand that our minds and bodies are also going through change. Rather than criticizing yourself for your lack of productivity, try to focus your attention on maintaining and strengthening important relationships —staying connected to our loved ones will m

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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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