In an episode of his HBO show, The Shop, Lebron James shared that he often wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, tormented by the question “How did I end up here?” He wonders why he and three of his childhood friends were successful while four of their other friends are now all dead. The head nods of his guests all signaled that this question—why some of us make it while others do not—was one they had asked themselves, too. advertisement advertisement A few years earlier, another NBA superstar offered his own answer. In his 2014 MVP acceptance speech, Kevin Durant spent almost 30 minutes recounting, person by person, those who had helped him along the way and more specifically, how they had helped. From the small gesture of a teammate who left an encouraging note in his locker to the protection and inspiration provided by his single mom, who he famously designated “the Real MVP.” The question of what we attribute our … [Read more...] about 10 minutes reflecting on who helped you succeed can transform your idea of the meritocracy
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One of the best gifts you can give yourself is a rewarding career, and there’s no time like the present to ramp up your job search. While it seems like waiting for January is a better plan, the holiday season offers some advantages, too. advertisement advertisement “Finding a job during the holidays can prove to be very fortuitous if you are flexible with your time and focused in your efforts,” says Tim Tolan, CEO and managing partner of The Tolan Group, an executive search firm. “Most people are counting down the days to exit from their working environment, yet employers have open job positions they have to fill before the January 1st deadline. Call it a perfect storm if you are in the hunt.” If you’re moving up in your career, winter is the perfect time, says Peter Boegh, head of HR at ROOM, a startup that offers soundproof booths for workplaces. “Once we hit spring—and graduation is just around the corner—a lot of HR … [Read more...] about How to use the holidays to boost your job search
Superhuman athlete, comedic actor, and $500-million brand LeBron James is now a typeface. So are Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Working with the London-based design firm Sawdust, Nike has created fonts for some of the most popular basketball players. Eye-roll inducing? Certainly. It’s also smart—if used the right way. advertisement advertisement Composed of Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez, Sawdust has carved a niche in the bespoke typeface business mostly working with editorial clients. They met while studying graphic design at Oxford and after working separately as freelancers and at agencies in Denmark and London, the two banded together to open their own studio in 2006. (You might recognize their identity for Fast Company‘s Innovation Festival and Innovation by Design Awards.) Nike Basketball has worked with Sawdust on and off for years to create logos for its players, like Maya Moore and Blake Griffin. And while a logo is the norm for marketing … [Read more...] about Typefaces For Pro Basketball Players: Gimmick or Genius?