An Interesting Little Experiment

So I’ve spent the last year trying to improve my cooking and eat more vegetarian and healthy. It’s been pretty successful, so I’m at the final stage – an inventory.

What I’m doing is trying to track my basic nutrition day by day for a week to see if everything paid off, if I have any gaps in my nutrition, etc. It’s already pretty interesting (for instance I’m eating more low sodium than I realized).

Just a day in already has me thinking and noticing things. Going to be interesting to see where this goes . . .

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, nerd and geek culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached at

Your Ideal Job: Do You Know What You Want?

The ideal job.  The ideal position.  The ideal career.  We talk about these things, we want these things, we strive for these things.

I do, of course.  I’m big on life/career integration.  I know many other people who strive for these things as well . . . which of course I do because I meet people like myself.

But I hear all these talks about what people are doing to find the perfect job.  I hear pay rates and statistics on what they want.  I hear bits and pieces of abstract discussions.

As we quest for the perfect career I think we can miss an obvious question: what is really going to make us happy in our careers?

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Weekly Challenge: Pre-Conflict Perspectives

With great power comes the chance for great stupidity.

OK it's not exactly the touching saying we all associate with Spider Man, but it's a sad truth.  Power, from the power of physical force to the subtleties of charisma to the abilities granted from knowledge, gives us not just the ability to do things, but the ability to do very stupid things that have incredible impact.

The difference between doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing is often a matter of degree.  You need wisdom to know that degree.

So your exercise this week is to figure out where you may do something very, very stupid.  You know, beyond the other things you've done.

  1. List all the top 3 to 5 things you are good at or have influence in – skills you have, leadership you perform in your fandom, someone's ear you have.
  2. Now for each, ask how you could take those skills too far and cause damage.  Could your leadership at work end up pitting departments against each other if you keep up your rah-rah attitude?  Could your next novel be even better selling if you pandered a bit, but you know that would take you in the direction of being hack.

Think of what you could do – so you know when to stop before a benefit becomes a problem.

– Steven Savage