Category Archives: Vocation

Articles, commentary, and information on maintaining and developing one’s marketable skills and career.

Defensive entrepreneurship

DDFD over at Self Reliance Exchange recently published a short post on the skills one can acquire by operating your own business, and emphasizes that having a side-business can help cushion against job loss. Speaking from my own experience, starting … Continue reading

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The changing face of employment

DDFD at Self Reliance Workshop posts a few thoughts on employment: If You Couldn’t Get a Job Ever Again . . . Do You View Yourself As “You, Inc.”? After two years of unemployment I’m starting to consider both posts … Continue reading

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Building professional networks.

My brother Dan has begun writing a series of posts about developing professional networks, starting with making a case for building networks. I started with my closest friends, because I knew they wouldn’t say ‘no’ to helping me. I then … Continue reading

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Self reliance is an attitude

I have been an employee in Corporate America for most of my career. I put myself through college by cleaning a department store in the mornings before school and by selling housewares in the same store at night. I got … Continue reading

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British journalist becomes a mechanic for a day

Iain Hollingshead, writing for the Telegraph, decides to test out the theories in a book by Matthew Crawford on the benefits of working with one’s hands. He decides to help his favorite mechanic services his Alpha Romeo: I have a … Continue reading

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Staying grounded through work

Anthony Siino, writing for Chico State’s independent student newspaper, produced a column about the value of hard work and producing something with one’s hands. He encouraged his fellow college students to not get too caught up in the “life of … Continue reading

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Is self-reliance the enemy of specialization?

I came across an interesting article on GuruFocus.com putting economics in very simple terms; ie. our individual survival depends on accumulation of energy, that specialization allowed for more efficient energy collection, and that money represents stored energy: People are creatures … Continue reading

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