Career

Happy, passionate, fulfilling, growth-filled. That’s what I strive for in my own career, and I’m passionate about helping others do the same.

I’ve run the gamut of career experiences: I worked at a political-polling start-up as the first employee (and saw it grow to 30+ and get acquired), I worked at Google for 5+ and saw it grow from 4,000 employees to 30,000, and I recently left Google after five and a half years at the company to pursue life as a solopreneur. During my time at Google I worked for over five years in training, coaching, career development and Authors@Google. I’m also a certified Co-Active Coach who helps people find fulfilling careers they can thrive in – no matter what form that takes.

The posts below are a sampling of my own career experiences, philosophies, and exercises to help you assess what’s next and build a kick-butt career.

Start here: Career Planning and Optimization

My own career path: From Start-up to Google to Solopreneur

You don’t have to pursue your passion full time: Thoughts on side hustles

Philosophy on Career Development


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Written by Melissa Anzman Another goodie request from the Life After College survey! The way you transition within your career sets the tone for your overall success – trust me, I’ve made some big mistakes in this arena. Most people only consider how their first day will go, what they should wear, how they will fit in. But […]

Written by Jenny BlakeMomentum is not a destination, it is a mindset. Punctuated successes—new titles, raises, business milestones, big clients, book deals—are absolutely worth celebrating. But what we are really after is a sense of inertia, velocity, and flow. A feeling of wind in our hair and forward movement in our work. Generating momentum requires a new way […]

Written by Paul Angone If your twenties have gone nothing like you planned – you’re not alone. Career doubts. Crushed dreams. Relationship debacles. Faith struggles. And flat out groan up awkwardness. In my twenties I experienced them all and felt like such a failure. After college I was working a comfortable job, yet I couldn’t shake this […]

By Davis Nguyen Last month, I gave a talk at my high school. During the Q&A session, a student asked me what I did for community service (our high school requires a certain number of hours). In high school I had done more than three times the required amount, but it was the first time […]

Written by Melissa Anzman Being an entrepreneur can feel like a roller coaster ride – sometimes it’s exhilarating and other times it’s scary. Lots of highs and lows. A few weeks ago I started my day like any other, but something was off. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, again. I was […]

Written by Jenny Blake How many of you have felt pressure to define your passion, your life purpose, or a business or blog niche more clearly? There’s so much career and business advice that says, “Whatever you come up with, get even more specific!” More than anything, this has caused me more anxiety than peace. I have always felt […]