Episode Number 39Mitch Joel on Career Squiggles

How awesome is Mitch Joel? Awesome enough to stop by The Work Talk Show virtual studios for the second time in less than a year. This time the Twist Image president, Six Pixels of Separation blogger, and podcast host was here to talk about his newly released book Ctrl Alt Delete. The book is about both rebooting your business and your life. It builds on some of the big themes Joel first brought up last fall including why you should embrace your squiggles.

Show Notes

As it turns out, the night before we recorded this podcast Mitch had done a book launch event at Google's New York headquarters featuring a conversation between him and former Work Talk Show guest Seth Godin. Afterwards, he ran into Mel Brooks. As Mitch said, "Mel Brooks?! What can you say?!" Following the standard promotional tour pattern, Joel quickly wrapped up his time with Google, Seth Godin, and Mel Brooks to join us on The Work Talk Show.

With DJ out on assignment, Nick flew solo as Joel took us through the popular themes that emerge in Ctrl Alt Delete. Regarding work-life balance? "I don't even know what to say to those people," Mitch offered as only he could, while supporting a focus on work-life blend. On traditional career paths? Too often we think there's this "45 degree angle of upward success." Simply look at the careers of most successful people and you can see they're full of squiggles.

As Joel notes in the book, "Why should your career today be based on a decision you made at age 16 with your high school guidance counselor?" Our career paths look more different and are less linear now — they squiggle instead! We need to embrace this in our lives. Joel also invites us to adopt the "hacker's mindset." More than the simple coding definition, Mitch sees this as a relentless focus on finding solutions that are faster and often messier along the way.

For shout-outs and shameless plugs, Nick reminded listeners about his 10-state research study, Social Scene Midwest, which is looking at digital trends of businesses and individuals in the Midwest. Mitch invited us to check out Ctrl Alt Delete.

Until next week, we'll see you on the Internet!

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