Belle’s Workday Reading: September 10, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
My first semester of law school is over. It was the most humbling 10-weeks of my life. I spent most of it certain that I would be lucky to find myself in the thickest part of the bell curve. If I graduated today, I would be in the top 10-percent of my class, magna cum laude. But it’s not good enough.
If you learn nothing else from me, I want you to learn this: Be just as motivated by success, as you are by failure.
When you reach your goal, don’t sit down and admire the view. Look at the horizon and think of a new goal, a bigger goal. You define what success will be for you. You can always go further and reach higher if you are willing to do the work and be accountable for the outcome.
It always seems impossible, until it’s done.
1) Washington Post has a piece on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. It’s an interesting read, but I hate when journalists refer to women as “brainy.” When was the last time that word was used to describe a man? It’s irritating that a woman’s intelligence and knowledge needs to be repackaged in an adjective that sounds less powerful so that she can be beloved by the masses.
3) Does the life you have in first grade predict how the rest of your life–education, career, family– will go?
4) I’m in the market for some non-suit jacket blazers. This gorgeous (gorgeous, I say), pale purple blazer from J.Crew has me hooked. I also like this inexpensive tweed blazer from Forever21. But this Topshop blazer with a dramatic peplum is my favorite.
5) Attention Road Warriors: Slate has an amazing article on why you should dress well when traveling. “The competently dressed individual stands apart as a beacon of civilized life, an island of class amid a swamp of schlumps.” It’s like the author read my thoughts.
6) It’s almost cold and flu season. Thanks be that Theraflu is finally back on drugstore shelves. It’s the only OTC medicine that has ever made me feel better. (I can cancel that emergency run to Mexico for cold medicine.)
7) I never get tired of articles about crazy things people say in job interviews. This post from Levo League has some doozies from people who still managed to get the job.
8) Calvin Klein has some fantastic pieces for the office. I love this tie-front blouse. This charcoal business suit is affordable and perfectly professional. I also love this cowl-neck sheath dress. If you need a few mid-price basics, definitely have a look.
9) Lifehacker offers advice on how to be resilient in the face of rejection.
10) This Vince cardigan in the pale grey is so good. It’s perfect for the plane. Perfect for casual Friday. Perfect for keeping warm in a chilly office. Why can’t it also be perfectly priced?
11) The Boss Mag offer the WORST advice ever given for how to find a mentor. E-mailing Hillary Clinton and begging her to be your spirit guide is a really terrible way to go looking for someone to help shape your career. The chances of success are obscenely low, and even if you do hear back from her, how often do you think she’ll be available to take your calls?