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Put Spark and Joy into Your Work and Life

"You don't have to turn into a corporate drone to kick ass in the working world," says our latest guest, Tania Katan, author of Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life.

After more than ten years of smuggling creativity into the business sector without getting busted, Katan is here to tell you that any task or pursuit can be a creative one. You just need to be willing to defy conformity and be ready to conjure imagination anywhere, at any time.

If you're feeling stuck in a dullsville job, a windowless cubicle, or an ill-fitting polyester work shirt, chin up! Katan has been there, too, and she's lived to tell the story. How? By choosing to stand out rather than fit in, to find her light, and to bask in it with all of her quirks and flaws.

Whether you're an entrepreneur seeking new ways to innovate, a newbie trying to spice up routine entry-level work, a free spirit with a rich creative life outside the office looking to bring more of that magic into your job, Katan will show you how to transform monotony into novelty and become more energized in your work and in the world.

Filled with stories of her own shenanigans, from organizing a wrestling match in the middle of an art museum to staging a corporate culture intervention via post-its, and lessons from the rule-breaking exploits of artists, change-makers, and totally legit business leaders alike, this book is an uninhibited guide to using creativity as fuel for a freer and more joyful life.

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Work and Its Future in a Time of Change

Since 1973, our productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. Most of us rank so far below the top earners in the country that the "winners" might as well inhabit another planet.

But work is about much more than earning a living. Work gives us our identity, and a sense of purpose and place in this world. And yet, work as we know it is under siege.

Joining us today to discuss is Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change.

Through exhaustive reporting and keen analysis, The Job reveals the startling truths and unveils the pervasive myths that have colored our thinking on one of the most urgent issues of our day: how to build good work in a globalized and digitalized world where middle class jobs seem to be slipping away.

Traveling from deep in Appalachia to the heart of the Midwestern rust belt, from a struggling custom clothing maker in Massachusetts to a thriving co-working center in Minnesota, Shell presents evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show how our educational system, our politics, and our very sense of self have been held captive to and distorted by outdated notions of what it means to get and keep a good job.

Work, in all its richness, complexity, rewards and pain, is essential for people to flourish. Ellen Ruppel Shell paints a compelling portrait of where we stand today, and points to a promising and hopeful way forward.

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Work Longer

Work Longer

Five years ago, I wrote an article that warned not to place too much emphasis on the
ability to work longer to fund retirement. The risk was abundantly clear: just because
you want to keep toiling, does not mean that you will be able to do so. For some, there
will be physical limitations and for others, there may not be a job. That’s why nudges
like me encourage you to diligently save during your working years.