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What a Women with Autism Taught Me About Human Behavior

Published 6 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader,

I hope you're having a great week...

Life Lessons from the Spectrum

I had an incredible conversation with Milanie Grae, whose managed to channel her neurodivergence and fascination with brain science into a writing superpower.

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Unsolicited Career Advice

Last week, a friend contacted me asking for some Career advice.

After 10+ years working for the same University, she was passed over for the Senior role in her department...

Feeling overlooked but not surprised given the dynamics at her workplace, she found herself at a crossroads.

When I inquired about her Plan B, she confessed she didn't have one.

This is not uncommon, but it is a reminder of the importance of building and accruing career leverage.

My advice for anyone seeking more autonomy:

  • Build publicly
  • Stack unique skills
  • Create an online Personal Brand

In a world of rapid change and uncertainty, relying solely on traditional career paths is... risky.

As my friend discovered, years of dedication don't necessarily translate into promotions or recognition. I

  • Invest in yourself
  • Acquire specific skills
  • Make your unique mark

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Talk soon, my friend!

-Mike O’Connor

Hi, I'm Mike!

I've helped thousands of people connect with meaningful Career opportunities and build lives of purpose as a Higher Ed Exec, while side-hustling as a consultant and creator. Since leaving Higher Education, I've learn way more about the Creator economy and started doing Twitter/Solopreneur coaching (which I never expected) and a Podcast - The Actualized Self. As a Coach, my strengths lie in helping clients uncover their unique strengths, overcome their own mental hurdles/blocks, and systematize practices. I love helping clients transition from 9-5 to the Creator Economy; and have been doing more work in that space.

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