A story of professional commitments

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It took longer than I expected to fully understand who I am as a professional — the better part of two decades, in fact. At work, the earliest version of me was one aspiring for a quick ascension up the company ladder, filling in knowledge and skill gaps along the way.

I traversed positions on a somewhat normal path, moving from coordinator to manager to director, and so on.

This worked, for a time. The first dozen years of my career were spent navigating interesting-yet-limited roles, largely throughout one particular industry.

And this was the way it went until I…

People can make our lives easier and better

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  • The spouse, partner, friend, or family member who made you breakfast — or the same grouping of people who ate the food you made
  • The person who — with a friendly wave of the hand — let you cross in front of them on the road while driving
  • Your coffee shop barista who nailed today’s triple-whatever latte
  • The person who pointed out that you left your car’s window open
  • Your colleague who held an elevator door to make sure you didn’t miss it
  • The boss who ended a Zoom meeting 15 minutes early
  • The sandwich shop owner who gave you…

And enjoying the view

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It is so simple in fiction, or, at least it appears that way. We notice good characters, bad characters, and characters whose intentions we haven’t yet determined. And even on the latter — or, in fact, with all three characters — the “same page” to which they come presents with three truths:

Their truth,
the “other” truth,
and “the real” truth.

Who are we to know — and how are we to know it — when any character is truly good, bad, or undetermined when we can’t even assume which truth they are living?

In all three characters, and in…

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This is how we measure a memory

Here’s what I learned writing a weekly diatribe for 8 years

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On one unremarkable Wednesday in July 2013, I was feeling particularly sassy.

I had a few minutes of free time in the morning, so I decided to post 10 rants on my Facebook page. These ranged from the physical woes of aging to German words to the badness of Texas’ drivers. The post got a lot of attention and comments, so I decided to repeat the effort one week later.

Still, lots of engagement and response, so I followed suit the following Wednesday. And the Wednesday after that.

And so it went — for eight years.

Over One-Fifth of My Life in My Write Mind

With the exception of…


Your company tells a story about its culture before candidates even meet you

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“Bachelor’s degree or better.”

Consider what you’re telling candidates with words like that.

Before they even interview, candidates begin dissecting your organization’s culture, and one of the spaces where this happens is your job postings.

Bachelor’s degree or better is akin to saying a bachelor’s degree is worse and you may be inviting prospects to close doors on themselves before they even apply.

If you require a Master’s degree, say so.

Even if it’s simply a preference, be more equitable with your language — something like “Bachelor’s degree or higher.”

Pre-boarding starts before you’ve even met your future colleagues, and…

Evan Wildstein

Small southpaw writing about work, levity, and life.

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