As kids we dream of being professional video gamer testers and Lego builders. But usually by the time it comes time to choose a career path, reality sets in and we choose something more realistic like sales.
But there are some out there that have carved out careers for themselves that only our inner kids could dream up, and they’re proving that you can actually have fun making your living.
So if you’re searching for inspiration to go for that career move super-serious folks would wag their fingers at, here are some jobs that will make your inner child jealous:
Kristin Muhlner is the CEO of NewBrand Analytics, which helps companies monitor social media chatter about them. She also has mastered the art of saying no, resolutely refusing to become overextended in all corners of her life. Fast Company caught up with Muhlner to learn how to wiggle out of networking, email, and even—gasp!—charitable work.
"I would much rather be in a business with an asshole that I love and trust, than an asshole who’s going to fuck me."
It’s that sort of extreme honesty that has helped super-close friends Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman succeed in the brutal restaurant industry with their New York City-based Meatball Shop. But it hasn’t always been easy, as that Chernow quip implies. First they had to land on the right idea (drunk people love meatballs!). Then they had to survive the always-tough opening run (they did and inspired a CBS sitcom in the process!). Then they had to survive each other. That’s where things get interesting.
Here’s a fun exercise. By combining niceties like Internet data speed, the cost of housing and food, and local weather conditions, NomadList has tallied up a list of the best places on Earth from which to work remotely. The top 10?
We took the Cadillac ELR out for a spin in Manhattan with Pam Fletcher, the executive chief engineer at GM for electric vehicles. The ELR has a 5.5’ battery in the chassis and a small gasoline engine up front. It also can be plugged in, making it a true plug-in hybrid.
"The ELR is the ultimate design statement: a luxury coupe, that, oh by the way, happens to be an electric car,” says Fletcher. With a nine-gallon tank and a total range of 380 miles, 37 of which are electric, the ELR is certainly eco-friendly. But is the price tag justified? Fast Company's Chris Dannen finds out.
“Email is relentless. There’s no break. You’re on this treadmill. You’re trying to stay on top of your email, which really means staying on top of the tasks that you’re being asked to do on email, but then you keep getting more and more email which represents more and more tasks.”
Business leaders pay a great deal of attention to communication. Mastering what you need to say and how you need to say it are important factors if you’re going to be an effective communicator. However, one element of spoken communication is often overlooked—the way you speak.
We’ve all heard people whose voices are too grating, soft, or fake. Some people’s speech is so unpleasant that they undermine the speaker’s message entirely. However, you can take steps to improve the quality, tone, and expression of your voice, and how you express yourself vocally. It just takes a little know-how and practice.