We All Have 3 Basic Career Paths to Choose. How Do We Decide?

Navigating career paths seems like an overwhelming task nowadays, no matter what professional niche you’re in. There is so much information, opportunities that seem endless but contradictory, a wealth of advice and career coaching that goes in widely different directions, and so on. [Read more…]

Top Celebrities Net Worth: How Much They Make or are Worth?

Reality TV and all forms of media coverage on the lives of celebrities often provide us with a peek inside the lives of the rich and the powerful (along with celebrities net worth). The type of curious attraction which these lavish displays cast upon the viewer is strange but perfectly normal if you think about it. Whenever we get a glimpse of how rich the rich truly are, we feel more or less amazed, envious, outraged or proud (depending on how we feel about this celebrity in the first place, probably). In order to slightly change our usual topic from the average salaries of the majority towards the shockingly high net worth of celebrities (or at least some of them), we decided to put together this top. [Read more…]

The 2015 Top 15 Fictional Character NetWorth Values

We’re all fascinated with the world of celebrity gossip and article reports about celebrity networth analysis, way more often than we’d like to admit. It’s one of the guilty pleasures of living in the media-infested world, and if we thought about it harder, we’d come to realize that it isn’t even such a bad thing. It’s important to keep track of people’s fortunes once they are in the public eye, as long it doesn’t breach any privacy limits, for more than one reason. First of all, for economic reasons, or simply if you’re interested in showbiz, it’s good to have a clear idea about how much you could make and how (at least in theory). Check out this list of fictional character networth to find out exactly what you’re not doing right in life. [Read more…]

Texas President Surprises by Negotiating a Lower Salary

It often happens (especially since the financial crisis of the 2000’s) that people criticize what they perceive as unjustifiably large salaries for top positions in public institutions. What noticeably occurs less often is the exact opposite: one of these aforementioned people brings up the issue themselves. Nevertheless, in a shocking move that is still creating ripples across the American academic environment, Gregory Fenves, the incoming University of Texas at Austin president has done just that. His criticism wasn’t contained to an interview or academic paper either. Instead, he broached the subject in the actual talks regarding his remuneration where he decided to break with tradition by negotiating a lower salary. [Read more…]

Dangers of Crowdsourcing Online Career Advice in a Job Hunt

These days, we always hear and read about how social media is such a great tool to help further your career. Using your online profiles can help you find the job of your dreams when you’re looking for one. The truth may be so in a few cases, but the other side of the coin is that social media can be dangerous to your professional image when used incorrectly. This is yet another reason why you shouldn’t follow the online career advice you find floating around the web indiscriminately (even though this post falls into this category as well). Of course, there are still good pieces of online career advice, but you should take everything with a grain of salt and consider if the advice really fits your personal situation or not. [Read more…]

Do You Need To Set Better Boundaries in Your Work Life?

Stress-of-WorkThis might seem like counter-intuitive advice for all us out there who know that in order to succeed, we need to give it our best. No matter if our frame of work is an entry-level job in which we don’t plan to spend too much time, or the top job of our dreams, or building our own start-up brick by brick, we’ve been told countless times that we need to give it 110% and giving it any less than that is a mistake. While not arguing for a low involvement and a superficial attitude about work, we need to see if maybe these imperatives aren’t sometimes understood wrongly as allowing your career stress to take over your mind and ultimately your life. This kind of allowing things to get out of hand can lead to an improper work-life balance that ends up sabotaging both your career and your personal life. It’s no secret that while a sufficient work ethic can still be a problem for some people, there are many others who take it too seriously and end up endangering their health and well-being while sacrificing everything for work. Here’s what you need to know about a healthier approach to this balance and about recognizing the signs that you need to set better boundaries.

What Is an Ideal Balance in One’s Work Life

Even if you attain some kind of success while not setting good boundaries between your work life and personal life, you will not be able to maintain it in satisfying ways. Setting and enforcing boundaries in a daily manner is a basic well-being skill. Unfortunately, understanding this is often not a given, but needs to be learned later into adulthood. The messages and lessons that we receive from our mentors in the first part of our lives (childhood and adolescence) is that we need to just succumb to external authority and be as available and possible. In very few cases people teach you that you need to set better boundaries.

An ideal balance between the career and the personal aspects of life is one where you don’t feel too uncomfortable about the spare time you have left (like having enough time for sustaining your well-being through sleep, personal grooming and such other basic needs) or uncomfortable about the tasks you need to perform and the work relations in your job environment. For example, if you feel like your boss is having an abusive attitude towards you or asks you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable, you clearly have imbalance issues and need to set better boundaries.

A Few Signs That You Need to Set Better Boundaries

Feeling poorly about going to work every day is a clear sign that something is amiss. If you find yourself experiencing a strong sense of dissatisfaction about your job and being in that environment, perhaps it’s time to start asking yourself why. Does being in that place put you in uncomfortable positions in any way? For example, do you ever feel that you may be your team’s scapegoat or anything like that?

If your answers are positive, then you need to set better boundaries, because these kinds of things don’t get to happen just by themselves. You may not like to hear this, but it takes two to tango and you’re the co-author of everything that happens to you. In one way or another, you’ve given the impression that it’s ok for others to put you in these uncomfortable positions. But it’s not too late to start changing that, if you need to set better boundaries between yourself and your work environment. Take it one step at a time and remember that it’s never too late to regain your work-life balance.

Don’t Become Your Team’s Scapegoat: 3 Strategies

Two businesswomen interrogating a man.

Unfortunately, very often, when things don’t run as smoothly as expected or exactly as planned, group dynamics push the people within to look for a scapegoat to blame it on. This may be perpetrated by otherwise very decent people, simply because while in a group, our moral senses are somewhat modified and subjected to the aforementioned group dynamics. This tendency to find a scapegoat to push the blame onto may especially occur in work environments crippled by bad management practices (either the boss is too rough/severe or everything is too lax until the last moment/deadline). It’s good to focus on becoming a better team player all-together, but if it comes to that situation where people are looking for a scapegoat, here’s how to avoid getting dragged into the whole mess in the wrong position (having the blame be put on you).

1. Be known among the highly efficient.

The more respected you are, the less suited for the position of the scapegoat you become. In other words, people are less inclined to put the blame on you for something that goes amiss, simply because the rumor wouldn’t be very plausible with you in that role. Make sure you make your merits well-known each time you score points (try not to boast, though). But if you ever are really to blame for something, don’t try to deny it: own up to your mistakes as yet another sign of your professional integrity.

2. Warn about potential problems.

Also, as often as you can, try to advise others about potential concerns and speak up when you notice that something may go wrong with the way things currently are. That way, even if the general strategy does remain somewhat the same, in the even that things do go wrong at some point, you may at least say ‘I told you so’. It’s not nice to avoid blame by placing it on others, and good communication at the workplace should always be about finding solutions rather than placing blame, but if blame is going to be placed anyway, then it’s less likely for the person who warned about the problem to be found guilty and more likely for the ones who heard about it and changed nothing.

3. Try not to get on anyone’s bad side.

Try not to upset anyone by treating them unfairly, by gloating at their failures or by boasting your success and so on. Having enemies is always a bad idea, but that doesn’t mean that you should make friends at work either. Keeping things impersonal is always the best idea, but to make sure you aren’t viewed negatively try to avoid anything that might cast an unfavorable light on you or attract the wrong kind of attention. For instance, try to never gossip, even if it might earn you a few short-time friends. Trust us, these are not the kind of friends you want, and being viewed as generally trustworthy and competent is way more important than being part of a clique. If you ever witness a situation where someone is being scapegoated, try to speak out in their favor and to get everyone to focus on the solution to the problem rather on perpetrating this kind of tension. Also, from that point on, try to stay as far away of the scapegoater as possible, so you don’t become a viable target for a person with such practices.

Scapegoating (or work bullying) is considered among the worst plagues of today’s work environment, with negative effects both to the individual and to the company’s productivity.  There are even organizations that deal solely with this problem, trying to raise awareness of it and to promote its prevention. So, if you can, try to speak up when you notice someone else being targeted as the one to blame by default in your company. And for self-protection, apply our 3 strategies so you don’t become your team’s scapegoat. Good luck!

What’s the Social Network’s Impact on Your Career? Dos and Don’ts

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We’ve previously discussed the myth that Facebook may destroy careers, highlighting its plausibility and its exaggerations. But social networks comprise much more than Facebook, and the impact (both positive and negative) that they may have on your career is inestimable, especially in the good way. No progress was ever achieved without making the most out of one’s resources, and one’s social circle is among the most valuable resources out there.

What counts as ‘social network’?

Many users ask us questions like “Does Linkedin actually count as a social network or only sites like Facebook count because you can have fun on them, too?”. As understandable as the inquiry may be, let’s make something clear: technically, your social network doesn’t just include your online circle, but your offline one as well, provided you’re able to get in contact with all people in it, even if you’re not actively in touch.

All the people you have known and currently know, which you interact with or with whom you could interact with, if you wanted, comprise your social circle. That includes your elementary school colleagues, the friends of your parents and their children, people you met at a temporary job and added online but haven’t stayed in touch with, old friends, new friends, your current colleagues and so on, no matter if they’re online or not.

How can the social network impact your career?

Since you can’t really exist outside your social network, it is bound to have an impact on your career in all stages of it. The desirability of that impact can vary, but here are, in short, the most common ways things can unfold.

  • You can find jobs easier through acquaintances, or help others find jobs you don’t want for yourself.
  • You can compare jobs or working fields easier, so you know better if you are earning as much as you could by migrating to a different branch and so on.
  • You can find out more about potential collaborators, employers or employees and colleagues: their previous work background, common issues etcetera.
  • You can prove your commitment to your field and your involvement in a new job’s specific issues by offering a glimpse into your social networking background.
  • You could make our individual project or entrepreneur initiative more known by promoting it in the social network. That could attract funding, awards or at least more publicity.
  • Of course, your social network could also easily have a negative impact on your career if you use it carelessly or in an unprofessional manner. Read on for a few dos and don’ts.

Dos and Don’ts to Maximize your Social Network’s Potential for Your Career

  • Be careful to only promote a professionally desirable image of yourself through social networking. No need to become an insufferable know-it-all, but refrain from posting (or allowing others to post) images of you drunk or in other such unflattering poses.
  • Befriend as many different people from different environments as possible. According to a sociological theory called ‘the strength of weak ties’, the further a person is from your close circle, the more it is likely to find out about a new opportunity from them.
  • Create the image of an expert by posting about 1 in 5 articles about your field of work. If more than 1 in 5 articles linked by you is a piece of news related to your field, your profile may seem specifically designed to maintain your job persona. If the articles are any less, they won’t have the desired impact, so 1 in 5 is the ideal ratio.
  • Don’t be caught off-guard browsing social networks from your work place or any such other professional faux-pas.
  • Don’t neglect the offline component: to help your social network have a greater impact on your career, go to frequent coffee meetings, tell people that you’re looking for a job even if they’re just acquaintances, and promote your work and skills when you have the chance and so on.

15 Kids Who Are Way Richer Than You

Remember being a kid? How $10 felt like a fat stack and $100 seemed like a million? Well, these 15 kids cannot identify. Prepare to feel outrageously underpaid.  These kids are rich

15. Angus Jones, 17: Two and a Half Men

NET WORTH: $10 Million

HOW HE MADE IT: As the “Half” in Two and a Half Men, Angus is the highest paid kid on TV.  He’s had the role since he was 10, and now makes $250,000 per episode.

WHAT’S NEXT: Jones wants to go to college, but isn’t sure if he wants to continue acting after “Men.”  With a $10 million bankroll at such a young age, can you blame him?

14. Jaden Smith, 12: The Karate Kid

NET WORTH: $8 Million

HOW HE MADE IT: Jaden’s hit the scene in 2006 alongside his father, Will Smith, in The Pursuit of Happyness. This year, his fame and bank account blew up with the 2010 smash The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan.

WHAT’S NEXT: His next acting project is Justin Beiber’s Never Say Never (see #2 on this list), followed by Amulet in 2012 with his sister, Willow.  Do we have a new Fresh Prince?

13. The Jackson Kids, 8, 12, 13: Michael Jackson

NET WORTH: $33 Million Each

HOW THEY MADE IT: At the time of his tragic death, the King of Pop was worth an estimated $300 million.  Via trust fund, Prince (13), Paris (12), and Blanket (8) will receive a combined 40% of his estate.

WHAT’S NEXT: As future MJ merchandise sales help fortunes grow, Prince and Paris have vowed to reclaim Neverland Ranch as a shrine for their father and make it a “community park and center for animals.”  What sweethearts.

12. Rico Rodriguez, 12: Modern Family

NET WORTH: $4 Million

HOW HE MADE IT: Rico makes $20,000 per episode to play the bold and hilarious Manny on ABC’s Modern Family. At the age of six, he moved to LA to support his sister’s acting dream, but he ended up in the spotlight.

WHAT’S NEXT: Though there’s plenty of life left in his current role, he’d dreams of someday playing an action role with Tobey Maguire in a Die Hard type movie.

11. Miranda Cosgrove, 17: iCarly

NET WORTH: $7 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: As the star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly sinse 2007, Miranda earns $180,000 per episode.  Her success carries off screen, as she signed with Neutrogena as a child ambassador in February 2010.

WHAT’S NEXT: She would love to attend New York University, but her father wants her to stay nearby LA at his alma mater, USC.  Even celebrity kids have to deal with the parental units.

10. Fatima Ptacek, 10: Fasion Model

NET WORTH: $1 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: Fatima makes $250,000 a year modeling for Ralph Lauren, Benetton, and The Gap.   She’s starred in over 50 television commercials and even appeared on Saturday Night Live and alongside Michelle Obama on Sesame Street.

WHAT’S NEXT: Along with modeling, the “Princess of New York” is the’s 15th ranked gymnast in New York state and dreams of someday competing in the Olympics.

9. Nick Jonas, 18: Jonas Brothers

NET WORTH: $12 Million

HOW HE MADE IT: Discovered at 6, hit broadway at 7, signed a record deal at 11; this kid is the poster child for success.  In 2005, brothers Joe and Kevin signed on and began selling out shows across the country.

WHAT’S NEXT: Nick continues to write chart topping singles and star in musicals, and has added film and television to his resume.  On a personal note, Nick also wears a purity ring, pledging abstinence until marriage.  Now that’s sacrifice.

8. Selena Gomez, 18: Wizards of Waverly Place

NET WORTH: $4 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: This girl is busy.  Since her TV career debut on Barney at age 7, she’s tacked on music (lead singer, The Scene), movies (Beezus), philanthropy (UNICEF ambassador), and entrepreneurship (film production).  In her current role on Wizard, she makes $30,000 per episode.

WHAT’S NEXT: She is in the process of launching her own fashion line, “Dream Out Loud”, which will feature eco-friendly, bohemian clothing.  How does she do it?

7. The Sprouse Twins, 18: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

NET WORTH: $16 Million

HOW THEY MADE IT: Dylan and Cole first starred as Julian (a.k.a. Frankenstein) in Big Daddy.  Nowadays, they earn $40,000 per episode as the heartthrobs of Disney.  They’ve appeared on the cover of People and started their own clothing line and publishing company.

WHAT’S NEXT: With their Disney tenures coming to an end, both brothers have been accepted to NYU and will begin their studies in the fall of 2011.  You can bet they’ll have fun.

6. Tyler James Williams, 18: Everybody Hates Chris

NET WORTH: $1.2 Million

HOW HE MADE IT: Tyler plays the childhood version of Chris Rock, and he plays it well.  The show has received rave reviews, and was chosen for syndication in 2009, which means that royalties, and notoriety, will continue to pour in.

WHAT’S NEXT: Williams will make his move into film in the 2011 comedy We the Peoples. He still hasn’t bought his first car and is trying to decide what college to attend.  With unlimited options for both, he virtually can’t go wrong.

5. Abigail Breslin, 14: Little Miss Sunshine

NET WORTH: $12 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: Abigail began acting at age 3, got her first major role in Signs at 6, and at 14 she’s already been in 16 movies.  Despite making over $2 million per movie, her allowance is just $13 per week, which she uses for jewelry and CD’s.

WHAT’S NEXT: Her next project is the star-studded New Years Eve (2011).  Despite being 14, she’s already made plans to attend college at NYU, and claims to have already picked her apartment and roommate.  What a forward thinker!

4. India Rose James, 18: Granddaughter

NET WORTH: $58 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: When English pornography publisher Paul Raymond passed in 2008, India and her sister Fawn became the primary beneficiaries of his billion dollar estate.

WHAT’S NEXT: On her 21st birthday India will receive $230,000, and the rest will be held in a trust fun until she’s 25, when she will become one of Britain’s richest women.   She and Fawn plan to use the riches for charity projects.  Making up for all that porn are we?

3. Dakota Fanning, 16: War of the Worlds

NET WORTH: $16 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: Showing extreme maturity at a very young age, Dakota starred in major films like as Man on FireWar of the Worlds, and Charlotte’s Web, earning over $4 million per film.  But how much allowance does she get?  “$0 a week,” she says.  “My parents want me to help because I want to.”

WHAT’S NEXT: She will continue her role as Jane Volturi in the ongoing Twilight saga.  She says she loves playing an evil character since it’s different from her previous roles.  She will also attend college, but is not sure where.

2. Justin Beiber, 16: My World 2.0

NET WORTH: $25.5 Million

HOW HE MADE IT: Born to a single mother in Ontario, Canada, Beiber taught himself piano, drums, trumpet and guitar. At 13, he began posting covers on YouTube.  He was spotted by Usher, and the rest is history.  Today, he pulls in over $300,000 per concert.

WHAT’S NEXT: 16 year old Beiber is perfectly positioned for a long career in superstardom.  His MTV film, Never Say Never, is set to release this February.  Both his popularity, and his net worth, are set to explode.

1. Miley Cyrus, 18: Hannah Montana

NET WORTH: $120 Million

HOW SHE MADE IT: Smiley Miley rose to fame as Hannah Montana, the Disney kid with a double life.  In 2009, Hannah Montana: The Movie earned $34 million in just one weekend!  Along with TV, film, and music, she now has her own Walmart clothing line.

WHAT’S NEXT: Miley is in the process of transitioning her image into adulthood.  In May, she announced that she’ll be passing up college to focus on her career.  And when you’ve banked $120 million before legal adulthood, you can do that.