The "Squiggle" Approach To Finding A Happy, Fulfilling Career Path

Every business professional struggles at some point with change.

It's one of the trickiest decisions: trying to determine when it is the right time to take small steps in a new direction or the right moment to take one massive leap.

In Mitch Joel's latest book, Ctrl Alt Delete, the well-known new media expert (follow him @mitchjoel), and president of digital marketing agency Twist Image, introduces a new concept: the "squiggle."

What's that? As we discuss in this episode of Dialed, most of us will no longer have a linear career path. In today's new economy, he explains, embracing this change is the only way to survive—or you could soon be out of a job. Joel also shares how one Google executive he met during his business travels taught him the importance of the "blend," the idea that in order to have work-life balance, sometimes you need to create a fluid schedule that makes room for it all.

Joel has his own interpretation of this balance philosophy that he uses to manage his busy life at work and at home, and he claims it's as solid as a three-legged stool.

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  • Syn

    Gauging on majority of the comments on this site, few people seem to be aware that the leading video IS the content of the article. The text portion is more like an "enhanced summary".

  • DS Wadeson

    Tune in this time next week to hear part 2! Maybe...

    Enticing intro to a fuller post - that surely just didn't get copied and pasted into the cms?? Bizarre...

  • Gail Gibson

    This fine article is a breath of fresh air! Why? Because helping people understand how they can blend a working lifestyle is what we teach in our portfolio lifestyle masterclass here in the UK. The changing world of work requires reframed thinking for all to succeed now & into the future. More 'squiggles' the better :)

  • Will Kriski

    I've removed myself from the usual chaos. I do lucrative IT contracts from home here in New Brunswick. I now take many months "off' between contracts to study jazz guitar and enjoy the summer. I have no mortgage, car payments or debt of any kind. No commuting, dressing for work, etc. I'm blown away people aren't asking me how I did this more often. :)