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Reconciling the Real World May 1, 2007

Posted by Brad in College.

Coming out of college, today’s students are faced with some distinct realities. More and more students are struggling with the balance between what they want to do and what they need to do to stay afloat and increasing numbers are simply refusing to settle for the latter. Much has been written about this balance but a few standout. As someone who has been contemplating this a lot lately here are some of the things I have found most helpful.

The Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk is a former corporate worker who has done extensive thinking into the subject of a balanced life and is one of the few out there who are actively, consciously, and thoughtfully taking steps to do something about it. Her blog should be required reading for anyone but especially those just starting out into the world after graduation.


The tongue in cheek title of this blog should not take away from the content that’s provided within. In the absence of a real life mentor Mr. Sethi would be a good online starting point. Ramit takes the time to logically organize and disperse tips on how to face the difficult battle between finance and enjoyment in the real world while producing some sound financial advice and providing some great tips for entrepreneurs at the same time.

Feld Thoughts

For the entrepreneur, Feld gives interesting insights into the world of venture capital and high tech entrepreneurship along with some poignant writings on business and life as well. If you’re looking for inspiration check this blog out its always good to see how the mind works of someone who’s already “been there and done that.”

In the vein of inspirational blogs that everyone should read, Ben Casnocha’s might take the take. Ben has done more than most and hasn’t even entered college yet. His blog possess a personal and conversational tone and is a great look into the mind of one of America’s most fascinating young entrepreneurial minds.

Life of Meaning

Steven Tomlinson’s Blog may be quite different from what you expect out of a blog but it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. The blog consists of one post; one very long post that should be read over and over again. Tomlinson’s discussion of the balance between passion and career comes from a high school commencement address given in 2002 and while this may seem interesting and trivial, readers should be slow to dismiss these words coming from one of the instructors at what is arguably the worlds most innovative and rigorous entrepreneurially focused business school; The Acton School of Business in Austin.


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