Key Takeaways From October: Never Settle. Never Be Satisfied. Stay Hungry.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time – Leo Tolstoy

I'm 28 years old and in my short time on this earth, I've learned that life is rarely fair.

Yet, it goes on. Whether you like it or not, life goes on; and it either moves with or against you.

The battle, then, isn't between you and the world. It's between you and your patience (or your threshold for discomfort, which you have absolute control over).

The only way to win the battle is to not need the outcome.

There's always another way, and holding onto expectations is the greatest threat to your potential.

Once you shift the lens from expectation to acceptance, you guarantee happiness.

When the time comes for you to decide:

Choose pain. Choose growth. Choose to be okay with looking stupid while practicing something until you get it right. It's much better than sitting on the sidelines watching the game, allowing life to pass you by.

The more you practice this mentality, the less you'll see disagreements and setbacks as an attack. Instead, you'll begin to see them as opportunities.

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👋🏻 Hey friend, welcome back!

As we enter November, there's so much to reflect on.

💡 For me, the biggest takeaway of last month is contained in one sentence: swap judgment for silent observation.

A good friend of mine likes to say that the angels are always watching over us, guiding our destinies; that we aren't put into situations that we can't come out of even stronger, so we shouldn't judge the process.

Although I think that we make our own destiny, I concur; and while we may not live on Main Street in Disneyland, we've proven in the last few years that we can get through anything.

Oftentimes, I like to think of life like a puzzle. While each piece on its own may seem odd or out of place at first, all it takes is a little time before you start to see the bigger picture that's forming. 🧩

I'll leave you with a quote I'm reminded of as I write this. It's from Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who said:

Without war, human beings stagnate in comfort and affluence and lose the capacity for great thoughts and feelings, they become cynical and subside into barbarism.

So, without further ado...

📃 Here's what I'd like to discuss today.

→ 📄 Best Google Docs résumé templates.

→ 👩🏻‍💻 5 Websites That'll Save You Time.

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1. Best Google Docs résumé templates

I don't know about you, but I find the process of writing résumés somewhat fun (although it can become tedious). 

They may be an outdated form of self-glorification that leaves lots of room for lies and exaggerations, but they're an opportunity for you to understand and sell the best parts of yourself, (if you're honest).

What have you done in the last few years, and what have been the results of your actions?

Personally, I think that we should all move to a “résumés are so 1980s. Show me who you are in a video” method, but many companies aren't there yet.

Nevertheless, they're an integral part of your hunt for a better life that begins with choosing a career you want to learn and grow into; so while I can't promise to make writing résumés fun for you, I can share what has helped me.

Have you heard the saying, “it's not what you say but how you say it”? The same holds true for your résumé, whether we're talking about how it's written or its design and layout.

Here are 5 of my favorite Google Docs templates for résumés.

Basic observations:

  • When talking about your professional experiences: focus exclusively on the things you've done. Avoid talking about what your team was responsible for or what the company does.

    • Your experiences should highlight achievements, not just duties. What specific tasks did you complete? What is the implication of what you're saying? Include results/metrics.

      • For example: instead of writing “built a website” (duty), write: “built a website with over 5,000 daily active readers” (duty + achievement). 

  • Avoid writing “references available upon request”, if possible. Hiring managers are busy; don't make them feel forced to ask you for them.

  • Condense your résumé. One page is ideal. Two pages are okay if you have extraordinary experiences. Otherwise, you:

    • have shown an over-exaggerated sense of importance to experiences that don't provide a new perspective.

    •  Reek of desperation.

  • Do not put your education at the top. Hiring managers are looking for relevant experiences and keywords. If the first thing they see is a bunch of school information (which is irrelevant at the time), they'll be more inclined to skip your résumé and move on.

  • Include extracurriculars!

  • Build a website or an online portfolio. This increases visibility, credibility, and opportunity. Include it in your résumé. This not only strengthens your soft skills but shows that you're a creative self-starter.

2. Websites That'll Save You Time

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TempMail allows you to generate a temporary e-mail address so that you can sign up for any website without giving away your personal information.

To all of you self-starters out there who want to change the world, this website is for you. It compiles successful marketing campaigns so that you can find inspiration for your next project or Startup. Don't reinvent the wheel. Improve it.

TinyWow is a free all-in-one file conversion and editing tool, and there are so many ways to utilize it.

Convert files, edit images and videos, modify, unlock, and e-sign PDFs, trace URLs, create memes, repair defects, convert audio files, and so much more.

TinyWow is the powerhouse of cloud-based productivity tools.

Whether you're a content creator looking for a flexible tool or someone who wants to learn the ropes, Kapwing allows you to easily create, edit, and grow your content on every channel.

If you want to improve your sales with email marketing, look no further.

MailCharts helps you create more engaging, evidence-based email and SMS campaigns.

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If gathering my thoughts for this article taught me anything, it's that a pinnacle state to live in is simultaneous gratitude and hunger. Your existence in one state should not be paired with a lack of the other.

You can be successful and still want more for yourself; because the moment you think you're done learning is the moment you stop growing and evolving as a human.

Until next time. 😁