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I’m sure it’s happened to you: You’re in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view. He pushes back, so you go into overdrive to convince everyone you’re right. It feels like an out-of-body experience. In terms of its neurochemistry, your brain has been hijacked.
Hard work may pay off, but there’s a big difference between tackling a difficult task and putting in a lot of hours. Cal Newport, assistant professor at Georgetown University, decided to look at the work habits of talented people and found that busier wasn’t better. In fact, it was much worse than limited, focused work.
Panel interviews, where you face a gauntlet of people sitting around a table waiting to pepper you with questions, can be disarming and difficult. The best way to deal with these groups is to start a conversation among the members of the panel while you answer their questions. Doing so can give you valuable insight into what working at the company is like from several different points of view.
Why is everybody so concerned about work-life balance? According to one urban legend, based on 1950s pop psychology, workaholics are greedy and selfish people who are bound to die from a heart attack. Not really. As the great David Ogilvy once said: “Men die of boredom, psychological conflict, and disease. They do not die of hard work.” This is especially true if your work is meaningful.