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How to not self-destruct


A famous person emailed me to ask about personality type. I don’t get a lot of emails from famous people.

Finding a mate isn’t luck. It’s about setting a goal and reaching it.


Photographer Dita Pepe has a series of photographs where she shows what she’d turn into with the different types of men she could could have married.

Your job will be good if you have a friend at work


As a bulimic in college, the cafeteria was my focal point. At first, it was where I gained fifteen pounds.

How to balance your business and your family


Some days I am gung ho about entrepreneurship and I’m spending the day with my kids while money comes in from my blog and my coaching and I think “I’m great, I’m living the 4-hour workweek,” and for one minute I forget that I hate Tim Ferriss.

Career trajectory of the fast-rising star


My husband, a fourth-generation farmer, tells me that when the tractor was invented, farmers who spent their lives learning to be great with horses had to rely on young farmers who understood machinery.

4-Day course: How to start an online business


This course includes four days of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this course for anytime, on-demand access.

A fresh view of feminism for 2015


I am a child of the feminist revolution. My mom tells me this story. She hated being home with kids. She always dreamed she’d be a journalist.

Self-sufficiency is overrated


I spend a lot of time complaining to my husband that he never leaves the farm. When I was dating him I thought it was charming that he talked about how “city traffic is exhausting” when he was driving in Madison, WI.

Penelope’s best posts of 2014


Here they are: The five posts from 2014 that had the most readers. What does it really mean to work full time?

2014 was the end of the workplace revolution


When I started writing about careers we were at the beginning of a huge revolution. It makes sense, then, that I spent so much time trying to not write about careers.

A celebration of failed New Year’s resolutions


The pressure is mounting for the New Year’s resolutions posts. First is the flurry of pitches from public relations firms that want to get their clients into the press.

Q&A With Penelope. About work. Or something approximating that.


On a good day I would tell you that I have my own startup and a successful blog and I work from home.

5 Cover letter mistakes that make you look crazy


Melissa and I are in a hotel room in New York City to meet with a guy who has a lot of money and wants to do a makeup line.

You have to fail to move forward


Kate and I are getting acclimated to each other. I am used to how when I was coaching Kate she thought everything I said was genius.

4-Day webinar with Penelope: Make money selling your ideas


The course will be Mon. Dec. 15 through Thurs. Dec. 18 at 8pm EST. It’s $195. But if you sign up before Dec.

7 ways to have a good marriage


Staying married is important for your career. If you’re the breadwinner, and you have kids but get divorced, you will need to earn enough money for two households instead of one.

Career paths that provide the most stability


I spent a lot of the last decade writing about what each generation wants from a job. I wrote for Time magazine that Generation Y wants engagement.

What type of woman should freeze her eggs?


Apple and Facebook announced that the companies will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. It’s a great company policy.

What type of woman who should freeze her eggs?


Apple and Facebook announced that the companies will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. It’s a great company policy.

How to love the job you have right now: Focus on one good thing


I am coaching Kate. She is 19 and she wants help with her resume. I do not have her resume in front of me, but it’s okay.


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