Four-day webinar with Penelope: Networking for people who hate networking

This webinar includes four days of of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this webinar for anytime, on-demand access. The cost is $195. If you purchase in the next five days the price is $145.  Buy now! I...

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Penelope Trunk

founded four startups. Her most recent is Quistic. Her career advice runs in more than 200 newspapers. She lives in Wisconsin and homeschools her sons ...


  • Coaching

    What Startup Life is Really Like

    Brazen Careerist is my third startup. People ask me all the time why I gave up my position as CEO. If you knew what startup life was really like, you would ask me why I was CEO for as long...

  • Careers

    Voices of the defenders of grad school. And me crushing them.

    It’s pretty well established that non-science degrees are not necessary for a job. In fact, the degrees cost you too much money, require too long of a commitment, and do not teach you the real-life skills they promise. Yet, I...

  • Education

    School commute times ruin family life

    During one of my eight-hour trips to and from Chicago for cello lessons it occurred to me that I am part of a larger trend where parents are giving up their family time in exchange …



  • What Gen Yers don't know about themselves

    Now that I'm not the CEO of Brazen Careerist, I don't have to be the national cheerleader for Generation Y. I fantasized about this moment for years: the moment when I'd write the post titled, 10 Things I Hate about...

  • How to pick a career you’ll like

    Most career problems stem from the fact that we are terrible at picking jobs. We think we are picking a good job and then it turns out to be a bad job. It’s almost impossible to pick a good job...

  • Living up to your potential is BS

    The idea that we somehow have a certain amount of potential that we must live up to is a complete crock. People who say they are not living up to their potential do not understand what living means. Life is...

  • Blueprint for a woman's life

    When I drive, I have arguments with people in my head. I think of someone who does not realize how smart I am about what I am smart about, and I go on tirades to show them how misguided they...