Own Your Value: Increase Your Perceived Worth [Video + Worksheet]

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Like it or not, you are constantly communicating what you’re worth. In any professional environment, you’re constantly giving subtle, unconscious cues on how people should regard your status, work, time, and talent. A lot of this is in our control; it just takes conscious effort to become aware and then refine what we’re putting out into the professional world. Most personal value advice focuses on literal valuation: researching and negotiating salary and compensation. In my popular talk, “Own Your Value,” I break down three major ways to increase your value: owning your voice, owning your work, and owning your time. Here […]

October 2019: Approaching Politics

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Even though we’re over a year out from the next U.S. presidential election, we’re already inundated with reports of candidates, campaigns, and controversy. We’ve barely had a breather, and here we are avoiding the 24-hour news cycle again like it’s November 2016. Even if we can find a way to opt out of the minute-by-minute ticker tape of speculation and developments, to live in a society is to deal with politics. We each decide on a level of participation on the political spectrum, from habits of avoidance to a lifetime of public service. Eventually, politics demand interaction, if not on voting […]

10 Lessons from 10 Years of Being My Own Boss

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As of this month, I’ve been my own boss for 10 years. TEN YEARS! I deserve a promotion. It wasn’t my original plan. I was laid off during the recession, and ended up landing freelance clients. In order to start a business bank account, I had to form an LLC, and thus Pressler Collaborative was born. I hate working from home, so I rented an office. (Fun fact: I was the very first person to move into the first WeWork on their opening day!) With an address and a bank account, things were starting to feel pretty official. I’ve worked […]

August 2019: Lifestyle Choices

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Pregame members aren’t known for taking the simpler path. As creators, entrepreneurs, and all-around ambitious individuals, we’ve consciously chosen lifestyles that don’t always follow the norm. As such, we’re presented with particular challenges. Even the mundane can carry new dimensions depending on our circumstances any given day. Is my business making a positive impact? How can I be present as a parent and partner? How can I make a living doing something that brings me joy? How can I actually live my best life instead of just dreaming about it? These are the lifestyle questions we discuss every day at […]

July 2019: Valuing Relationships

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Last month, reveling in business nerdiness, I took a workshop on Lean methodology. Popularized by companies like Toyota and books like The Lean Startup, Lean is an approach that optimizes systems to eliminate waste and optimize potential. Creating the conditions to help people reach their ultimate potential is what we’re all about at Pregame, so I’m continually learning new ways to improve the ways we do it. But rather than the lessons I expected from Lean, like streamlining the way we do things, what stuck with me most was the concept of ecosystems. In American culture, we’re socialized to prioritize […]

We Are All Entrepreneurs: Being the CEO of You, Inc.

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In today’s culture, entrepreneurship is glorified. But for all the wrong reasons. We elevate founders – well, the conventionally successful ones – to heights previously reserved only for rock bands and movie stars. Success, the ultimate American value, is exemplified by the narrative of the solo dreamer who had an idea and then through grit, determination, and deserved good fortune, achieved fame and material wealth within his lifetime. Of course, this story is a fabrication. No one achieves success alone. The road from idea to IPO is never a straight, ascending line. And the original seed was usually planted in […]

May 2019: Arts & Culture

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Mixed media installation of baby dolls, acrylic, wallpaper, electrical, metal, LED lights, neon,
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I have a confession to make. I only read nonfiction. Seriously. Over the past five years, I can only recall one fiction book I’ve read, and that was on vacation. Even biographies seem laborious. I am so hungry to learn, so dedicated to continuous evolution, that time spent in a printed story seems wasted. (Somehow I forget to apply this logic to my Netflix queue.) Of course, I’m completely wrong. Stories are the language of our humanity. They communicate deeper meaning more effectively than any literal description ever could. Stories are how we persuade, how we remember valuable lessons, how […]

April 2019: Money Realness

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Money. Chances are, you have a visceral reaction to that word. There’s the word itself, and then the object… but the meaning it has in our lives can range from insignificant to (more often) make or break. In money, as in every area of aspiration, we benefit from keeping it real. In this month’s issue, our contributors strip away any pretense around money to share their true experience grappling with the meaning of money in their own lives and work. How does our family history play into our relationship with money? Can our relationship with money change? How important is […]

March 2019: Evaluating Wellness

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Are you running on empty? If you’re constantly in growth mode, as goal-oriented people are prone to be, you may find your tank is constantly flirting with depletion. Overdoing it can lead to fatigue or even burnout before your goal has the chance to be realized. The metaphor of “putting your oxygen mask on first” before helping others is always useful, but difficult to practice if your M.O. is stretching yourself thin to support others. What happens if you expend more energy than you have to spare? Your “help” can actually become a burden on others or you resent the people you’re […]

Dear CEO: Your Feel-Good Diversity Initiative is Undermined By Every Other Way You’re Doing Business

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Last week, I sat in huge ballroom full of entrepreneurs and cringed as a white male CEO gave a TED-style talk on how he solved diversity. Yeah, that happened. You see, he has realized his business – oh! also his industry – oh oh! also his city – were too white and too male, and so he co-launched an initiative to place a one person of color as a paid intern at each of several dozen local startups. He had written an editorial on it too (not the kind of searching op-ed that’s designed to explore potential solutions difficult problems; the […]