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I’m writing this on the ferry traveling home towards Boston. I’ve been in Provincetown for a couple of days enjoying the great weather, the food, the sun and the sights. Highlights on my time were a great show at the Post Office Cafe (check out her video of Liza Minnelli as Lady Gaga doing Telephone), bike riding up to Race Point, and lying by the pool at the Provincetown Inn and not getting burned.

You see, I’m what you could call melanin challenged. My ancestors came from places where the sun hardly shined (Sweden and Ireland) and I have almost now protection from the sun. I like to say that I think of the sun and I burn. I’m blond and red headed and go between porcelain white and lobster red.

All my life, I have wished that I could be dark brown. I see all these tan and golden skin people and I’d be really jealous. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve finally come to accept that this is the way it will be and I may as well not only accept it, but celebrate it.

As the world’s population has a majority of dark hair and supposedly blond/red hair is a recessive gene, I’ve decided that my fair skin and rosy complexion is exotic. I can be unique and a great find. Funny things is that since taking in that attitude, I’m finding that I’m attracting a lot of attention from men who are really attracted to this color combination.

As is often the case with me, I wonder about how the lessons in my life are similar to those in the career development field (and vice versa).  This reminds me that you need to accept those parts of you that are unique and will be seen as special in the field you work in. Don’t belabor that you aren’t a good designer. If you train and try to get better and you still feel that your talents aren’t up to the task, look for something else you do that’s special. Your special gifts will be appreciated by the right people.

What do you have that’s special?


Most people think that the way to get a job is to put together your resume, look at the job boards online (or if you’re retro, in the newspaper), send your resume in, and then when they see how great you are, they will call you in for an interview, and then they hire you and you start the job.  While that may happen, statistically only 20-30% of all jobs are gotten that way.

This teleworkshop will go over the job search process and debunk the classic way that most people look for work. We’ll discuss other strategies that can be more helpful in the job search process by being more proactive than reactive.

Note:  Remember, the event is FREE, but you will need to pay your own long distance charges for the call.


Like many of you, I’ve been in summer mode recently. Granted, having a couple if illnesses back to back doesn’t contribute to a time of productivity, but I was able to clean away a bunch of stuff that’s been getting in my way. Unfortunately, blogging has been one thing that’s taken a back burner.

With my trip to Newfoundland with my father in June done, I’m just now feeling like I’ve got that summer feel of being able to be relaxed and let things happen. My mind has been contemplating about activities that I want to do this summer: a weekend in Provincetown, a visit to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (always wanted to go there but never have), a hiking trip to the mountains, etc. It feels like my available unscheduled time is slipping away, but im just trying to be in the moment.

This past weekend I spent in an impromptu weekend with new and old friends in Vermont. It was so wonderful to just sit in a back porch talking, eating, drinking, relaxing and just generally being. It was quite the gift with a random group of men to just enjoy the company snd banter.

Sometimes the greatest opportunities are available only when you don’t plan them, but put yourself on situations that allow them to happen.

How are you opening yourself up to the unexpected this summer?

Ken Mattsson

Ken Mattsson

Ken Mattsson

I am a career consultant who specializes in the connection between what your spirit wants to do in the world, and how to marry that to the work that you do in order to support yourself. While I work with people in all fields, I specialize in working with "creative entrepreneurs" and the LGBT community.

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