Become the crow that filled a pitcher with pebbles.

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Since I started practicing my profession as an accountant, I’ve always been careful not to tell people about my love for writing. I don’t want them to associate my creative inclination with my knack for crunching numbers.

After all, nobody ever wants a “creative” accountant. A conventional accountant should be dry, structured, and the total opposite of “artistic”.

Little did I know that the COVID-19 pandemic will change all that. I found back my voice and started bridging my writing to my profession. Writing became a means of survival. …

You can turn off panic mode if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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The plane dipped for landing. Minutes later, the three passengers in the plane’s business class gathered their belongings. I was one of them.

One of the stewardesses approached and welcomed me to Brussels. She wished me luck.

I smiled halfheartedly. With my mask and face shield on, the stewardess probably didn’t notice.

Twenty-five hours earlier, I was thrilled to leave my home after having spent the last nine months in an unexpected unemployment gap. Now, I’m about to enter a country where I don’t know anyone else and people speak at least three languages (English, French, and Dutch). …

It’s all about how you can do better.

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I don’t like the way you work. You’re irresponsible. Your output sucks and you don’t submit it on time. I’m sorry but you’re not just ready for the next role.

Tin felt as if cold water poured inside her when she heard her manager’s words. Nausea also hit her. She’s been working on that project and with that manager for almost a year now. But this was the only time they’ve had the chance to talk about her performance.

As soon as the words came out, Tin stopped listening to the manager…

If I can go back in time and change the way things went, I would still prefer the nine-month gap over the two months.

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October 30, 2019 — I ended my accounting career in the Philippines.

I left the firm where I spent more than five meaningful years as an auditor.

I originally planned a two-month break to recharge and spend time with my family outside the capital.

Little did I know that the two months would extend to nine.

The longer employment break was a blow that I did not anticipate.

By January 2020, I was getting ready to move out of the country for good when an unexpected “clog” derailed…

Instead, increase your value by applying these strategies.

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Tin arrived at the client’s place early Monday. She had a spring on her steps. She smiled at people in the elevator, even greeted familiar faces.

As soon as her laptop powered on, she opened work apps, responded to important emails, and listed weekly goals.

Thank God it’s Monday, she thought. I’m off to a great start.

Two hours later, her two colleagues arrived.

They flunked their bags on the chairs and grudgingly opened their laptops. While waiting for the apps to open, they scrolled through their phones, sipped coffee, and chewed…

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