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Success S av v y
Slang Life Goes On
on’t let your fellow
coworkers or subordinate
cube-monkeys make a fool
out of you at work while your on
the clock. They can save that for
Happy Hour or the next company-wide celebration. Below are a few phrases to be aware of in case
someone uses them on you with the hope it will go over your head instead of in your ears.
“What a 404!” If you’ve ever gotten a “404 Error Code” on your
computer screen, you know exactly the type of people this phrase is
referring to: A clueless coworker who can never be located — and is even
harder to figure out.
“He learns best through assmosis.” This increasingly popular take on
“osmosis” refers to the kind of professional who is better at butt-kissing
than at completing spreadsheets. They usually don’t acknowledge what
they’re doing until they’ve climbed to the top of the ladder.
“What a mouse potato!”
What do you get when you make a couch
potato go out and get an office job? They get addicted to a different
type of remote control and seek out more productive sources of
entertainment at work and when they get home.
“My assistant was on dial-up today!”
Remember that annoying sign-on noise AOL used to make before it proudly
announced “You’ve Got Mail”? Well, the time it took to complete the whole
process back then would be really frustrating by today’s standards. Alas,
some professionals still move at a snail’s pace…or on dial-up, as it were.
ID-10-T Error & PICNIC
The first one is an age-old I.T. joke that’s often used on tech-clueless
people who continue to press the wrong key time after time. Take away
the dashes and you have ID10T. PICNIC stands for “Problem In Chair, Not
In Computer,” another jab at the computer’s operator.
Ok, so maybe these songs are
only half motivational, but there’s
something about them that will
make you crack a smile even in
the most stressful situations. Keep
them on your I-Pod or download
them as a ringtone at work.
Whatever you do, learn the lyrics!
22 These are times of change for many of us. Often
we try to hang on to what was, rather than risk
going toward something new. My neighbor, Carlos,
reminded me of how much growth and creativity
can come from a time of change, even if we have to
experience some discomfort and disquietude to get
there. He shared his story with me, and inspired by
it, I want to share it with you. Carlos came to this
country to attend college, fully expecting to return
home after graduation. Unforeseen political events
made that return impossible. He married, built a
business, and was raising his children in Miami.
He appreciated all the goodness and comfort in
his life. When his business declined due to factors
beyond his control, he tried to hold on. At first he
felt anxious and adrift as day after day loomed
before him. Then something wonderful happened.
He began to use this quiet time to ask himself what
he really wanted to do for the rest of his life. He
thought of his father and the family farm, of the
land that he, of all his siblings, had loved so much.
He began reading everything he could on modern
farming and became excited about returning, just
as his father was retiring. He dreamed of making
the farm into something he always knew it could
become. Ultimately, Carlos is grateful for the
change and for the chance to begin anew, while he
still has the energy and drive to reinvent himself.
More importantly, there’s a lightness to him as he
moves forward on his path. And that’s something
we should all aim to accomplish in our own lives.
Robin Raina Benjamin, LCSW,
PsyA, is a psychotherapist and
modern psychoanalyst. She’s
affiliated with Key Therapy
which also provides: speech/
language therapy, physical
therapy, occupational therapy,
massage therapy, CPR classes
and personal training. For more,
visit RobinRainaBenjamin.com or Key-Therapy.com.
Fountains of Wayne:
“Bright Future in Sales”
The Smiths: “Work is a
From the tipsy traveling for
business to the new computer
and the quick reading right
before the big meeting, this hit
comes from the same people
who brought you Stacy’s Mom.
Two four-letter words (Love
& Work) unite to make some
seriously memorable melodies
with this classic that takes the
notion of “going nowhere”
somewhere. Whether your 16 tons are
made of paper, presentations
or PDFs, one thing’s certain:
The weight can get to you, and
professionally, lifting it will
make you stronger.