Baily Hancock

career & business strategist

Baily Hancock is a Career & Business Strategist

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If You Build It They Will (Most Likely Not) Come: Overcoming the Failure to Launch

I was not always a person who embraced failure well. For the majority of my life, I pretty much achieved whatever I set out to, whether it was getting the lead in the school play or winning the coveted role of “Principal for the Day” in fifth grade. Perhaps my many early achievements were to blame for causing my first failure to feel catastrophic rather than just par for the course. (read more)


How to Network Like a Human

Even in the age of LinkedIn, networking IRL still really matters. Here are 5 ways that you can incorporate a human element to a digital world to grow your network. (read more)


AM & PM Routines for Tackling your Goals

Admittedly, I was never one to have a morning routine, let alone a nighttime routine. Whenever I’d read about the routines of successful people I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the thought of waking up before dawn to write, meditate, or run (UGH). I’m a girl who loves her sleep, but I’ve always been more of a night owl... (read more)


IN PURSUIT OF CAREER HAPPINESS: HOW TO SWITCH GEARS IN YOUR CAREER

There will most likely come a time in your career when you realize what you’re doing no longer does it for you. It makes perfect sense - you choose a major in college and take your first “adult” job based on what sounds interesting at the time. A few years (or more) go by, and next thing you know, you get the itch to break out and try... (read more)


Nothing's for Nothing

It was January 2011, and I was completely and totally lost. I had recently moved from Florida to LA with the goal of being a TV show host. Those plans changed almost immediately once I got to California, so while trying to gain my footing in an entirely new state, I also found myself directionless for the first time... (read more)


A Battlecry for the New Way of Work

The world has changed significantly since the modern way of work was established. We already acknowledge that in some capacity — the 4 Hour Work Week disciples and entrepreneurs among us “get it”. They understand that the system doesn’t work for everyone so they opted out. The rest of us, however, tip our hats... (read more)


What to do When You Want to do it All

Being a Multi-Passionate is (mostly) a wonderful thing. We never get bored, we’re always coming up with new ideas, and we can wear a ton of hats at work without breaking a sweat. However, it can also feel really overwhelming to be a Multi-Passionate because with all of those ideas and miscellaneous interests, it can... (read more


Entrepreneur Drugs

Sometimes you get one of those ideas. An idea that won’t shut up. An idea that whispers in your ear ever so sweetly and demands your attention riiiiight about the time you’re finally falling asleep. An idea that, when shoved in your metaphorical brain closet where you cram your ideas that you just don’t have time or energy for... (read more)


There’s no such thing as a “wrong move”

It comes up every single time I’m talking about what’s holding people back in their careers, and goes a little something like this:

“I don’t know, it seems like it could be great but I just don’t want to make the wrong move.”... (read more)

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Goal Guilt & High-Fiving Happiness

The first 20 seconds or so when you wake up are quite possibly the most blissful of the day. For a moment you forget where you are, maybe even who you are, and as your brain boots up, you slowly start to remember. With that remembering comes an influx of reminders from your conscious mind - the day’s agenda items... (read more)

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When the “Right” Thing is Actually the Worst

For the first twenty-five years of my life, I was a goal-setting, box-checking freak. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s important to note. My first clear memory of this is at age 11 in the fifth grade, I wrote an essay and won a contest to be the Principal for the day. I did that not for the joy of false authority... (read more)


When you’ve got a bad case of the Nopes.

I’m a go-getter, a hustler, a productivity-loving efficiency psycho. A weekend spent entirely on the couch stresses me out, and an evening post-work without some sort of errand, networking event, or appointment seems like a waste of a perfectly good few hours. New Year’s Resolutions really turn me on, so much in fact... (read more)


Why following your passion is a terrible idea

I’ll admit it, I was once a “follow your passion” disciple. I believed that if you could just pinpoint what you were most passionate about in life, it would lead you to the promise land of work that felt like play, where the hours would just fly by and the paycheck was just the cherry on top... (read more)


Crappy Jobs &the Lies We Tell Ourselves to Stay

Quick show of hands for those of you who are currently in a job that you know you shouldn’t be in (and maybe even hate), but remain there because of any of the following reasons... (read more)


Have patience with your career, you impatient psycho: A letter to myself

I am not a patient person. When I took the StrengthsFinder assessment and got “Activator” as my top strength, there was zero surprise on my end. (The first line describing this trait is, “When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action.”) When I make up my mind to do something... (read more)

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