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2013 was the worst year of my life. I don’t like to admit it, but I was probably depressed. I didn’t like the situation I was in, the job I was working, or the place I was living. I don’t think I liked anything. I was miserable and miserable to be around. I blamed the world and hated it at the same time.

I knew a dramatic change was the only thing that would get me out of my rut. So I took a big risk in 2014 and the payout was beyond measure. It wasn’t a financial success (far from it actually), and I didn’t find the love of my life or any sense of purpose.

But I did discover 13 things (there are probably more – I just haven’t realized them all yet) that changed me. Here we go…

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I went to FoxNews.com over the weekend, mostly as an amusement. I enjoy the ridiculous headlines. I am not a fan of Fox News. I think a majority of their news is awful and between the fake blondes, ‘Botox’-ed eyes, and over indulgence of makeup, I have a tough time listening to anything they say.

Still I find it amusing to browse the front page. This Saturday morning I noticed a rather interesting story. Sean Hannity, gleaming ear to ear about the Democrats’ recent downfall, posted a news clip arguing that the results of the most recent election were a direct vote against President Obama.

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Sometimes your LinkedIn title can be a little ridiculous, and it is important to remember that not everyone is as they as appear on social media. Still below are some of my favorite examples of LinkedIn’s ‘building brand exaggeration.’

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You Will be Awkward.

“Hi I’m Bret. Where are you from?”

“Hi Bret – I’m Trey. I’m from New Orleans.”

“Nice to meet you Trey – I have never met someone from New Orleans. How did you fare in Hurricane Katrina?”

“My entire house was destroyed.”

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Why I Hate The News 

Below you will find CNN’s headline on Friday, October 10th. Yes, Ebola is awful and my heart goes out to all those infected. But this is just an example of the fear tactics and bad coverage spewed out by today’s major news vendors.

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