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I look at my average daily in-boxes. The following are unmissable contents:

(a) Daily devotionals (b) Flipboard  charts (c) Customer service lessons from a number of expert voices on the subject (d) Pinterest and (e) Jobs, jobs, jobs!

Today’s inbox teasingly asks “ever wonder which companies in the U.S. really pay the highest? Well, good news; we’ve identified the 25 highest paying companies for America for 2017.”

I try to look at the companies, if only as an academic exercise. I am not, location-wise, anywhere near the U.S. Much less, I am yet to think of seeking employment opportunities on that side of the globe. Blame it on old age and the death of adventurism! However, curiosity is always a healthy exercise.


But there is a problem. I cannot concentrate on the companies because my attention is simultaneously drawn to other pop-ups announcing equally attractive topics. Among them, I see “what hiring managers expect on resumes now,” “7 two-year degrees that help you score high-paying jobs,” “9 ways you are guaranteed to ruin a salary negotiation,” and “how to answer: tell me about a time when you have failed.”

Almost always, my eyes move down to the end of the correspondence where I weigh the three options of why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list. update subscription preferences. 

This activity is time-consuming. Where did I get it wrong?  I like some of the advice, namely, “talk about work / life balance and ways to prioritize your life outside of work, especially if work has begun to creep up and diminish your ability to relax, play and turn off the noise in your head.” I found this one captivating because I recently watched a rather harrowing episode of CNN’s Mostly Human, which explored the effects of hard work on some of Silicone Valley’s celebrated achievers.