Meet the Being Understood Roadtrip Team!

This summer, we’ve teamed up with Understood.org, the Oak Foundation, and Eye to Eye to send three young people with learning and attention issues on a road trip across the U.S. Many of the big name CEOs, political figures, authors, scientists, athletes, and people we interact with on an everyday basis have learning and attention issues, and they are not only coping, but thriving. These creative and inspiring individuals represent...

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Q&A: Chef Roy Choi on culture, craft, and the courage to push past average

Chef Roy Choi has been perfecting the art of the mashup for his whole life. Born in South Korea and raised all over Southern California (moving 12 times during his childhood), Roy experienced all that Los Angeles’s neighborhoods had to offer. That blending of cuisine, culture, and place fueled his signature creation--the Korean BBQ taco--the cult-status street-food mashup that launched a thousand imitations and made Roy’s name synonymous with the...

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5 Absurd Ways Hollywood Portrays Work

In Hollywood portrayals of workplaces, characters range from newscasters to waitresses to ambiguous executives with job titles we never actually learn (but we’re shown enough shots of their plate glass office windows to deduce that they’re Super-Important-Businessy-People). The diverse representation of professions is there, but no matter how wildly different the demands of these jobs in real life, on-screen they all share one commonality: No one actually works! We recognize...

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Road-Tripping: Then vs. Now

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The Best Songs to Cure Your 9-to-5 Blues

Rough day on the job? No matter how much you enjoy your work, there are bound to be days when you reach your tolerance limit for grating office antics. So, we’ve come up with a handy list of musical prescriptions that should banish those blues in no time. The next time there’s too much on your plate, or your coworker insists on recounting the intricate details of what their dog...

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Things No One Tells You About Life After Graduation

Graduation is right around the corner. Soon, the class of 2015 will be gliding across a stage, receiving their hard-earned diplomas, and hearing camera-happy parents yell “smile with your teeth!” as they’re captured in a moment of accomplishment in what looks like a formal Snuggie. If this describes you, congratulations! You have reason to celebrate. After all, it takes a great deal of drive to pore over books, pen research...

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Q&A: Irene Kim on learning by doing, her favorite emoji, and finding jobs she never knew existed, camera in hand

At Roadtrip Nation, we’ve been known to harbor some major Instagram crushes. So when we started working on our new book, Roadmap, with Chronicle Books, we fell hard for Visual Content Coordinator Irene Kim’s dreamy, light-filled feed (she’s also killing it running Chronicle’s Instagram). Even more so when we learned that she’s basically made a job for herself as a photographer-designer-Instagrammer-aesthete-storyteller-branding guru by cultivating her interests in school--and out--to find...

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Why You <i>Shouldn’t</i>  Follow Your Dreams

Back in the day, you were taught the path to success is only reachable by following strict directions: get into this school, take this class, do this internship, wear this respectable red and blue striped tie worn by every CNN anchor and job interviewee ever, etc. But thanks to a growing number of (free!) resources that encourage scrappy, do-it-yourself personal development—from TED Talks to Skillshares to inspiring dog Instagram accounts—the...

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The Road to TEACH

Teaching isn’t just a job—it’s a tool for social change. Follow three aspiring teachers on a cross-country road trip through the world of education as they seek out the wisdom of pioneering educators who are redefining what it means to teach. As they talk with inspiring teachers, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and activists—including Compton Unified School District principal Jacqueline Sanderlin, National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, Secretary of Education...

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Ridiculous Things Everyone Does While Job Searching

The process of finding a job requires that you morph into equal parts hunter, professional public speaker, and desperate used car salesman with a quota bearing down on you. It starts with an exercise of how well you can translate your value as a human being into bulleted 12-point Times New Roman font. Then, with the combined pressure of a blind date, police interrogation, and a PhD thesis defense, you sit before...

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