What’s It Like to Work at Waffle House?
Answer by Yehong Zhu, former server at Waffle House, Harvard student:
I worked as a server at Waffle House the summer after high school graduation, about six months after I had gotten accepted “early action” to Harvard. My parents wanted me to get a job during the summer instead of lounging around the house—which I thought was fair. Considering (what I believed to be) my perceived qualifications, I didn’t think it would be a difficult task.
How Do Employers Retain Job-Hopping Millennial Employees?
Here's the short answer:
- An awesome work environment
- A reason to work hard every day—a big picture to work towards
- The opportunity to learn and grow daily
I am the owner of eight direct marketing firms and I employ dozens of millennials. As a millennial myself, I am well aware of the tendency of my generation to pick up and quit because the grass looks greener elsewhere. However, if you can create an opportunity for your people that is truly worth their while, you'll find that it's much easier to keep your awesome millennial employees around. I'm going to share a few tips that I've found to work very well.
Why Do Car Buffs Dislike Tesla?
Answer by Mike Barnard, I used to be a BMW loyalist, but now it's Tesla all the way:
Because car buffs are almost all nostalgia weenies. Most love a specific marque, often because of something that happened decades before. They obsess about the history. They've owned half a dozen of that marque and wish they could own a dozen more. I've known and know Porsche nuts, BMW nuts (my hand is up), Mustang nuts, and more.
How Do You Become More Articulate in Everyday Speech?
Is Hermione Granger White?
Answer by Monika Kothari, abecedarian:
I love this question! To begin, let's just take a few moments to interrogate the general assumption that Hermione is white. Is there any definitive evidence of her race? Is Hermione white because Emma Watson is white? Is Hermione white because she appears to be white on some of the book covers?
What’s the Best Way to Find a Mentor?
Answer by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, founder and CEO of CareerCup; author of Cracking the PM Interview, Cracking the Coding Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career; former software engineer at Apple, Google, and Microsoft:
You don’t ask someone to be your friend, so why do you ask him or her to be your mentor? Think about your closest friends—or even your less close friends. When you asked them to be your friend, what were your terms? How often would you hang out? What would you do? What would the expectations be on each side?
What Lessons Do Girl Scouts Learn Selling Cookies?
Answer by Michelle Victor, Girl Scout from kindergarten to high school:
I was a Girl Scout from kindergarten through senior year of high school, and I can say that there is no better time to be a Girl Scout than during cookie-selling season. Looking back, selling cookies was possibly the best exercise for me throughout those years, and with every passing year, I felt more excited and more confident for the successes and rejections that come with selling cookies.
Is Pro Wrestling Scripted?
Answer by Bobbi Billard, former WWE developmental contract wrestler:
Yes and no.
In regard to the moves done in the ring, with the TV show Women of Wrestling, it was like a dance routine, and every move was scripted and practiced in advance for a month leading up to the show.
Why Is Ronald Reagan So Idolized by the GOP?
Answer by Ross Cohen, B.A. in history and political science:
I think the shortest, simplest explanation is that Republicans see Ronald Reagan as the last successful Republican president, one who inspired many of them and started them on an ideological trajectory that led them to today.
Why Did Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom Fail?
Answer by Harold Kingsberg, reader:
Somewhere along the line, Aaron Sorkin (as a television writer) lost his sense of humility, and his shows have been far worse for it.
Sports Night was a fairly lightweight show that was at heart a workplace comedy. The office workers were rather more competent than anyone you'd find in The Office, and they took their jobs seriously, but at the end of the day, it was a workplace comedy, and it didn't really aspire to be anything more than that. It wasn't there to teach you—it was there to entertain you, and while it did occasional hit hot-button topics, it didn't lose sight of its primary goal.