#MondayMotivation: 10 Pieces of Wisdom on Optimism From Baseball Players

Yesterday marked Opening Day, the first day of the MLB season, and the last day every baseball fan starts off their morning filled with hope. Traditionally, by the end of the day, some of the more Eeyore-like fans have transitioned from, "Maybe this is our year," to, "This year will be an epic disaster." You're more likely to be one of those if your team lost one of the three games played yesterday, but it's not impossible to develop a glass-half-empty approach even if they didn't play at all. Trust me on this: I'm from Boston.

As much fun as it is to be a cynic, too much pessimism isn't really good for you. Concentrating on the negative can impact your health, happiness, and even your career. Fortunately, baseball offers a cure, as well as means to develop the disease.

Stop Getting in Your Own Way

Have you ever heard that you are your own worst enemy? It's true. Lots of time when we're not getting anywhere, career-wise, it turns out that we can only blame ourselves. But, before you throw those hands up in the air in frustration, learn about these ways in which you might be holding yourself back — and more importantly, find out how to let yourself succeed.

Why You Should be Networking … at Work

The best place for you to get your networking on might be the last place you'd imagine: at your current job. Whether you're just getting started at a new place or you've been there for years, the connections you make at work can benefit your career for years to come. With a strong network, you can reach your career goals faster, and maybe even go out on your own (if that's your thing). So what are you waiting for?

What to Do When You Can’t Meet the Project Deadline

Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?

3 Career Lessons From David Bowie

David Bowie left the earth yesterday. If you're even a casual fan, you probably reacted to the news with shock. Bowie was a rare larger-than-life figure who was too big even for the title of rock star. He was a cultural force, an artist who never stopped growing and innovating, and an example of how much one person can do to change the way the world connects with art and each other. While you weren't looking, he also sneakily taught you a thing or two about how to build your best career.

6 Ways to Ruin Salary Negotiations

Asking for a raise or negotiating salary for a new job are some of the ickiest things we have to do as working adults. But there are plenty of ways you can ruin your chances at a good salary before you even get the meeting started. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you put on your armor and prepare for the big negotiation.

5 Tips to Prepare for an Exploratory Interview

It might feel weird to prepare for an interview when you don't even expect it to lead to a job, but it's worth your while to do your homework before an exploratory interview, and treat it just as seriously as you would any other job interview. You never know when the situation might go from an informal chat to a serious path to a new job.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Get Hired at the Holidays

December feels like a terrible month to do just about anything but wrap presents and eat holiday cookies, but if you're looking for work right now, you can't afford to wait until a less crazy time of year to make things happen. The good news is that even though you might not feel like engaging in a job search right now, companies are interested in hiring – despite what you might have heard about the holiday season being a lousy time to interview. Find tips on making the most of your holiday job search, plus warning signs that your job is about to become obsolete and advice on how to encourage a culture of creativity at work, in this week's roundup.

4 Ways to Change Your Career for the Better in 2016

Time to make those New Year's resolutions! How are you going to make the coming year great for you and your career? We have some tips to help you make big changes by setting totally attainable goals. Before one year ends, get your game plan set for the next (great) year for your career.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: A Better Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

Why make New Year's resolutions? In part, to make next year better than this one. The problem with formal resolutions is that they can become a stick to beat yourself with, when you turn out to be human after all and miss the mark. A better plan for 2016 might be to stop doing the things that are squandering your energy and making you less happy and productive, both at work and at home. In this week's roundup, find a reminder about the things you actually don't owe your colleagues, family, and friends; plus a few online personality tests that are worth the time, and the soft skills to develop, in order to succeed at work.

How to Be Happier at Work in 2016

Are you making New Year's resolutions this year? If you're still undecided, maybe this is the year to park those unrealistic fitness and nutrition goals, and concentrate on your career instead. After all, most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours at work, so we might as well be happy doing it. Plus, when it comes to your career, sometimes little things make a big difference. Here are five small changes that are easy to make and can make you happier and more successful in the coming year.