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Why You Need to Believe in Yourself

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My first job out of law school was working for a federal judge in Northern Michigan. The position did not pay very well, but that did not matter to me at all. I decided I was going to “live it up!” I got the most expensive apartment I could find...

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The Graduate, Andrew Carnegie, and Finding Positive Economic Currents

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In the 1967 movie The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman plays a young, recent college graduate, Ben. At a party, Ben is congratulated by his family and their friends: Guests: We’re all so proud of you, proud, proud, proud, proud, proud, proud, proud. What...

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How to Find Government Jobs (How to Find Federal Government Jobs, How to Find State Government Jobs, How to Find County Government Jobs, and How to Find City Government Jobs)

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One of the best sources of jobs out there is government jobs. There are so many sources of government jobs, it is astonishing. Most government jobs are poorly advertised or promoted and receive very few applications. Because they receive so few applications,...

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Go Beneath the Surface to Find a Job

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One of the most interesting theories about life on earth involves the notion that it exists in conditions in which conventional wisdom says it shouldn’t. Carl Wirson of the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution wrote in a 1991 paper: In 1991,...

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Are You Motivated by Information, People, Activities, Things or Places?

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Most people are motivated by either information, people, activities, things, or places. You are probably focused on one of these as well, and this explains why some people interest you, and others you find boring. This also explains why you hit it off...

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Fight for the Right to Work

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In a bad job market, the most important thing you can do is to keep trying.  Never give up.  Life is a race and your career is also a race.  The problem with most people is that they are often willing to give up at the first sign of...

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Making Others Aware of Your Weaknesses Can Make You More Trusted

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Several years ago I was on vacation with my wife in Paris and was trying on shoes and found a pair of dress shoes that I really liked a lot. I had never seen a pair of shoes like this before and they were extremely comfortable. After trying them...

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Why You Should Never Miss a Company Holiday Party or Invitation to Your Boss’s Home

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A few years ago, I spoke with a man (now retired) who had worked in a large corporation for forty years and in his last twenty years, he basically did nothing. He was paid very well and was more or less forgotten—doing very little of anything. He would...

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Change Your Reactions

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When you see a fight occurring between any two people (or groups of people), it is always the case that one side believes it is right about something and that the other side is therefore wrong. It could be a disagreement over a political or territorial...

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Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Suffering and Your Career

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Suffering is a fact of life and cannot be ignored. There are three types of suffering: Physical suffering, Psychological suffering, and Spiritual suffering. At any one time, we are experiencing one or more of these forms of suffering. As I will explain...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

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Despite the obvious advantages, getting jobs through a friend or relative may ultimately harm you. When you do so, you risk lowering your colleagues’ opinions of you, who may see your connections as evidence that you lack the skills to get your position on your own merits. Nonetheless, there are situations in which it is acceptable to take advantage of such connections, but you must be on your guard; make sure that the job you get is a good fit, and one in which you would perform well regardless of your connections.

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