Goal Setting

Goal Setting

You Need to Stand for Something

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Today, I read a story in the Washington Post about a girl who recently resigned from West Point and is going to Yale. She resigned from West Point because she is gay and the school will kick her out if it learns that she is gay. Tired of compromising...

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Never Worry about What Others Think

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Being concerned with what others think is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Rather than focusing on who they want to be and what they want to do, many people live their lives more concerned about how they look to others. Deep down inside you is...

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You Should Not Dabble: To Succeed It’s All or Nothing

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My last helicopter lesson was on a Christmas morning several years ago. I’m very glad that I made that my last helicopter lesson. I’d shown up at the flight school around 6:00 am. The previous evening, I’d been out pretty late and was...

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Are You a Value Creator or Value Extractor?

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When I was in my third year of college, I applied to a special accelerated program at the University of Chicago Business School, which would have allowed me to graduate from business school and complete my undergraduate degree in a total of five years–instead...

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Do Not Be Influenced by Others’ Negative Opinions of You

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I have kept a journal for years. Today I opened the journal and found a quote that I had written down on July 4, 2002. I had written this quote down because at the time I had just gotten out of a relationship in which the person I was with had decided...

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The Importance of Discipline

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One of the most popular misconceptions in the world is that those who end up being the most successful somehow achieve this success through shortcuts, not through working hard. Each time someone is able to achieve incredible success without a lot of...

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Values and Your Career

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In my entire career, I have not come upon a single instance in which a candidate left their firm within one year of starting there.  Putting a person in a job where they are likely to stay is more difficult than it may sound.  In order for someone...

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The Only Thing That Matters Is Commitment

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One of the stranger moments in my career came when I joined the now defunct law firm, Dewey Ballantine. I was in Los Angeles, and the firm flew us out to New York for orientation with all the new associates in the firm. A good portion of the new associates...

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Goal Setting

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It concerns us to know the purpose we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want. -Aristotle Goal setting is the single most important aspect of your career. How you focus your time...

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You Need to Delay Gratification

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When I was around 14 years old, I moved in with my father after living with my mother for my entire childhood. Although I was an outstanding student in elementary school, once I got into middle school there were lots of fun things to do. This included...

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You Need to Be Able to Close

By on Mar 28,2024

In this article Harrison explains why the ability to close a sale is the most important skill in selling. Many people may get consumers interested in their products and lead them to the edge of making the sale, but it is the final push where the customer makes the actual purchasing decision which is the most important. Similarly it is good to be able to secure an interview, but what actually counts is the ability to push the employer to make the final hiring decision. There are a million possible closing techniques ranging from using the power of money and the power of issuing a deadline to identifying with a particular cause that could be important to the employer. All you need to do is tap into your instinctual ability and push employers that extra bit to ensure you get the job.

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