How to Succeed

How to Succeed

Take Incremental Steps

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When I was around sixteen years old, growing up in Detroit, my mother’s boyfriend for several years was a tugboat (also known as a towboat) captain. Since the job was unionized, my mother was always trying to interest me in this as a good long-term...

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Picking Up Suicide Victims in a Shanghai River

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I watched a chilling story on CNN yesterday about a man who has started a business driving his small motorboat up and down a river outside of Shanghai, finding and picking up suicide victims. He fishes the bodies out of the water (in various states of...

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Mike Tyson, Distractions, Your Career and Life

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I saw the most interesting documentary on Mike Tyson recently, James Toback’s Tyson. A review of the film in Time magazine relates: At first he was a variation on the proverbial 97-pound weakling: an overweight street kid from the Bedford-Stuyvesant...

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Learn to Confront Silence

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A persistent fight that many couples have is that one may like to get out and do all sorts of things (meet people, dine out, and so forth) and the other may enjoy just sitting at home doing nothing. I read an interesting article some time ago about the...

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What Society’s Greatest Leaders Show Us about Work

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Growing up, I was always watching boxing on television. I will never forgot watching Muhammad Ali knock out numerous people and chant that he was the “king of the world” and the “greatest boxer of all time”. There is an excitement watching greatness...

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Instead of Seeking Praise, Seek Criticism

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Several years ago, I had a girlfriend who would fly off the handle at the slightest criticism.  It didn’t matter who was criticizing her. She would call people ugly, smelly, short–whatever attack she could muster in response to what she perceived...

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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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Believe in the Possibilities

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Most people in the job market need something else even more than they need a job. The same is generally true for people that are unhappy with their career paths. Contrary to what many of these people may believe, what they need in order to cure their...

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Do Not Be Vengeful: Let Hurt and Anger Go Through You

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He who conquers the mind, conquers the world.    -Guru Nanak Dev In today’s economy, a lot of people are losing their jobs.  People are being fired and let go from companies at an alarming rate.  There is a huge sense of betrayal people feel...

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The Most Important Person You Communicate with Is Yourself

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“The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven” -John Milton Several years ago, I was home after graduating from college and I met a guy who was friends with my girlfriend’s brother. He had graduated from Yale University...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on Dec 21,2021

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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