Life Lessons

Life Lessons

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 Old Man, the Radiator Shop, and Integrity

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In the summer of 1989, a man put a 5,000 gallon tank of asphalt sealer in an unused bay of his radiator repair shop. Instead of servicing cars, the mechanic had chosen to place a gigantic tank of asphalt sealer within that space. Somehow a large asphalt...

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Karma, Universal Laws, and Your Career

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I have known and encountered many people, and I have often pondered why some people are happy and why other people are unhappy with their lives. Several years ago, I began seriously observing someone I know who is extremely happy. Everything this person...

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The Inner Voices, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Your Life

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When you consider all that you are capable of achieving, nothing is more exciting than imagining who and what you can and will become in your life. To do this, you must first learn to ignore that voice inside your head that may tell you otherwise. You...

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Self-Help Means Helping Others

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There is a simple concept that separates those who experience great success from those who do not. I am going to tell you all about this concept in a second, but first I want to talk a little bit about self-help. I have read countless books that discuss...

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The Importance of Disconnecting from Your Work

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Some of the happiest, most well adjusted, and most effective people I know are also people who have a profound ability to disconnect from their work. They can disconnect rapidly and put themselves in another state of mind which does not involve work....

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Smash Through Whatever Ceiling You Are Seeing by Concentrating on Your Largest Reward

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When I was about 12 years old I went to look at BMWs with a relative of mine. We spent several hours in the dealership. My relative was trying to figure out if there was a way to get a lower lease payment on the car. Negotiating with the people in the...

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You Are Not Entitled to Anything

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One of the greatest traps people fall into is believing they are entitled to something based on what they have done in the past, or are capable of doing. An even greater problem is believing you are entitled to something for nothing. Incredible as it...

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Once You Achieve Success, Savor and Enjoy It to the Fullest

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I have certain habits and ways of thinking about the world that are the right ways, at least for me: If I make a friend, I do everything within my power to keep the friendship going and to stay close to the person. If I get a book, I always read and...

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The Greek Parthenon and Your Career

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One of the most important lessons for our lives and careers comes from the Parthenon in Greece. The Parthenon has been standing in the same location for almost 2,500 years and is considered one of the world’s great cultural monuments. It is largely...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on Mar 02,2024

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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