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Why You Should Be Suspicious of Flattery and Listen Closely to Criticism

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A year or so ago, a film producer called me and told me he was going to make me quite famous. He had been reading my columns and believed that my interest in writing, combined with my “look”, would translate into national greatness. He told me that...

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Change Your Thermostat

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One day several years ago, I was sitting in my office in Los Angeles when two barefooted women walked in. Their feet were dirty, and I can assure you, it is not normal for women to walk around downtown Los Angeles without shoes. Both of the women had...

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Are You a Quality Product?

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One of the most amazing things about living where I do, in Malibu, California, is observing how well many people treat themselves and how seriously they take themselves. I know numerous people who have the following: • Personal trainers (to motivate...

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Be Vulnerable and Authentic

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At about the age of nine or so, I met someone at school who was very popular and we became friends. At some point early in our relationship he said this about another kid we knew: “My parents said I am not allowed to be friends with kids of divorced...

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Jung, Shadows and Your Potential

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Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. — Dr. Carl G. Jung In 2006, Ted Haggard...

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How to Manage Crisis

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One of the scariest things for any of us is being in crisis. A crisis can be defined several ways. It can be: the loss of a job a divorce a traumatic injury a death the alienation of a loved one due to a fight or disagreement a severe illness or even...

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Never Overlook the Obvious

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When I was in my third year of college in Chicago, I received a notice from the City of St. Claire Shores, Michigan, that I owed them $18,000 and needed to report to court, because I might actually be responsible for owing them even more money. St. Claire...

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Avoid Creating “Fatal Friction”

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The worst thing you can ever do in a professional relationship—and in a personal relationship, for that matter, is introduce what I call “fatal friction”. I have seen more careers stalled, held back and even ruined by fatal friction...

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The Magic Asphalt Sealer Tank

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When I was in college, my girlfriend had the annoying habit of periodically declaring that the dorms were too noisy for her to sleep. What this really meant was she had decided it was time for me to drive her to an industrial part of town so we could...

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You Must Have the Home Team Advantage

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One of the most interesting things to me is witnessing people when they make a complete reversal in their lives and overnight become incredibly successful, happy, and fulfilled people. Perhaps the reason this is so fascinating is that it happens so rarely....

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Why Aren’t There More American Day Laborers, Doctors, Engineers and Textile Workers?

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In this article Harrison explains the economic rule which says - your rewards will be in direct proportion to the value you provide. In your career if you are not providing enough value, the rule will catch up with you sooner or later. In contrast, if you are providing more value than you receive you will probably have a very good career. Companies that provide more value than they receive for their products generally end up flourishing. Companies that provide very little value generally end up going out of business. The law of economics that is always operating in the background is that you always need to give more than you take and be prepared to give.

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