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Upgrade Your Career and Life by Finding Work to Be Done

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Several years ago, I decided I didn’t want to work in a law firm anymore. The problem was that I didn’t know what else I could do besides practice law. Also, I didn’t have any money. In order to continue to make a living, I needed to...

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Do Not Trust Appearances: My Visit to Deep Springs College

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The first time I visited Las Vegas was in 1988. The city was far different back then, with an old Western vibe–not at all like the modern strip with all of the new casinos and so forth. Las Vegas, in the late 1980s, was more tired and run down;...

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A Message to Garcia and Your Career

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One of the most inspiring true stories I have ever read is A Message to Garcia, by Elbert Hubbard. It is a short essay that discusses the initiative of a soldier who is assigned a difficult mission of delivering a message and comes through, completing...

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Moses, Great Religious Figures, the Wilderness, and Your Career

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On a Christmas vacation over ten years ago, I went home to Detroit from Los Angeles, where I was practicing law at the time. I was taking a 10-day vacation. Over the course of those ten days, I found myself having trouble getting to sleep every night....

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Do Not Stand in the Way of Your Own Progress

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I recently heard a story about a man who was on his deathbed. As he lay in bed, he pondered over what he had achieved in his lifetime, and he came to the conclusion that he had lived his life without making any mistakes whatsoever. This was by far the...

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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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Immanuel Kant and What Good Hiring Managers Should Look For

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Many people who make hiring decisions really do not know what they are doing. In fact, they often make mistake after mistake when hiring. They put too much emphasis on skills and experience. They are overly impressed with interviewing skills. They...

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Being in the Zone

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Nothing is more important to success in your career and life than being in the zone. The problem with most people, however, is that they are not in the zone; instead, they are merely doing what they and others think they should be doing. Most people...

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The Richest Man in Bay City

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When I graduated from law school, I worked in Bay City, Michigan, for a federal judge for a year. Bay City is a former lumber town whose fortunes had long gone down the tubes when the lumber industry went away some 100 years ago. After lumber went away,...

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You Need to Be Self-Managing and Responsible

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Several years ago our company was operating in downtown Los Angeles. At less than a year old, the company was very small at the time; however, the people I was working with were nothing short of extraordinary: I had one computer programmer who had gone...

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

By on Oct 19,2019

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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