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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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Working on Sundays and Concentrating on Your Work

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There is a secret to success, common among most successful people out there that I have seen time and time again: working on Sundays. When I was practicing law, the best attorneys were always in on Sundays. When I was a student in college and law school,...

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How to Be a Good Manager

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Among the many interrelated problems that can occur in an economy are people having not enough work, not enough holidays, not enough benefits, and of course, not enough pay. As disruptive and problematic as these issues may become to people, hands down,...

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Over Deliver Because It Is Not about You

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Several years ago, I was in the midst of opening up various legal recruiting offices around the United States. In my sheer enthusiasm for the business, I would bring new recruiters from around the country to Los Angeles and have them live with me for...

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Mutual Funds, Casinos, and Opportunities

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At least a decade ago, I started receiving all of these phone calls from American Express Financial Advisors urging me to invest with them my 401(k) from my previous job. After putting off the caller for some time, I eventually met with the guy. He came...

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Refuse to Acknowledge Setbacks and Intimidations, and You Will Never Fail

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The police pulled in behind us the second we turned into my mother’s driveway, and turned on their lights. I was very frightened. I thought I might be going to jail that evening. I was not sure. I had assumed my mother and sister were staying in for...

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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 Productivity, Focus, and Measurement

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When I was in school, I would study at least a couple of hours each day in the library. While there, I noticed that the best students were always very focused. They were not distracted like poorer students were. A poor student looks around and looks...

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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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