career advice | a harrison barnes

career advice | a harrison barnes

Do Not Stop Seeing Opportunity: Step Outside Your Mind’s Comfort Zone and Begin to Dream

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Several years ago, I was sitting with someone in Carl’s Steakhouse in Detroit coaching him about his job search. The person was telling me about how he wanted to get a job and start a new career. He was in his early 50s and hadn’t had a real job...

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Detroit Car Washes, Cash, Drug Dealers, and the Character of Your Goals

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Several years ago, I used to run an asphalt business out of Detroit, Michigan. I use the phrase “out of Detroit” loosely because in the eight years or so I was in the business, I only did a few asphalt jobs in the city of Detroit. Most of...

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Success Requires Ignoring Group Norms

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When I started legal recruiting, within a few months of starting the business, I met a man who was one of the founders of the dominant legal recruiters association. At one time, he had the largest legal recruiting firm in California. As I spent time getting...

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Consistency and Commitment Beat Brilliance and Talent

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When I was growing up in Detroit, I went to school with kids whose parents were the Chief Executive Officers of major auto companies and were in other high level roles. Sometimes I would turn on the television and see the same men I’d eaten dinner...

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Right and Wrong Thinking

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Right and Wrong Thinking shows us that everything that happens around us is the result of our mind and how it works. You can make the most of yourself by using your mind in the correct manner. This is an excellent book that can help you understand how...

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A Success Turnaround Formula That Works

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I did so poorly in ninth grade that I still cannot believe it. I did not fail completely, but a problem was brought to my attention by a school guidance counselor when I got to eleventh grade. I was called into the counselor’s office and was told...

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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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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, first published in 1908, offers advice on how to live your life, rather than just existing in the world. Following the Industrial Revolution, a large number of white collar workers had emerged who in many cases were unhappy...

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Job Hopping: It Is Always About You

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Many people’s careers and lives are often held back by one small thing. You might also be holding yourself back in your career, but if you can fix this one small thing, your career and life will change for the better. If you are not able to make...

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Concentrate Your Effort Where You Can Grow Roots

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At least once a month someone approaches me to speak about a business proposition that has absolutely nothing to do with what I do for a living. A few years ago, someone wanted me to work on building self-storage centers. A few years before that someone...

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Avoid Sophisticated and Saturated Markets

By on Nov 24,2020

One of the biggest mistakes people make in their job searches is going after jobs in sophisticated markets. A sophisticated and saturated market is one that’s populated by a lot of people like you—with your qualifications, background, and so forth.

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