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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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Rap Stars, House Managers, Crystal Meth, Prison, and Your Ego

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Several years ago, I was on an airplane that sat on the tarmac for at least an hour due to a screaming rap star. Seated not far from me (in coach) was a very famous rap star, and he was furious. He was upset because he had been seated in coach and there...

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The Most Valuable Work Is Work That Repeats Itself

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When I was 18 years old, I once responded to an advertisement in the paper that stated a company looking for janitors was offering $15.00 an hour (which now would probably be the equivalent of at least $25.00 an hour). Back then, 20+ years ago, that...

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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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Resist the Temptation to Cut Corners in Your Career

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All over Las Vegas and Los Angeles are these billboards that say “Get The Lap Band!” These lap bands are surgical procedures wherein they cut a person open and tie a band around an area of the stomach in order to constrict its size. The idea...

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Trust Your Intuition in Your Career and Life

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When I was around 11 years old, a couple of friends of mine, Charlie and Dave, had found a use for an amazing garden of sculptured bushes that was behind Charlie’s house. I had never understood or appreciated how exciting a garden could really be. Charlie’s...

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Heart of Darkness, Emotion and Your Career

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Everything is about emotion. The ability of someone to arouse our emotions and heart really drives us. Without emotion, you have nothing. We all have emotions deep within us. Many of us don’t even understand these deep emotions. Your ability to...

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Do Not Allow the Past to Limit Your Opportunities Today

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My one-year old daughter calls a coffee cup “hot” and avoids coffee cups lest she get burned. Until she learns that the coffee cup can also contain coffee, milk, and other foods that will not harm her, she is likely to avoid coffee cups for...

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Why the Best Executives Are So Highly Paid

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The higher I have risen in my career, the more criticism and the more obstacles I have faced. In today’s world, if you lay off an employee, fire someone, or make any other decision that potentially upsets people, you face incredible scrutiny. Former...

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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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