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Never Get Too Comfortable

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One of the greatest causes of failure stems from people experiencing success in their careers. Whether it is being given a new title, a raise, a position of increased job security, or other success, people often suddenly decide they have earned the right...

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The Focus of the Group You Are in Determines the Kind of Person You Become

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When I was around 7 years old, an international touring group of forty or so young singers and dancers called “Up with People” came to my Detroit elementary school. The group put on a spellbinding show that mesmerized me. I went to a relatively...

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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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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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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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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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Focus on Other Geographic Areas to Get Your Job Search Going

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Let me start with some recent figures, from 2008: “The median job search among those winning positions in the third quarter lasted nearly 4.4 months,” up from 3.6 months in the second quarter. It’s also notable that 13.4 percent of...

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Why You Should Work Weekends and Holidays

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I cannot tell you how many people have ruined their careers by having the wrong attitude when it comes to working weekends and holidays. Although you may consider your work just a job, if you send this message to your superiors, you will be in trouble...

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The Importance of Disconnecting from Your Work

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Some of the happiest, most well-adjusted, and most effective people I know are also people who have a profound ability to disconnect from their work. They can disconnect rapidly and put themselves in another state of mind that does not involve work. Some...

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The Dore Lectures on Mental Science

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The Dore Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward make for very interesting reading for anyone wishing to understand and control the power of the mind. These lectures have had an immense impact on, and have contributed significantly to the New Thought...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on Dec 21,2021

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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