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Ducks, Semi Trucks, Upscale Doctors’ Offices, and Your Destiny

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I have been keeping ducks as pets for some time now. I purchased the ducks when they were full grown, from a woman who raised them with chickens, and I migrated them into the little collection of farm animals that I have. These ducks were born and raised...

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Once You Achieve Success, Savor and Enjoy It to the Fullest

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I have certain habits and ways of thinking about the world that are the right ways, at least for me: If I make a friend, I do everything within my power to keep the friendship going and to stay close to the person. If I get a book, I always read and...

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Seek the Experience and Knowledge of Others in Your Job Search

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Back in college there were men I knew who would always shadow other men at parties. The first man would typically spend his entire evening drinking and talking to a woman he met at the party. At some point he would have had too much to drink and would...

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Take Incremental Steps

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When I was around sixteen years old, growing up in Detroit, my mother’s boyfriend for several years was a tugboat (also known as a towboat) captain. Since the job was unionized, my mother was always trying to interest me in this as a good long-term...

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The Power of Concentration

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I read this book some time back and I’d like to share it with you. The Power of Concentration by Theron Dumont is an incredibly interesting book and  has lots of useful information on the immense powers of concentration and exercises on concentration. —-Harrison The...

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The Importance of Sacrifice to Our Careers

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I am usually up well before 7:00 a.m. However, due to some issues I have been dealing with, today I decided to sleep a little longer than usual. According to a doctor I recently met at a conference, when you are stressed out the best thing you can do...

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Use Personal Stories to Connect with an Employer and Get a Job

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Whenever I meet a merchant, the biggest question I often have is how much something costs. Lots of merchants refuse to tell you how much something costs until they have shown you what they are selling and all of its various features. Many merchants also...

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Why You Must Change and How to Overcome Resistance to Change

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Two of the largest impediments to our living better lives, having better careers, and being everything we are capable of being are (1) not changing, and (2) not taking the action necessary to get us to a new place. The more consistent action you take,...

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The Importance of Sharing Ideas

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When I was in law school, I went into the library one afternoon and took a seat at a desk across from a guy I knew quite well. We were not great friends but I had been over to his home a few times and he was a likeable guy in all respects. Both of us...

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Increasing Efficiency Is Your Best Route to Employment Security

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The cheapening of any article in common use almost immediately results in a largely increased demand for that article. Take the case of shoes, for instance. The introduction of machinery for doing every element of the work which was formerly done by...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on Nov 23,2018

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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