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Your Job Is a Game-Make Your Opponents External

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After being in the workforce for many years, I realize that all of our jobs are, simply, games. In every job you have ever had, you are part of a game. Your ability to play the game and be part of the team will determine your success or failure. The ability...

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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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Just How to Wake the Solar Plexus

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All of us have incredible potential that is rarely, if ever, awakened. This book discusses the power of the solar plexus and our ability generate great potential and accomplishment using it. Similarly, the book discusses that our full potential is not...

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Mike Tyson, Distractions, Your Career and Life

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I saw the most interesting documentary on Mike Tyson recently, James Toback’s Tyson. A review of the film in Time magazine relates: At first he was a variation on the proverbial 97-pound weakling: an overweight street kid from the Bedford-Stuyvesant...

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You Need to Delay Gratification

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When I was around 14 years old, I moved in with my father after living with my mother for my entire childhood. Although I was an outstanding student in elementary school, once I got into middle school there were lots of fun things to do. This included...

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Look at Your Job (or the Job You Are Seeking) from Your Employer’s Point of View

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One of the highest performing dental offices in Australia is that of Patty Lund, who takes his job very seriously. Some years ago, Dr. Lund studied the dental market and identified what people considered to be the three worst things about going to the...

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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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Goal Setting

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It concerns us to know the purpose we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want. -Aristotle Goal setting is the single most important aspect of your career. How you focus your time...

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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 Prophet

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The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 and is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different...

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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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