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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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Induction, Deduction, and Your Career

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When you look at the way something has been in the past to draw conclusions about the way something always will be, or always is, you are using inductive reasoning. A standard example of induction would be: All grass examined thus far is green. This...

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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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How Using the Power of a Routine Can Make You a Top Performer

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In the early 1990s, a very rigorous scientific study was done in Berlin on music. The study’s objective was to understand why certain violinists were more talented than others. This study is relayed in a fascinating book by Geoff Colvin called...

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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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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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Self-Help Means Helping Others

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There is a simple concept that separates those who experience great success from those who do not. I am going to tell you all about this concept in a second, but first I want to talk a little bit about self-help. I have read countless books that discuss...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure. “Oh, I already have a friend there. I’ll just contact him.” In the job market, it’s one of the more common things we hear...

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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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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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