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An Iron Will

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Orison Swett Marden’s An Iron Will is an inspiring book that states that the primary difference between those who succeed and those who fail is whether or not they have will power. However, if misdirected, even a strong sense of will power is meaningless...

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The Most Important Person You Communicate with Is Yourself

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“The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven” -John Milton Several years ago, I was home after graduating from college and I met a guy who was friends with my girlfriend’s brother. He had graduated from Yale University...

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Managers, Idea People, and Workers

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I love watching Westerns. What fascinates me about them is that what typically occurs in these movies occurs in any organization–and the success of this process is what determines the success or failure of the organization. In most Westerns, the...

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Are You More Interested in the Intangible or the Tangible?

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Several years ago, I started a business called Law Firm Staff, which is a staffing business for attorneys, paralegals, and so forth. Because it was a relatively new business and I had hired a manager, I felt that it was extremely important that the business...

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Create a Sense of Urgency

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When I first started selling asphalt repair services door-to-door, I heard one response an awful lot: “Let me think about it!” In fact, I heard this so often it became tiresome after a while. I could speak with 100 people in an evening and...

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It Is Better to Be Known for Something than Nothing at All

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When I was 20 years old, running an asphalt business in Detroit, I purchased a fax machine and a couple of business phone numbers, as well as some lists of companies and businesses I thought would have big asphalt parking lots I could work on that I got...

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The Magic Asphalt Sealer Tank

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When I was in college, my girlfriend had the annoying habit of periodically declaring that the dorms were too noisy for her to sleep. What this really meant was she had decided it was time for me to drive her to an industrial part of town so we could...

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Understand the Nature of People, Jobs and the Environments You Commit To

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Several years ago a long-term relationship I was in ended and I felt absolutely terrible: the person I was with could not stop fraternizing with other men. At least a few times a week, she would be out with a different man and say it was related to work....

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Character-Building Thought Power

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In his book, Character-Building Thought Power, Ralph Waldo Trine draws a clear distinction between good and bad habits. In the process he raises questions as to whether we have control over habit forming and character building, or is it just a matter...

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The Importance of Creating and Maintaining Value

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One of the questions that has bothered me for most of my life is this: “Why don’t certain people succeed?” The reason this question has bothered me so much is because I frequently see certain people around me who have achieved incredible...

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Choose Your Negotiations Wisely

By on Nov 22,2020

Everything is negotiable, and thus it is important that you choose your negotiations wisely. First, judge your negotiating environment and determine when you can and cannot negotiate; in many important matters, negotiating may actually work to your detriment. Your success in both career and life depends far more on your contributions than your negotiating skill, and having things offered to you is always preferable to demanding them.

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