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The Most Valuable Work Is Work That Repeats Itself

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When I was 18 years old, I once responded to an advertisement in the paper that stated a company looking for janitors was offering $15.00 an hour (which now would probably be the equivalent of at least $25.00 an hour). Back then, 20+ years ago, that...

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Run Your Career Based on Facts and Statistics – Not Opinions

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One of the worst things you can possibly do is run your career based on the opinions of others. Other people are always going to have differing ideas about where you should work, how much you should work, what salary you should make–and various...

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The Art of War

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an excellent book that contains numerous powerful life and career lessons. It is considered one of the most successful books on military strategy ever written. The book recognizes that planning and strategy are influenced...

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Move Toward the Light

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There is a story I heard some time ago about a man named Rabbi Akiva, who lived in Palestine. He was considered an extremely good person and also a sage. He became the greatest scholar of his time (he lived in the second century) through his consistency....

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Scientific Advertising By Claude Hopkins

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Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins is one of my favorite books. It is a classic book and something that many people I know who are extremely successful have claimed as the source of their success. The book was the first popular book to talk about...

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Alpha Pygmy Goats, Unreasonably Optimistic Russian Attorneys and Setting High Expectations for Yourself

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I used to be a law professor, and I remember in my class there was the nicest kid you can imagine who had immigrated from Russia a few years previously and wanted to be an attorney. He hardly spoke English and had a difficult time putting sentences together;...

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The Power of Perceptions

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In 1991 I purchased a four-year old Audi 5000 automobile for $2,500. When the car was new, it had been listed at $40,000. It was really beautiful inside. It had all sorts of electronic controls, powered everything, and it drove incredibly well. In fact,...

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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, first published in 1908, offers advice on how to live your life, rather than just existing in the world. Following the Industrial Revolution, a large number of white collar workers had emerged who in many cases were unhappy...

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We Create Problems So That We Can Grow and Be Happy

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When I was 15 years old, my grandmother took me to a Honda motorcycle dealership one day and bought me a moped. I believe it was called an Aero 50. That was one of the greatest days of my life at the time because, for at least the previous few years,...

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Concentrate on Your Strengths

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When you look at the people who are the most successful and who do the best in their trade, you often find a commonality: They are all doing something that they love, which comes naturally to them. In fact, the more you look at what the person is doing,...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

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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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