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Concentrate on the Process, Not the Results

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Some time ago, I was listening to a seminar about a company that was in the furniture business. This company decided that because it was doing so well, it should expand into the piano business, and also sell pianos. They went out and purchased a Steinway...

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Go Beneath the Surface to Find a Job

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One of the most interesting theories about life on earth involves the notion that it exists in conditions in which conventional wisdom says it shouldn’t. Carl Wirson of the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution wrote in a 1991 paper: In 1991,...

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Carrot Peelers, Sales, Personality and Your Job Search

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A couple of years ago, I saw a bunch of articles in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and other publications about a guy named Joe Andes. Here is a portion of one profile of him from the May 2006 Vanity Fair: In the early 90s a man...

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You Need to Be Relevant to Your Employer

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In the mortgage industry, many jobs have disappeared. This has put tens of thousands of people out of work. People who lose their jobs in the mortgage industry generally have a couple of options. Frequently, they look for a new job in the same industry,...

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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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Be Proactive in Business and in Your Job Search

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The gloomy estimates you’ve heard about business failures are not exaggerated. As many as half of all small businesses launched in the United States this year will not be around by the end of next year. These businesses will remain as little more than...

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Happy Meals and Bonuses

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In 1979, when McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal, I, along with every other kid, was excited to go to McDonald’s all of a sudden. I was 9 years old back then and the McDonald’s on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, which had formerly been...

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Employers Want to Hire You

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One of the most important things for you to realize when you are looking for a job and you see a position advertised is this: the employer wants to hire you. If the position is advertised, the employer is actually desperate to hire you. When I say ”desperate,”...

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You Need to Stop Competing and Seeing Differences Between You and Others

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If you are looking for a job, trying to improve in your current job, or simply wish to experience a better life, there’s one thing you need to do: You need to be friends with everyone you meet in business, and stop competing and seeing differences....

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Your Brain and Your Career

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In our job searches and careers, there are a variety of forces that can hold us back. However, in almost every single case, the thing that can hold us back more than anything is ourselves and our own minds. In fact, your brain and what it’s doing–how...

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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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