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    Waiting for the Prize Patrol

    By Jun 25,2016

    Several years ago I realized that there was something horribly wrong with my life during the Super Bowl. I was watching the game on television with my fiancé at the time and noticed that there was a van parked far off in the distance. I could not concentrate on the game because I was under the impression that the van was going to start up, drive towards my house and out would pop the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol to award me a prize of millions of dollars. And I deserved the prize, didn’t I? I had dutifully

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  • Job Market 17 Comments 

    The Importance of Fitting In

    By May 26,2016

    One of the most persistent mistakes people make is not fitting in with their work environments. Fitting in enables you to both get and keep a job. In terms of what it takes to succeed in the long term, fitting in may actually be more important than your skill level. This little-known observation is lost on many people, and overlooking this can result in unhappy and unfulfilled careers. Conversely, being aware of this often results in very happy and fulfilling careers. The problem is that it is often the very best people and those with the best academics...

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  • Goal Setting 16 Comments 

    Never Worry about What Others Think

    By Jun 21,2016

    Being concerned with what others think is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Rather than focusing on who they want to be and what they want to do, many people live their lives more concerned about how they look to others. Deep down inside you is someone who is capable of achieving great things and becoming a great person. This is the person you should be. Several years ago, I remember turning in a paper to Saul Levmore, who is now the dean of the University of Chicago Law School. I was taking a class with him while I was at the University...

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  • Finding a Job 4 Comments 

    Always Interview on Fridays

    By Jun 24,2016

    When I was in college I remember going for an interview with the investment bank JP Morgan. I had no idea how I had gotten the interview but it was for something dealing with finance and statistical studies of Asian securities markets. I had gone to high school for awhile in Bangkok and thought it would be fun to have some sort of job involving Asia. I did an ”on campus interview” and a few weeks after submitting my resume they called and invited me to come speak with them for half a day in their offices

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    Meg Whitman’s Greatest Achievement, Networks and Your Career

    By Jun 23,2016

    A few years ago a woman who was working for me sent me a long letter asking for an extreme raise—four times what I was currently paying her. Without going into too much detail, the woman was incredibly accomplished and had a background that was absolutely astonishing. For example, she had been a clerk at the United States Supreme Court and I think she might have  stood first in her class at one of the top two or three law schools in the country. I liked the woman and wanted to give her a raise (she was

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Job Market 17 Comments 

The Importance of Fitting In

By May 26,2016

One of the most persistent mistakes people make is not fitting in with their work environments. Fitting in enables you to both get and keep a job. In terms of what it takes to succeed in the long term, fitting in may actually be more important than your...

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Goal Setting 16 Comments 

Never Worry about What Others Think

By Jun 21,2016

Being concerned with what others think is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Rather than focusing on who they want to be and what they want to do, many people live their lives more concerned about how they look to others. Deep down inside you is...

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Staying Positive 11 Comments 

Do Not Be Vengeful: Let Hurt and Anger Go Through You

By Jun 17,2016

He who conquers the mind, conquers the world.    -Guru Nanak Dev In today’s economy, a lot of people are losing their jobs.  People are being fired and let go from companies at an alarming rate.  There is a huge sense of betrayal people...

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