How to Succeed

How to Succeed

The Two Most Important Ingredients of Success

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The day after September 11th, I was watching television when an official came on air to comment about the economic crisis that was about to unfold when the stock market opened. “We know that when the market opens it is going to be very bad. We also...

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You Need to Be Seen as an Authority

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Several years ago I learned about the power of authority while operating an asphalt business in Michigan. When I initially started the company, it was called something like ‘‘Barnes Asphalt Service’’ or something along those lines. When I...

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Keep it Simple Stupid: Confessions of a Bad Interviewer

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When I was in college, I wrote a 500-page book that went into considerable depth evaluating the incredibly complex race relations that existed within the Detroit metropolitan area at the time. Specifically, I was interested in how African-Americans...

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Your Ability to Be Free Will Determine Your Success

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A crucial part of your future success and happiness is having the ability to be free. The concept of freedom is difficult for most people to truly understand because hardly anyone is really free, in the deepest sense of the word. Most people are trapped...

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Your Perceptions Will Control Your Outcome and Life

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When I was in middle school, my girlfriend announced to me she was going to try out for the cheerleading squad. Our relationship consisted mainly of us riding our bikes to school together each day. Occasionally, I might call her after school. The...

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A Message to Garcia and Your Career

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One of the most inspiring true stories I have ever read is A Message to Garcia, by Elbert Hubbard. It is a short essay that discusses the initiative of a soldier who is assigned a difficult mission of delivering a message and comes through, completing...

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How Much Do You Want Your Dream?

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I live on the beach in Malibu, California, on a cliff overlooking the ocean. I have a fairly large lot for the area and regularly rent out my house and lot for weddings, television shows, model shoots, and that sort of thing. I enjoy this. It is fun...

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Patron Tequilla, Guns & Roses and Seeing and Doing What Others Do Not

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One of my neighbors in Malibu is John Paul Dejoria. According to Forbes, he is worth over 4-billion dollars. Dejoria started a shampoo company called Paul Mitchell with $750 while homeless and living in his car. That company now does close to...

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Merchants in a Middle Eastern Bazaar

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There are different negotiation styles around the world and different ways of doing business. In some parts of the Middle East, for example, there is a bazaar mentality among the people doing business. The biggest characteristic I have seen among merchants,...

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Your Career and Life Is about Getting “Let In”

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One Saturday night when I was around 14, one of my neighbors,  a 16-year-old boy who was a well-liked athlete at the local high school, went out with friends to a local party, got very drunk, and had someone give him a ride home.  How drunk was he?...

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Athens, Sparta, America and Your Job Search

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While Athens prioritized culture and intellectualism, the people of Sparta devoted themselves to simplicity and discipline. You need to approach your job search as a Spartan, not an Athenian; don’t retreat from the negative aspects of your life and current job, but rather make them work for you and remain focused on your success.

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