Life Lessons

Life Lessons

Evidence and Your Instincts

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Joshua Bell, one of the most famous violinists in the world, took a $3.5-million dollar Stradivarius Violin and played for 45 minutes in a Washington DC subway station. Despite more than 1,000 people walking by, only a three-year old boy and six other...

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The Milgram Experiment, Submission to Authority, Your Life, and Career

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The world is, quite simply, a jungle. You have your strong species and your weak species. You have your strong people and your weak people. Strong people impose their will on the weak and make the weak act in ways that benefit the strong. In...

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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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You Are Never Too Good to Stop Learning

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I once read an article in Wired magazine about a guy who had developed an airplane with foldable wings that you can tow behind a car. It was a long article, and I was very interested in this airplane because at one point in my life I was studying...

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The Pygmalion Effect and Setting Incredible Expectations for Your Career and Life

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In your life, have you ever been around people who set either extremely high or extremely low expectations for you? It’s important that you surround yourself with people who believe in you and what you can achieve. It is equally important that...

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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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Work, Details, Your Surroundings and Your Mind

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Yesterday, I was getting a haircut. Before I got the cut, the woman in the salon was washing my hair. As is typical in most salons, the woman also gave me a scalp massage for a minute or two while washing my hair. I was enjoying the scalp massage...

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Do Not Blame the System or Others: Accept Responsibility

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Regardless of what’s wrong in our lives, most of us spend a good portion of our time blaming others for whatever situation we’re in. Every morning for the past several decades, I’ve read the newspaper and every morning I see numerous...

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Phony Accident Scenes, Internal Affairs, Racial Discrimination, and Your Career

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One Friday evening in 2002, I decided to take a couple of our company’s prized employees out for dinner. We had had an excellent week and morale was pretty high within the company. We typically worked very hard and quite late every night of...

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Are You Structured or Free Spirited?

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Around six months ago, I was going to meet with an important investment banker in Los Angeles. It was not an ordinary bank-type office because it was located high in a skyscraper, and was full of wood paneling, dark fabrics, oriental rugs–and...

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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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