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Seven Reasons People Never Have the Successful Careers They Are Capable of

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A lawyer told me last night that most of the other attorneys she knows are looking to do something other than practice law. Lawyers are one of the most fascinating breeds of people I know. The ones who go to the top law schools and start in jobs with...

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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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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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Treating Your Career Like a Small Business

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No one seems to take the time to consider that their careers are businesses. Your career is no different than any small business. You have a product (you) that you’re selling to your audience (your employer). You need to run your career exactly...

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The Importance of and How to Find a Mentor

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Whenever I am asked what is the missing link between a promising businessperson and a successful one, mentoring comes to mind. Giving people advice on how they can best achieve their goals is something that is often overlooked. –Richard Branson On...

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Finding Jobs Through Contacts

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I work in the employment industry and a large part of my business is devoted to (1) helping people identify job opportunities through consolidating job listings from hundreds of sources, (2) creating new résumés and cover letters for people from scratch...

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Instead of Seeking Praise, Seek Criticism

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Several years ago, I had a girlfriend who would fly off the handle at the slightest criticism.  It didn’t matter who was criticizing her. She would call people ugly, smelly, short–whatever attack she could muster in response to what she perceived...

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Picking Up Suicide Victims in a Shanghai River

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I watched a chilling story on CNN yesterday about a man who has started a business driving his small motorboat up and down a river outside of Shanghai, finding and picking up suicide victims. He fishes the bodies out of the water (in various states of...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on May 04,2017

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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