What Readers are Saying

What Readers are Saying


Thank you for your blog. It is a great inspiration for me right now. —Maria

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Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you. —Chris Moran

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Excellent article!

As a career BD person for the past 25 years, I was part of a team which took a start-up engineering firm from $3 Mil. revenues to over $300Mil. In less than 15 years.

From Day One, we focused on a given market sector at the corporate as well as individual level.

Like our staff, I too ate, slept and lived all about the sector which I was responsible for.

My boss / mentor early on had instilled the notion that “if we focus, we win!” And we did. My joy lasted 20 wonderful years.

In my recent position as Dir. of Marketing and Business Development for a small engineering firm, I was asked to run a marketing department which I did very well. But was also asked to be a sector leader for one of the five a markets which we pursued. (I was influential in convincing the firm to focus on selected markets) I tried to explain that it was not going to be easy since it would be hard to be “part-time” passionate on two significant roles where you have to divide your time. Needless to say, I simply could not bring the total, undivided focus while running the marketing department.
Currently the company is caught in a cash crunch, and laying off 15% staff, including my position. Yet, I am optimistic regardless of this very challenging environment that I will have my “second wind” with another firm where I can continue my BD career while “focusing” on new growth sector- Renewable Energy-once again. Thanks for the great insights. Keep’em coming. —Mehmet Turkel

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Dear Mr. A. Harrison Barnes:

I read your Blog every day. Even if I am really busy, I stop what I am doing to read what you have written because every word you write resonates with me on some level.

This morning’s Blog entitled “Now is the Best Opportunity You Will Ever Have” is surreal.
I have been glued to CNN for the past three days watching the events unfold in Mumbai and it has literally ripped the heart right out of me to see innocent lives snatched away, simply as a result of someone being in a particular place, at a particular moment in time.

The intersections of life and death are there at each turn and I don’t believe we can be careful enough with our lives, particularly since we don’t know what may be around the next corner.

Thank you for today’s Blog, it is ever so deep and I will never forget your words as I proceed beyond this moment in time, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

That said, I am going to proceed with pure positivity.
Mr. Barnes, my wish for you is safe travels, always.

Respectfully, —–V. SONNY SONIÁ

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There are fantastic words you described. It is really too much inspirational. I learned one vital thing from it which is “One must has readiness for change.” —Rakesh Nayi

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I’m impressed by your blogs. I printed out a few and will give them to my boys to read and discuss. They are 10 and 12 years old. Your advice is better than I can articulate. Thanks. I especially like the one about target audiences and seizing audiences. (The pictures are a little strange, though.) —Ben

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Hi. I am a long time reader. I wanted to say that I like your blog. –Peter Quinn

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Dear Harrison Barnes.

Thanks for your INNOVATIVE view points on the futuristic topics like interpersonal communication……etc. If in case you would like to visit Kerala in INDIA, and then let us meet when I WOULD BE FREE FROM MY DAILY POSTINGS on the High court of Kerala, as I am practicing as an advocate there. Thanks. —Varghese Chacko

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Hey…I really came to know the real meaning of “commitment” after going thru your paragraph —Stratos

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Your article was very informative as I have been studying NPD since making the connection between such and certain types of workplace bullies. Research is supporting your findings that Generation Y will be more narcissistic than previous generations and this has serious ramifications in the workplace. While some bullies are just poor managers who bully through fear but out of fear (that they do not have the skills to perform the job at hand and fear discovery of such), the NPD or personality disordered bully is much more damaging to the employee and the employer’s bottom line. At present time I have to disagree that NES employees will find themselves unemployed as research into workplace bullying and NPD finds otherwise. NPD bullies were likely NES employees early in their career and at some point find success to elevate themselves to the detriment of the employee and employer. If NES employees are like their NPD counterparts, very few researchers and psychologists support that they can learn from their mistakes and change their personality to become more effective and health people. In either case, NES and NPD employees are a hazard to the workplace and employees alike. The question will be how to address this behavior to gain the benefits they may provide in the workplace and society without damaging the health and livelihood of employees and damaging the bottom line of an employer. —Mike

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Hi,
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your article and your insight based on your experience. I had a question based on the perspective you shared. I was surprised you didn’t balance out how companies have also changed how they handle employees. Capital One not too long ago laid off approximately 11,000 people. We were one of these unfortunate people. They had purchased 2 additional companies, liquidated assets, etc. and due to poor choices ran short of operating cash. During the following year after these people’s lives were turned upside down, they decided to redo their logo and branding nationwide and now have a whole new look… interesting. Companies today treat employees as if they were another financial asset to be used and discarded as easily as computers. So, please, among your accurate and detailed insights, please balance it out with the plethora of companies that are functioning with a new business ethic. People don’t retire anymore because they can’t; they aren’t given the option to stick it out through thick and thin. You are correct, there are young “sharks” that want to latch onto a thriving company and wish to ride the “high.” But please remember the older generation of mid 30′s plus that would love a chance to do a great job and go through highs and lows… Thank you, –Lori Jones

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You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted. —Sue Massey

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Reading your blogs are the only thing keeping me sane and focused during my search for a new job/new direction, especially during these economic times. Thank you. —Jacqueline

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I wish I knew you a decade or more ago and had your advice before my husband and his family talked me into walking away from my senior position at a NY law firm where I would have been up for partnership in another year or so, to go to work for his very wealthy family in another city. I wish also, I had the guts to share the details, but I don’t. To say that it was a mistake would be an understatement of a lifetime, my lifetime. I continue to learn, even now. Thank you. —Anonymous

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This is a good reminder to everyone, and I personally find your words both inspiring and encouraging. I recall a line spoken by the late Carroll O’Conner in the movie “Return to Me”, which has always stuck with me, and which I think of from time to time: “I’m blessed with work”. To have work is indeed a blessing, hard work is an opportunity, and the good results are a blessing to the one who benefits from what you produce. —Tom Watson

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Excellent insights and advice. The advice you give here is both appreciated and applauded. If we all took this to heart, the USA would be by far the most productive nation and return to a strong economy. Thanks for publishing this. ––Tom Watson

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Your article is very inspiring. I too believe in a strong work ethic and strive to do the best that I can. I feel I am obligated to give 110% of me while at my place of employment. Since I am currently working as a paralegal for a self-help center in California I find that I want to help those self-represented litigants to actually be able to see their cases to the end and hopefully their voices will be heard. The perfect scenario is when a self-represented litigant actually wins a case against a large collection firm. Sometimes it is even when they win a little squirmish. Anyway, thank you for your inspiring article. —Arlene

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Hi Mr. Barnes,
very Inspiring Note. But how do you manage your time with your so many websites, this inspiring blog, tours & of cause your family? Thanx —Praveen

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You’ve got great stories. Thank you for sharing them, they’re really helpful, not just for my law search, but for life and dealing with people. —Jacqueline

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Very good! Thank you!

This is very, very helpful. I will apply these rules to my work and personal life. I am reading as much of the articles on this site that I can read. Thank you! —Betty Cochran

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I found this website while looking for employment in the Phoenix area. I was amazed that of all the links I could have clicked on, I chose this one. I have worked in the legal profession for 30 years. I am a trial paralegal and recently moved from the Los Angeles area to the Phoenix area for a quieter, gentler life style. While I do not believe I am running from my past, I have had many sleepless nights in the past month pondering my decision to leave a solid 6-figure position at a prominent national law firm during the worse economic times our country has faced in 26 years. I am fearful that I made the wrong decision economically but confident I did the right thing for my spirit. I enjoyed reading this article and it made me do some hard thinking this morning. Thank you. —Deborah Nicholson

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This is an awesome note, I think the best I read on your blog (and I confess I haven’t read all of them). I am sure many are grateful for your obsession to find jobs for others, but what is most important is that this all consuming desire is bringing you a lot of happiness and satisfaction. I would be curious to hear what you think about having several obsessing desires vs. just a couple. Is it better to have one or two and focus on them? Or is it perfectly ok to have many and run after all of them at the same time? Is the amount of energy and desire limited by human nature and the limited time there is in one day? I used to think that the universe is just a catalog of desires and it is perfectly fine for me to ardently desire everything. But then somewhere in the process, I ran into exhaustion … —Violeta

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Hey Mr. Barnes,

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your article and it put a lot of things in perspective for me, also I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. I think part of the problem is that not only should we not measure ourselves against perfection, but to also understand that perfection is by and large an illusion. Tony Robbins child came out of that school believing his own father to be somehow inferior, believing himself to be inferior.

But those are really illusory because the people who are in that private school are just thinking with dogma, not real critical thinking. their parents success is handed down to them and they just assume that it’s because their parents had the right idea about how to live life that it got them there – or if not their parents their ancestors; but you get my drift.

But this is just dogmatic thinking because the world is in a constant state of flux and today’s solutions are definitely not tomorrow’s solutions. After all, old money was at one time new money; and old money basically does itself a disservice by unintentionally alienating so many obviously talented individuals who all require a feeling of respect and dignity and without a doubt, they have something to contribute to our collective humanity.

And it’s also telling how fallible people “at the top” are; I think doing our own personal best and challenging our own limits, and expecting mutual respect from the people above us and giving a hand to the people below us – this is the only way to go about making our collective existence meaningful in any way.

Anyway, I really enjoyed reading your article and wish you the best. —Brandon

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I have gone through life trying to find someone who can think and express themselves like you; we are similar in our approach to the world. I love reading your articles. —Russ

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Harrison:
Enjoyed reading your blog and you have some excellent insights and advice about the importance of “seeing yourself” in the correct manner. Much of what you talk about mirrors Asset-Based Thinking….focusing on what’s working and possible versus what’s not working and problematic…deficit based thinking. Dr. Kathy Cramer and I have created some powerful books on the subject and I blogging about it regularly. Check it out if you have some time and welcome to the positive conspiracy. Keep the good advice coming.
—Hank Wasiak

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Hi Mr. Barnes,
I have been an active reader of your blog for two months now and I count it a blessing that I have been able to receive such inspirational and stimulating advice on life and success. I am daily bookmarking your entries on my blackberry so I can look at them wherever I am, because they never fail to motivate me to act. However, it’s hard to express the disappointment I felt when I read this entry and saw the phrase, “Despite being of Germanic descent, and among the whitest people I have ever met, she had recently started listening to nothing but hip hop– I was beginning to think she was starting to think she was black.” What exactly is “think(ing) black” and how would you characterize it? I’m not accusing you of being a racist or even prejudice, especially given your previous jobs and outreach programs in the Detroit area that you’ve written about. I’m really just trying to provoke a new thought and challenge you to not use, say, or believe phrases like “thinking she’s black,” “talking like he’s black,” “dressing like they’re black” or any other racial or ethnic group. On the eve of the most historical inauguration this country has ever witnessed, I think it’s clear that there is really no such thing as “thinking black.” —Imani Kane

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Wow, that was a great article. I wish you had written it and I had read it about two years ago, my life may have taken a different turn. –keyboard warrior

Great Article! I definitely believe in the power of suggestion —Jay Walker

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What a great friggin story!!! I applaud your decision to divulge such an embarrassing episode. Reminds me of when I tried to illegally moor a ski boat in Manhattan’s east river. Keep living those dreams others are only courageous enough to criticize! “Adversity is the first path to truth.” ~Lord Byron —J

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Dear A Harrison Barnes,
I enjoy reading your e-letter, powerful information you are sending out. I especially loved today’s topic, “How to Count in your Career and Life”
I wanted to speak with you personally, I understand what a busy man you are. Shaun Cody, who took my call was kind enough to inform me of this webpage where I may send correspondence. I would like to speak with via phone 702 650 3117 or please provide # and I will call you. While my area code is Las Vegas, I am living in EST Zone. Thank you for wonderfully uplifting e-letter. It is greatly needed in these tough times. I look forward to hearing from you.
Be well.
Taste the Freedom,
Chef Otto

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I am very pleased to have stumbled across your site! I see you have given some excellent thought to the subject. Transference of energy is a universal principle. It is governed by the laws of physics and meta-physics. Energies of thought, emotion, and action. Speaking of those who seek employment in the legal or corporate environment, the energy you bring to the interview, is a reflection of the character. For example, what makes a Harvard law student, who graduated at the top of his class, forsake the six-figure starting salary, to do community organizing for slightly above minimum wage? That is the real question for our talented post graduates. The person I refer to is part of a paradigm shift. A shift in vision. And the vision is not for sale, because it is priceless. And the transference of energy is welcomed and applauded around the world. Too many of our talented people are bought off by money. That is the old and crumbling paradigm. The new generation of professionals will use their genius and ingenuity to transform our neglected and abused economy, into a shining beacon of light and the promise of prosperity for ALL of our citizens, and the world. They will be innovators and pioneers. Those are the qualities that make companies as well as countries admired throughout the world. In a way, we must return to a time when a person’s work was for more than just making tons of money. Today, our country is truly at the crossroads. —Randall Carlisle

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You have good things to say. I am a second-year evening law student down here in Houston, former college English instructor. I’m inspired to “not dabble and push myself to succeed like it’s all or nothing, do or die, never give up…” Thanks, I will remember you and hope to use your services in the future. —Robert Jones

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Mr. Barnes,
Excellent post! One I plan to copy and keep on my computer.
So much of life is about positioning, and positioning yourself to succeed.
Success is a journey and if you are not willing to make mistakes you will not get very far.
In a declining economy this is more important than ever.
Cheers! —-Bernie

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I learned a lot from this article. Thank you. —Richard

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The article is actually a perfect balance of realistic expectations of employers that hire salaried staff to fulfill the company’s workload and clients expectations, combined with a clear message that it’s not every single weekend or holiday.
The truth is that staff members (good ones) know when the workload warrants those expectations of salary that include managing your own workload and investing the time of weekends and holidays and when is acceptable to not to.
Let’s be somewhat realistic, in that if the article doesn’t hit the nail right on the head, why wouldn’t every employee be an hourly one? Salary is a relationship between employer and employee, that provides the added benefit of to the employee of paid time off, and I don’t know of an employer that scrutinizes a salaried employees paid time off in the same way that some employees do when it comes to be expected to invest more of themselves into a job that’s future monitory opportunities likely rests in that same productivity by the employee.
In short, if it’s a relief to get paid when you’re sick, on vacation, have a personal issue or the like, why should it be a burden to have to invest time outside of one’s “normal working hours”. Can’t both scenarios be accepted as reality?
Why should the employer be alone in the commitment to do what needs to be done in order for the team to succeed, and not the entire team assume the responsibility to fulfill workload requirements. It is the essence of salary and hiring staff.
Consider the alternative in an employer hiring an additional member of the staff that increases productivity, but has now increased payroll. Any employer knows that the bottom line has now been affected and the costs of doing business has increased and that this new addition has possibly determined the company’s ability to satisfy merit raises during that teams next merit evaluation. To the point, your raise went to hire a new person, and maybe this one will invest what is necessary on the weekends and holidays so that employee number one is no longer needed. Now everyone gets their raise again!
Of course, employers can’t have and I don’t think do have unrealistic expectations, and tine with your family is the highest of priorities, it sure is mine. I often think about how the time that I do spend with them, would be affected by me losing my job and having to get two jobs to make ends meet. My best path for success is the one that makes the company that I work for the most profitable, if you don’t believe that, just ask everyone that is currently being laid off and is having a hard time find a job.
One of the best articles that I have read in a long time! —Perfect Article

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Hey,
I just wanted to write that I really appreciated this post and thought it had some great advice for job seekers out there. I’m going to link to it on my blog.
Great post about limiting beliefs. —Jared

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Good information for these in uncertain times you might need when the unthinkable happens and you are now unemployed. Respect the process, it matters. In law school the professors called “the process” “…learning to think like a lawyer…” —Kevin

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Good article on understanding that respect for the process is required regardless of the task. Success requires understanding that good results are attained require respect for the process. —Kevin

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Interesting, thank you so much. I’m going to bookmark this and reference it frequently! —-Jtizyl

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Sharing information is a vital component of existing as a human being. We encounter many people, circumstances, and ideas…one of the most important ways that the we (human beings) learn is through the transfer of information from one person to another. All relationships (intimate and otherwise) hinge on the sharing of information – feelings, thoughts, ideas, and emotions. Bravo for your efforts to share everything that you know…we (our culture & society) need more people like you!

I too experienced a similar “outline situation” in undergrad…I didn’t understand it then and I do not understand it today. Why do people – smart, intelligent members of society – feel they gain more by withholding what they know? I don’t know, but this act says a lot about our society and our ability to uplift one another.

Great Post!!! Thanks you! —-Tramaine

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Very interesting! I like it :D —Zibaz

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Very meaningful stuff. Great writing. —Paula Ruas

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Interesting story.
Anyway I think it happens everywhere and you are not a single case.
Keep up the good work! —Himnosiss

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I love the idea about viewing aging in a positive way. It seems like only our culture is determined to think negatively about it – to think, those who simply let time take its course are living longer and fuller lives. Thank you for the article! —Jane Kaiser

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Great advice, especially in this economy. Thank you! –Jennifer Hagley

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I give your article 5 stars. This is the most consummate article on anxiety that I have ever read. I have always wondered whether there are real hypnotists out there. Most of the time when I’m under stresses, I think a lot and I make a lot of lists. When I’m not under stress, I feel that my head is empty of ideas. To me stress is sometime good. Sometime when there is a lot going on in the hospitals, nurses have to pretend that nothing happen or else they don’t have the heart to get out of the hospitals and take breaks. I agree with you that the best way to not be a worrywart is not to worry. —Historytrivia

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I like this post. It is very inspiring and is just the encouragement I need right now. Thank you very much! —Jennifer

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Wow, that post sort of grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me awake. For the past few months, I have been living like a hamster spinning my wheel and getting nowhere fast. I do not think that I have been lazy I’ve just been following the crowd. I think a lot of the lackadaisical behavior that you described comes from American culture. You are taught do not show the seller that you really like the house. Do not let the car salesman know how much you want the car. Then there is do not let the employer know how badly you want to work. Thank you for reminding me that in some cases a bit of passion can be a good thing. —Job Hunter

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Very informative post! Stereotyping is a big problem; some people do it and don’t even realize it. But you are right, everyone needs to be understood. We are all different and for someone to take one look at us and assume who we are is ludicrous! —Jennifer

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Thank you very much for this wonderful article. It gives me great power when I read this over and over again. I love to visualize what I want to have in life, like a job the person I love so much. But, but…how do I remove the negative feeling that comes my way when I visualize? I need your help sir. I want to see my family happy and I badly want the person I love so much and a good job that I have thought in mind.
I can be reached on the above mentioned email address.
Regards and god bless. —-Sylvester

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This article was very well done and is very much appreciated. —G. Craighton

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That was a great article. —-Rachel Seaton

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Excellent post.
I believe that recruiting and human resources are two of the most important functions in any organization — at least conceptually, they should be. Unfortunately, these two functions are usually not staffed by the most capable people. I know I’m going to offend a lot of people by saying this, but I honestly believe that if every recruiter and HR person has the kind of value, skills, and sense of responsibilities like you, we’ll have a much better professional world.
Also, too often recruiters treat the recruiting process as a transaction — screen some candidates, get someone hired, get commission, have lunch with the candidate, get connected with the candidate on LinkedIn, and then the process is over.
Recruiter has the unique opportunity to play a much larger role in every job candidate’s professional life — no corporation will take care of individuals today. Every professional needs a life-long career coach to look after him/her, to help identify the next opportunity while the candidate is still employed, and provide coaching/feedback to the candidates’ ongoing career progress.
I’m so glad to find your blog — I’ve read every single post you have on your blog, and it is very inspiring. I have long believed that job creation and helping people grow their careers are the most meaningful jobs in the world. I’m glad that I find someone who shares the passion.
Cheers, —-GeekMBA360

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Great Article. I enjoyed the read. I agree that people have become too lazy when it comes to the search for a job. THIS IS SPARTA!! —Travis Maynard

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Nice article, the topic was covered internationally – I liked this —Robert Bernard

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Thank you for your well thought out post. The quote at the top kind of stopped me in my tracks. We DO all have a skeleton in our closet… the better it is hidden away, the more it feeds on your soul. I will definitely think about addressing my personal shadow now —Cordis Munditia

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Great article, absolutely true, but is not so easy to bring tormenting things from your unconscious, and it also may be dangerous without the appropriate help from a prof.
And I Might add, involving emotionally with someone, if you are not confident enough the other person might experience lack of interest or see a hard way to reach you in a deeper level of involvement —Freebird

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Great post, and is especially relevant in today’s economic climate. —Jack Andy

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Thanks for the unique insight! Not only informative, but a pleasure to read! — Bryan

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Good article. I would like to have read more about why people do not finish what they start. Completing a task is clearly a success skill. Even if the task is not done well, one can use the experience to learn how to be better, as you pointed out in the article. I agree that not doing something well can be damaging to the ego for most. The interesting thing is that many people have no problem getting started with some things, but for some reason lack the staying power. What is it that prevents a person from pressing forward? Answer that question, and then you will have solved the problem of many. Is it a question of will, ability, or fear? Perhaps it is a bit of all three. —-Cynthia

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Crazy Insightful! I shook my head to just about every sentence in your story/blog/session. I wouldn’t classify myself as a dreamer but I do have a lot of started projects….that just haven’t been finished with plans to going back to them…needless to say it ends up a “car on my lawn”. I looked up this information, seeking help, or a reason for this, and I received all of that in this article. Thank you so much, I’m not sure if this is going to make me get up tomorrow morning and clear off my lawn, but I hope it’s a start, and just not another one of my initial exciting ventures. Thanks again! –JusRobin

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Dear Mr. Barnes,
Your writings are as an oasis in this vast desert of useless information. Thank you for doing this. It means the world to people like me. —- Dilip

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Harrison,

You make an excellent point in your post. It is perhaps one of the great keys to overall better relationships and definitely an advantage when seeking new employment.
Makes me wants to write about it!
Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!
Looking forward,
—-Michael Long, The Red Recruiter

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Hey Harrison,
Just wanted to let you know that I rented the movie my fair lady and really enjoyed it! It is hilarious, and I wonder how I missed it in the first place.
As a teacher, I can relate with the Pygmalion effect. The students look up to their teacher for inspiration and motivation, and by feeding them the right words, we make their lives.
Very good article, thanks. —-Walter A. Coles

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The article is really very good. It helps me to do better performance in my work. Please keep posting such articles. —Matt Stanley

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Good article, similar to what I call necrotic momentum. —Sam Adams

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Thank you for this wonderful post. After reading it, I almost cried tears of joy, pride, ardor and fight. No fear for the struggle… it is there to be overcome. —Gonzalo

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As a writer I find this article very practical. I find it hard to just enjoy some family time without thinking about what would be a great topic for my next article. I have several friends and family members that could also use this advice! —Edwin Melendez

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Harrison,
Great article…very insightful; contains tons of excellent advice for people out in any kind of job market!

I’ve wanted to tell you that I have been in the HR field for over 20 years and I receive upwards of 25 to 50 electronic newsletters, tips of the day, etc on job search advice, but your column is one of the very few where I consistently see extremely useful, real-life ideas. Your conversational style of writing makes it easy to engage in the topic and your method of using life experiences as examples, no matter how small, is highly effective. You’ve found a wonderful way to humanize the process, which is something that I can see, has gone by the wayside in our world of electronic everything!! Good for you! Thanks for the continuum of excellent reading and ideas! —Vicki Gaddy

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Well done! Lots of paragraphs. A good read. The subject is very interesting. I myself I guess could be accused of this. But not of my own doing. It seems that I have had a lot of jobs due to working with start-ups. Many of the companies I have worked for…have lost funding or simply gone out of business. I have however consistently found new jobs in the same general field — research, content, intellectual property — business development. An amorpic field always changing. I wonder sometimes if I am a “dabbler” but always conclude I am not. Been married a long time (to the same woman), have kids, house, stable personal life. The career thing has always been a challenge. Went to law school long long time ago (they threw me out for bad grades) even though I studied 12 hours a day. Guess that wasn’t meant to be. Got over it. Wrote fiction. Taught (inner city situation – very very grim). Was a copywriter. Went into account management in the ad biz. Moved into new biz in that business. Morphed into biz dev in research. Software, content, internet. There HAS been continuity and a steady trajectory but the journey is always hard and requires learning new fields always. I am and will always be up to the task. So, I am not a dabbler but I do get your point. BTW — you meet lots of women out there. Has your wife read this column? Ha. Thanks for your ongoing creative and independent thinking. —John Minett

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Great post! —Kim Randall

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Great article with many relevant points about finding a job. I found it an interesting read, and will certainly be employing some of the things you mentioned in my job search. —Chookiechick

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Great article. —John Mario

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I think it’s really interesting that you mention turning your career into a mission. I am going to be graduating from college next year, and it’s hard to figure out what you want to do, what you’ll love to do and how to make a job into a career and furthermore into a mission, but I also think that maybe it’s something to fall into and keep trying to find. Very inspirational message! —-Joan

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Love the article. Really good writing and great design.
Never stop learning; I know but back at you. —Lee

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Hi Harrison,
I am from India and I became a diehard fan of all your articles. I have no better words to express my love for your articles except to say a big thank you.
Keep going! Cheers —Ramdassan Thirthala

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Thanks for re-posting this blog entry. —Joe Sugarman

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This is an incredible article. I’m sending it to all of my LinkedIn contacts and anyone else I know. I can’t wait to read some of Joe’s works. My life has been changed by reading and lifelong learning. I just wish more people “got it.” —Gail Hernandez

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Thank you for releasing me to imagine. Thanks for sharing and making me believe the impossible just by imagining. What a great tool we have been blessed with and forget to use. As children, we imagine countless things and as we become adults, we begin to settle and we forget to imagine. Imagine all the possibilities and the limitless dreams that are locked within us. Today, those dreams, absent of fear are released.
Thank you for sharing and giving me back a spark and my freedom to IMAGINE! —Patricia

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You really gave me support on revenge. I am not revengeful but now I am
forgiving of others who continue to be so. These people cannot let things go
it is really sad. —Maggie

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Great post! I couldn’t agree more about avoiding complexity. I’d like to recommend Bill Jensen’s book ‘Simplicty’, and its companion book ‘The Simplicity Survival Handbook”. Especially for knowledge and information workers, they are – in my opinion – required reading. And for a Manifesto of The New World of Work: read ‘Work 2.0′, also by Bill Jensen (www.simplerwork.com) —Emma Hamer

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Harrison,
I recently came across your blog and was very impressed. That is rare.
Although we all are drawn towards those that have similar philosophies to our own you have undoubtedly taken actions to influence others rather than just postulate. I believe your blog on why they still work is a similar take on the internal drive that differentiates. I hope you don’t mind if I reference you and particularly your “Ferrari”
blog on the personal blog I write (referenced above).
—-Dan Collins
Chief Operating Officer
AddVenture Products

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I can’t tell you how much I needed to hear this message. By so many standards, I have accomplished so much in my life, but yet I seem determined to stay in a vicious cycle of how I am never quite “good enough”. It’s like you read my mind as this is exactly what I have been struggling with over the last few months and all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just needed a bit of perspective (kick in the pants). I am now hooked on your inspirational messages! —Christal

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These are great tips. Another good idea I stumbled upon is-
Keep a daily list of 5 positives/accomplishments. That way you’ll be able to go into your next job interview able to talk about how you’ve been spending your time since your last job. —William Caitlin

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Harrison,
Your ability to connect with the human psyche is impeccable and is probably the greatest attribute to your success. You know what you stand for, and you make no mistake of that. I admire that quite a bit.

I have learned a lot of very valuable life advice from your blogs, and it has been, and continues to be a pleasure putting them together into power points.

Thank you for your counsel.
—-Todd Schultz

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Harrison,
I have to say that this is by far one of the best blog posts I have ever read online. Hell, I have never even typed a response to anything I have read online before.

Don’t mean to be a wise ass in any way whatsoever and can infer what you meant, but in the first sentence of the second last paragraph I think, after having read this entire post, that you should have put careers/missions in place of jobs here “When I found my mission of getting jobs for the world, everything changed.” (Is much more accurate I believe!)

Anyhow, I just wanted to say that the entire message was extremely inspiring and enlightening. Your short stories and examples both easier to understand the definitions of (work), job, career, and mission and truly brought everything for me to life! There is not a day that goes by in my own life that I think about the differences you describe here and the effect they play in one’s life.
Currently, I am 22 year old, a year or two from finishing undergrad (due to changing my major so many times), and am in turmoil in regards to what I want to do for the rest of my life. The hardest thing about it is that what I believe that I now want to do (after having changed my major and potential career ideas seven or more times) has nothing to do with what my major is in.
It is difficult because simply continuing to go to school more for something else costs money and time. I agree with everything that you have said in your article. I even encourage others to truly seek something that they themselves, and not what their parents or others have told them to do, are passionate about…that they could see themselves doing for the rest of their entire lives, making the biggest difference during their time on Earth, and fulfilling the God-given potential that we were made to be!

In spite of being an optimistic person, I cannot see I can become what I truly want to be, what my mission may be. As a result, I have grown clinically depressed; have been on several meds over the past half a year to deal with everything, and even have felt suicidal at times (no joke). I sometimes ponder over why the hell life has to always be so hard, such a damn struggle. I mean, why the heck can it not be easier finding something you are not ONLY good at, but also LOVE to do?!
You stated that one should find what they are truly and uniquely good at, correct, and then make a career based upon that? But is that good enough? I pose the questions to you: Would you rather do something for the rest of your life that you are good, maybe even the best at? Or would you rather do something for the rest of your life that you love to do? One would logically assert that if a person finds what they truly Love to do, then the probability that one will become good over time at what they choose to do is very high. However, I have played so many different scenarios in my mind as to what I may want to do one day and so far I have failed with each new idea. It hasn’t happened for one reason or another. And to be honest, I feel that it has greatly contributed to my growing depression…as each idea comes crashing into the ground, one on top of another.

At this point I feel that, in the state I am currently in, I will be lucky to even graduate from college, let alone go on to graduate school. I don’t want to work a job for a moment of my life, but as of now it looks like it unfortunately is the direction I am heading towards.

Would you happen to have any advice for me? Don’t want to take up too much of your time seeing as you’re both busy and successful, but figured I’d shoot this to you anyhow. Thanks for writing this…meant a lot to me! ——-Mike

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You are so insightful, thank you for sharing your wisdom and humor. ––Andrea

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Harrison, I am starting to call you my late night “coach”. I wanted to tell you that I am really enjoying reading your column and believe it has a lot to offer people who need a mindset readjustment.
After several months of being a “job-seeker” I am on the cusp of launching a new venture. I have realized that the only way out of this economic Tsunami, is to pick up your feet and start moving.
Your column on risk taking was timely. It is risky to start a venture in a recession, but I believe it is more risky to wait around looking for a job that may never come. Luck favors the bold.
I don’t know how many others are reading the Blog, but I wanted you to know that there is at least one person out here who looks forward to receiving them.
All the best and God Bless, —-Bernie

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Hi Harrison,
I have been reading your articles and find them really interesting and helpful.
Thank you —Diego

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Your article spoke to me in a profound way. The need to be significant is something that so many former working professionals who are now stay-at-home parents struggle with each day. I think you hit the nail on the head by urging people to live the life they want to without being controlled by a need to be significant. I wasn’t able to really achieve that until I reached the age of 45. I’m not sure how it happened….it was a slow realization that I can contribute to my community as a parent, wife and volunteer and make an impact, even though I’m not an executive in a Fortune 500 company. The ego is not involved; it’s my desire to do good things with the time that I have. —-Lori King

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This is fascinating, courageous and insightful article. I hadn’t thought much about this need to be significant before, but I think Barnes clearly and compellingly articulates something quite profound. I’m going to forward this to friends and family members. —Ian Heller

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Mr. Barnes: Thank you so much for sharing your up-lifting interpretation of the world and job market through your articles. I must tell you that I have personally shared and reposted your articles dozens of times since becoming a member of your service. I share your articles because I have a network of job-seeking associates and employed friends that I feel can truly benefit from your insight, writing style and philosophy. I admire how you choose to relay such a positive life message to people seeking light in the darkest of times. Thank you for being a light for job seekers around the world and to me. After 22 years of career success and now a first-time job-seeker, I can only hope that my path leads me to work with a leader who has such a clear vision and passion for what they do. —-CM Burke

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I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. I found some of your recent articles fascinating and would very much enjoy being a part of your network. I have been out of work for over a year now and I am separately seeking some career advice, just thought I send you an invite for a possible introduction. I enjoy receiving updates, but unfortunately, with being out of work, I cannot, at this time afford to join. I am sincerely hoping you will accept my invitation. I can be reached at any time via email wahowe1@gmail.com or you could always contact me directly on my cell at 813-777-9172. I am also a BIG fan of Tony Robbins and I would really appreciate it if you would allow me into your network. —Bill Howe

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I thoroughly enjoy your columns and, believe me, they have really, really made a great difference during a difficult period of life–for the better. I appreciate this greatly. Watch the grammar.
In the Orient, it is an insult if you pay the price they quote. The stated price is but an invitation to negotiate. My wife is Korean and she always haggles over price. At first, I wondered why she bothered–until she got discounts on things you would never imagine. —Gonzalo

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Mr. Barnes,
I just recently applied for a position on the BCG site and as a result was sent your newsletter. I usually delete these types of emails, mostly because I am just so busy and only have so much time in my day to read email. Today, however, I read your articles on suffering, which then lead me to read your article on unlearning and controlling your internal world. I want to thank you for these articles. They have given me a lot of personal insight into my own struggles with career. I am officially a fan. Thank you. —Rachael

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I just had to say, an amazing piece.
And so very true.
Of course we need certain things that need to be done in order, and order is the word here to have a healthy life.
I just think that humanity as whole could be much happier if we do not make all these rules for ourselves on how life “should” be.
“If I have this, or things go this way I’ll be happy”, but you never get there, wasting all this beauty that is around you today.
I quit my job because of this and I am now building something for myself, very uncertain and maybe scary but at least I’m doing what I want to, instead of someone telling me how things should be, in someone else’s eyes.
Also I am in love with a woman that has rules for everything and it is tiresome for us both, she’s unhappy and she calls me to relax.
I’m not, of course I worry too, bills, job, house, all of that but some years ago I found out for myself that life is so much better if you can just accept things for what they are.
I just hope that she can get there as well and we can be happy together. —Jerom

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Harrison, another great post. I feel like telling the people spending thousands of dollars for a “Life-Coach” that they should just read your Blog. A few months back I didn’t quite grasp the implications of your philosophy, but now I look forward to reading it each evening. Thanks “Coach”! –Bernie

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I really loved this post. Especially the part about the overweight maid needing to take time off to go and exercise. That’s something my housekeeper would do —Andrea

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It is one of the best posts on net. —Karan

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It’s so refreshing to stumble across such a positive and heartfelt post. Your sound advice and open outlook seem crucial to success and your faith in the strength of character gives a wonderful nudge in the right direction down the pathway of success. —-Turtle2

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Great post I really liked it —-Falguni Rath

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I Like Your Article Because it gives so much information on the Narcissistic Entitlement Syndrome(NES) Present In The Younger People Like Us. This can be very helpful in our everyday social life Thank you. —-Shabbir Kanchwala

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This is part of the reason I enjoy this blog so much. You have such courage in mining your own experiences to make a point. I never know what I’ll find here, and that keeps me coming back! —Cay Cole

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That was a great article. I couldn’t agree more on the selection. My son is Lucas after the character in CHL.
Luke’s rendition of “Plastic Jesus” was also great.
Fight Club, while gritty, is essentially the same genre. —-Luke’s Dad

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Thank you for this inspiring article, Mr. Barnes. My challenge is how to keep remembering this distinction. Sometimes, I can re-arrange my thinking quickly to get perspective. Sometimes, I’m stuck for days. Do you have any particular ways that you “practice” to keep on track? I’ve noted that you meditate every day. Is that a key component? What else would you recommend? —Kae Kohl

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It was a really good blog you had achieved a good success in your life. But the rules are little hard to follow. But this article is very very useful. Really one can succeed in his life by this article. —Dheeraj

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Very inspiring words, indeed! My first instinct was to skip the list. But, after reading about your success with the two prestigious law firms, I was inspired to take a second look. It’s easy for an outsider to stand in judgment of another person’s life, goals or ambitions. However, success speaks for itself. And, it seems that you have clearly achieved that goal. Using your goals and having them properly fixed in your mind, allowed you entry into a world that many people only dream about. These goals served as a clearly marked path along which to travel. Thanks for the inspiring story. I’ve bookmarked your site and hope to return for another reading. —-Beverly

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Hello
this is an excellent article to read. Well I become a regular reader of your website because the content you posted here is quite knowledgeable and interesting —-Vaibhav Bansal

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That bird sounds so funny. Thanks for the laugh. I found some free help for you. The article stated, “You can discipline your parrot by telling him no very firmly. He will associate no with doing something wrong.” The full article can be read at http://www.essortment.com/all/africangreypar_rkli.htm. The writer also suggested that you record some phrases that you would like to hear and leave the recorder in the room with the parrot. Thanks for the laugh and good luck! —Job Hunter

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Thanks for a fascinating insight into the world of business managing. I regret that you have not told us what your situation is today, are you still employing many different people? What solutions have you implemented? On that note, I’d like to suggest one of my own. Funnily enough you have mentioned yourself: Transcendental Meditation. I heard that many employers have provided instruction in TM to their employees as part of a corporate development program. The results were extremely satisfactory for both sides. The employees become happier, more creative and more self-motivated, and the employer gained a much more reliable, productive staff. I hope you consider it. —Semolina

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It is an excellent article in such a situation where employees getting out of their companies. It is very hard to survive the next few weeks/months and find a job soon. But this is what happens in economic times like this..but it is a bit long, interesting though. –beinghappy4ever

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I must say that I learn something today; your blog is very educational. There are things that I didn’t really understand until I read this article. I just wanted to say thanks. —Jeremiah

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Excellent!!! —–Shweta

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I learn something amazing every time I read your blog! And, I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I’m always inspired to greater heights and new achievements. And, I couldn’t agree with you more. Often life limitations spur us on towards greatness. There are so many great people in the world who never do anything with their life. That’s truly a waste of talent. But then you read about others who suffer from disabilities and misfortune and how they have succeeded despite their rough beginnings. And, you can’t help but feel motivated to do the same. We shouldn’t have to be challenged to rise to the challenges that life presents. Please keep posting your insight and I’ll keep reading! —–Beverly

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Mr. Barnes, thank you for sharing this. I had not heard of the publication before. Surely hits the nail on the head in these days of “it’s not my job”.
I appreciate also that you use the example of the chicken kabob vendor. In American society in particular, the disdain for “ordinary” jobs borders on pathological. As one of my spiritual teachers used to say, “anything can be a walking meditation.” ——Kae Kohl

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I love this article. I was always aware of people like this, but wasn’t informed on its actual title (NES) Thank you so much for the information. —Beth Faircloth

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I loved the awe inspiring message of hope and courage this article had. It tries to teach understanding and virtue, and these are things we all need. —-R. Sherwood

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Hey nicely written!
Well your story resemble to each and every person who is not getting time to find some relax. Well Playboy Mansion is a great place, I would also have an urge to go and enjoy a day at Playboy Mansion. —George

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Thanks for that article… Gave me a lot to think about
now all I need to do is.. FOCUS! —-Shane Lorenzo

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Very informative ——-A.Arun

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This is a good article. VERY well written. I noticed some of the most successful people are selfish
they only talk about themselves. For hours and hours. IT’S a very strange world we LIVE in. —-Isabelllll

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Great article Harrison. —Daniel Spielman

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I want to thank you for your unending dedication to writing these posts! Your newsletters always seem to uplift me, not because you view things with rose colored glasses but because you go right to the fundamentals of human nature and reveal our rationalizations. Being aware of these rationalizations fosters personal responsibility which ultimately leads to a sense of empowerment. Thanks again for cutting through the nonsense and getting to the heart of every matter you write about! —-Melellebro

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Wow, this is such an eye-opener! The last few weeks I had been contemplating on how to decide on whether to make that major shift in my career or not. I came across a high school classmate of mine through facebook and she offered me a job which is really hard to resist. I have been battling with the thought of leaving my current job due to some disputes I had with my superior. However, since I do not have an alternative job or a fallback at the moment, I keep sticking to my comfort zone of four years. Now after reading this article, I am more confident now to make a decision just by keeping in mind that I can be “the person I am trying to be”. I don’t need a shift in my career to do that, right? What can I say? I guess, thank you for this wonderful eye-opener, Harrison. More power to you! —Marsh

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Great insight into everyone’s internal struggle. Very well written and put together. About 10 years ago I realized just this “no matter what I have, I will always want something better.” And “In the end all happiness comes from within.” The crazy thing is that I slip back into this thought process of “needing” and I have to pull myself back out. I have to bring my thoughts back and tell myself “wanting is fine but the needing needs to go.” The constant internal drive for a bigger house, a cooler car and a larger TV will continue. Once again great insight and very enjoyable to read. —Max Alewel

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Great story and insight! I wish there were more people with your thoughtful insights and willingness to help. —Gonzalo Vergara

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Wow, great article, really touching at the end. Will definitely be checking back with this site in the future. Excellent writing. —-Rick Johnson

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A good explanation of a difficult and contested subject area. Are these people mad or bad? At times I guess that the answer is both. Sometimes, as the article suggests, it’s the people with these conditions who seem to reach high positions in our society. Perhaps it has something to do with a capitalist society in which self-interest is promoted over the communal good. —-Orknotone

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Harrison, nice post. I admire your tenacity and ability to not give up. Having been in transition for more time than I would have ever expected I truly believe that the race is not for the swift but who shall endure. The ability to actually speak to someone who can make decisions is tough, but not impossible. You just have to be tenacious. –_Bernie

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I love this article. It definitely rings true. I have crossed paths with arrogant people and because I am sensitive by nature, I always took it so personally. With time I came to understand that arrogance is really indeed a blanket for insecurity. —Theone Andrews

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An interesting perspective regarding core identity in your life! —Fuzz Ishaq

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It’s a great thinking and I like this story very much .actually perceptions are often far more important than facts. You will get a better job due to how you are perceived over and above how good your résumé is. And also this is an informative article. To read this article people can be easily know about how he presents himself to the world. And how his reputation will be grow etc. ok thanks to give as kind information. Best of luck. —S.M. Imran Haque

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Harrison, another great blog posting. Perceptions are very important especially in the modern economy. It can make the difference from being hired to being out of work for an extended period. With so many people putting their life story online, they forget that perceptions are being made, both for good, and for bad. —-Bernie Malonson

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What a profound story at the right time in my life.
Thanks! Please keep sharing your comments and life lessons. You have truly inspired me. May God Bless you and your family.
I don’t know where I am going, but faith will get me there. —LaFonda

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Great article! As a producer of a student TV show, I feel that I need to find volunteers who like their work, hence will be more productive. This is why my show is regularly regarded as the best at our TV station! More people need to know that productivity = success! —W.S.

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Excellent article. It is so true that people do need to always have a backup plan in place at all times. Same is true for people who invest say in a house based on two salaries and do not consider the loss of one salary and what that would do to their finances.My mother used to always say, “never put your eggs all in one basket” —Jessica Bogosian

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Thanks for the article. Respect. —-Pierre

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Thanks for the very enlightening article! They should teach this kind of stuff in college. So many young people get wrapped up in moral issues of what is right and wrong and miss out on the big opportunities in life.
Who is to decide what constitutes an unfair advantage? After all, our concept of fair is based on precedence and tradition. If one person has a college education, you might say they have the unfair advantage over an uneducated person when it comes to getting a high paying job. But that doesn’t mean they’re doing something wrong. They’re simply utilizing every available resource to win.
Using unfair techniques to accomplish a goal, doesn’t equate unethical or illegal behavior. Thanks for your observations. —Beverly

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Dear Harrison,
Thank you for this column which is highly enjoyable and entertaining. You make some very good points.
It is also nice to read about Deep Springs College, which I attended from 1984 to 1986. Later I earned a B.A. at SUNY Buffalo, and a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.
Deep Springs College provides a difficult and demanding program that is not for everyone.
Please allow me to apologize if you were treated with disrespect while you were a guest of the college.
Students at Deep springs take ideas seriously. Arguing and discussion (for excellent reasons or sometimes perhaps no reason at all) sometimes becomes the norm.
Because it also doubles as a working ranch, arguing is not enough. Hard work, competence, tenacity, and good craft skills are also respected.
Deep Springs College changes rapidly as students and staff come and go. Had you visited a year earlier or a year later your experience might have been very different.
That is because Deep Springs is “intensely republican with a small r.” Many tasks are performed by rotating committees, or by individual students who change office every several months (as was the custom in Italian or Greek city-state republics).
The admissions committee that considered you as a potential student was thus not a committee of academic professionals, but in large part the students of the college.
Because the students take such a large role in administering the College, mistakes inevitably happen. It is unfortunate if your experience was unpleasant. Again, please allow me to apologize. From your column, it seems clear that on some level the students were (consciously or unconsciously) testing you.
Thank you again for your column. The College is doing well. We anticipate celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding eight years from now in 2017. More information about the college is available at its web site, and it continues to seek applications from prospective students who seek the sort of education it offers.
Kind Regards, —Charles Abbott

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You really hit the nail on the head. I went to collage thinking I was going to become a teacher but I turned out I was no good at it and changed my path to starting in a trade u really have to do what u love. Great read thanks —Brad

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Great advice. I have met a fair share of people in the industry who expect that their mere presence is value enough for the company. They assume that the company needs them, not vice versa. Whichever way it may be, providing value for the company is always a good idea. —- Hugh

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I really enjoyed the article. It really spoke to me because I am currently in school also and I take classes not because I want to but instead because I know that colleges will enjoy them more. Also I now know that I must focus on what I am good at not what others think I would be good at —-Alex

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Great article. Dishonest people associate with dishonest people, an excellent rule of thumb for sure, just look at bands of thieves, gangs, etc. I’m a high school student, so I have a clean employment record, this article definitely helped me realize that I need to choose where I work very carefully, else it may stick with me for the rest of my career. Enlightening. —–Vincent Pazdzior

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I never thought about this concept until reading the article….that sharing could lead to happiness. I do need to agree though because every time I have shared, it has brought me nothing but happiness seeing their faces light up in happiness. Thank you for the article Harrison. Was a good read. —-SilentSpartan

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This is a great sentiment all well and good in theory, but is it really rational. Isn’t this just like saying karma will repay you for your efforts? Well in my experience the bad guys always win. Look at Wal-Mart for example —Brian Priest

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Your article reminds me of a fun take on Descartes. I enjoyed the analogy about tomatoes, and it really brought a more post modern critique about beliefs and manifestations. We as people should not be afraid of what we cannot do or create, but what we can. Great Article! —-Jaclyn Harris

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This article was great. Not only did it give me a lot of insight, but also reassurance that my current beliefs on sharing were right. I totally agree that sharing and giving should not be based on getting something in return —Bob Rokhstein

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I loved this article. I find that sharing is the key to happiness. You cannot really appreciate what you have unless you share it with others. By nature people tend to think that sharing is simply giving items away; I’d like to think of it as giving back. —Jason

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Very great article I never looked at sharing like that, when I think about it I do realize that sharing does help you and furthers you in life or at work. I really look forward to reading more. Thanks —-Christian

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This article is a great peek into the world of sharing and the article opening tells us everything we need to know. If you are good at sharing you will do well and succeed in life and if you are bad at sharing then you will not go far. Who would have thought that every time my Mom told me that, she was giving me some very good life advice? —-Gomez

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What a fabulous way to turn your life around and use your hardships for the good of others. I am impressed at your strength and equally saddened by the paranoia and cruelty of others. I myself have tried to do the same with my own hardships and the only thing that truly matters is the people whose lives you are able to impact and change. —Tiffany Spaw

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The article is nice and thought-provoking, clearly bringing out the fact that we need to discover our strengths and peruse the career that we are good at. —Sri

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Love how you put this. Even know it might not seem rewarding to some people karma will come around and you will get what you deserve. Very insightful and something to live by. —-Kyle3

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Hey great blog! I have struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse in my earlier life, and it was refreshing reading this paper. It really seems like you have put yourself out there, standing up for what you believe, and helping others. Great read —Steven

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This is a very relevant article to ANYONE who went through the college experience. There’s a lot to be gained from seeing old friends never grow out of “stoner” phase. —Jordan

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This is the kind of post that keeps me coming back to your site. Honest, insightful, and most importantly helpful. Fortunately I already have a job, but this is the kind of advice that transcends the job search. Being “against something” and being vocal about it can probably help me move up in my career as it is just another way to show your individuality and relate to others…. —-Jennifer K

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That is inspiring and makes total sense all in one. I like how you pointed out that being against something can get you more noticed than just going with the flow. ––Ryan Edward

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This blog has a lot of meaning to it. It shows how one person is able to show how he/she can feel about ones opinion to his/her life. —- Ryan

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Hey. Great article you have here. I certainly agree with you with this line –
“The key to finding happiness in our lives lies in loving what we do.”
People will desire less when they find happiness in what they’re doing and that will lead to happiness. It’s just like a domino effect. But as easy as this may sound, it’s actually much harder to be in this situation especially when people are naturally insatiable. —Kate P

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I think that is good advice that something I can use when looking for one and keep my head up and get the job do –Marc Baldwin

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This is a very insightful article! It is hard to fine what one likes or desires! It took me awhile to find what I like to do. Now I’m there working at it and loving it. Finding and loving the simple things is hard to nowadays but I’m enjoying it every chance! —-CT

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I love your articles. They remind me very much of a book I once read called Das Energi. I don’t quite remember the author but it is indeed a compliment. —Lindsey P

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Hi Harrison
Great Thoughts applied …. Each and every thought as per you are in the footstep of person in that profession. Great to hear this from you, I would like to say that these theories differ from person to person from time to time in every situation … keep up the spirit …. Would like to hear more from you —Xoriant

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Hey Harrison.
I like your articles and think they are very insightful. Don’t know if you’ve read A new earth by Echart Tolle. But I recommend it. I would like to hear what you have to say about his theories about “happiness”. Anyway keep up the good work, have referred you to a lot of my friends. — Andrej

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After reading this article I realized how much it was really spot on. It makes sense that sharing can help lead to happiness. I plan on informing my family and friends about the concepts found in this article. —Dshoults

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Very interesting story, I definitely made me laugh a couple times. I do have to say though that not everyone who seems to be bad is actually bad, however a lot of the time it in fact is that they are bad. Oh, and I do love how things you do not seem to talk about with anyone end up costing you money that you do not have to pay, haha its happen to me before. —Tony

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This is something that I don’t think a lot of people think about. Resistance is defiantly something that everyone needs to control. This was very informative and knowledgeable. I think everyone needs to read this. Thanks for posting. —-Travin

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Great article, criticism is overrated anyway. —Lcyhott

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These are great points! Especially how it’s important to avoid regret. Feeling guilty for something doesn’t help solve the problem! Very helpful. —Kate Acker

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I always expect too much and sometimes I really think this can be an issue with my life. I really enjoyed this article and it was a very good read. I really hope to read more like it thanks. —Joe Bizzro

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Wow, some very important life lessons indeed! Especially ‘People will do what they want’ another way of saying people do things for themselves and not against us. —Hannah Hopes

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Oh dude this guys knows exactly what he is talking about. I can’t tell you how many days I’ve wasted…literally wasted…because I was not happy with the job I had a time. Having a sucky job and a home life that wasn’t much better can get so depressing and it can only help to fill that time with some self improvements. It can be as simple as learning to play an instrument or learn a foreign language or a myspace or facebook page can seriously be a huge help. —Adam Carr

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This is a very good article. The author jumps right into the subject of employers and employees instead of starting off the article with irrelevant information. It was very helpful in showing me the nature of people when it comes to business —Devin Porter

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It’s good advice, a lot of people enter into jobs or companies, that aren’t doing so hot thinking they can help change it for the better. In this job market, hooking up with a company that can’t seem to find its way up looks to be a big mistake. Thanks for the info! —Mike

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excellent, wish I read it way back….anyways it’s an inspirational article, going to share with all my friends –Bryan Kuziwa

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Awesome article, very though provoking! —George

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Great post. In fact, I love every single blog post you have!
A side question: I too think Las Vegas is full of potential. But, how do you manage your business (which I believe is in LA) while you live in Vegas? Do you commute back and forth? I’d love to hear your story about how you decide to move to Vegas and how you continue to run your various businesses remotely. —Bill

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Very nice article. You definitely are a gifted writer, able to hold the reader’s interest. Article of interest also. Thank you and God Bless. —–Sam

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As a loyal reader of your articles I have to say this one is one of the best I’ve read. I also liked how detailed you were with all your points it really helped me understand some of your points. Keep up the good work!! —–Patrick

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Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. —Sulumits Retsambew

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This really is great article it shows what really happens in real life —Omagor

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Fantastic site!!! You’ve done yourself proud. The more we learn about ourselves and our surroundings the more prepared we will all be to fight the evils that poison our minds and OUR environment. One of the Dalai Lama’s 19 instructions for life is: “Once a year, goes someplace you’ve never been before”. I’m glad I visited this wonderful site. Keep it up! I will certainly encourage others to stop by. —Alex45

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You’ve certainly inspired me, and I’m sure many other readers. This is easily one of the best career blogs on the internet. I only wish more people know about your blog.
What makes your blog so valuable is that you’ve been through many of the career problems/challenges yourself — you’re not one of those career counselors who spent their whole life advising others while they themselves have never held any of the “real” jobs. You’ve lived the careers of a lawyer and an entrepreneur, which makes your advice particularly insightful.
Keep going and look forward to more great articles from you. :-) —-Bill

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I feel this article was written just for me! I am an attorney working in a large firm. For the past year now, rumors have been circulating about my work performance and now these rumors have manifested themselves into a negative evaluation from my supervisors. I know in my heart that these rumors are false and I have evidence to prove them wrong. However, I’m an introvert and I really just wish I can duck my head in the sands and let the whole thing blow over. This article gave me the strength and encouragement I needed to refute these rumors and protect my professional reputation. ———Anonymous

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I must say this is a great article I enjoyed reading it keep the good work :) —-Randy Pena

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Nice article, just wish I could read the bottom left section. It is getting cut out.
Thanks, ——-Oscar

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Woohoo!! Lovin’ this post!!
I must admit to being The Happiest Person I Know – yep – one of those whom you refer to in your post – always laughing, singing, dancing. My life’s mission is to help other people enjoy their life as much as I do. I have to say, though, I DO encounter rough water occasionally, but I feel this is so I can help others negotiate their own rough water when the time comes. So I take it all on board, and notice how I get through it, so I can teach others.
Really do love this post! Thanks.
Live Life Happy! ——-Jacqueline Johns

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Thanks for the message that “fear is only anticipation.” I have been trying to explain that sensation all of my life! –Chris
Fantastic site!!! You’ve done yourself proud. I am really thankful to you because you are simply great I am very happy to post my comment in this blog. The system provides the operator with a simple elevation and wind age solution through complete integration of external environment, operator, and gun system specifications, enabling small arms weapons operators to produce highly accurate long-range trajectories to any number of specified targets at extreme ranges. I gathered lot of information from this site. —–Lorrie78

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Positively positive! Thank you for reminding me to reach for the half-full glass, for a change.
http://www.facebook.com/ronaldbarry or possibly /ronbarry ?? Thanks again! —-Ron Barry

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Thank you for this article I really like the part about relationships.—– Person

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Just what I need to hear today. When people say if you don’t succeed try and try again. But there is something about the way you approached the topic and sharing Stallone’s story really has inspired me. Thank you for the inspiration Harrison Barnes. —-Laura Eastes

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I don’t know where to begin. This is amazing. I’m definitely inspired because once in a while I display my introverted tendencies when I’m around people. I know I can conquer it. I believe in myself. Right now, I want to accomplish so much but I have to alter some things in my life. This includes friends and bad habits. —- Omar

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Loved the article; every job seeker should read it! And fascinating perspective on why you didn’t hire the ex-CEO. —Gonzalo Vergara

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Great article!! Very honest, very deep. Thank you Harrison. —Mary Palumbo

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Love the post. Finding a job is like the search for a relationship. And if you need some action, you’re just gonna say, screw this, hit on every damn thing with a pair of legs! Everyone does this, and the women eventually turn bi.
At this rate, pretty soon, we’ll all be unemployed! Heard of the Resume Race Theory? http://digg.com/d312Ylh —-Dominic Son

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Exactly what I needed to “hear.” Thank you for writing this! —Stephaine

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This is simply the best advice I have received. Thanks to you. — JohnD

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Your stories have been of great comfort and help to me during a very difficult time in my professional life. Thank you for your wisdom and common sense advice. —Raymond

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Wonderful post and I couldn’t agree with you more! :)
“One of my greatest goals in life is leaving people better off than they were before they met me.”
That’s exactly the way I feel! I also figure that if something I mention (a tip, a piece of advice, a resource, etc.) doesn’t resonate with the person I’m giving it to at that moment, then perhaps it will at another time when they need it the most. And, if not then, perhaps they’ll remember it for someone else and pass it on to help that person when the time comes.
I also agree that we have enough critics (sometimes even ourselves!) in the world; seek out and make room for positive friends and mentors who will help you see your own strengths, your accomplishments and your potential. There’s nothing better than encouraging and motivating someone to recognize the best things in themselves, and to be their best! Great post, thanks! ——Lisa

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I’m excited for the new round of people who will get their hands on this course, learn and apply, and change their lives forever.
Thanks for continually raising the bar. Great article, really interesting, hopefully you’ll write many more just like this. Out of curiosity though, where do you get all your information from? Anyway, keep up the great work! —-Chris Alex

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The article is great and useful. But sometime you just do not have enough time to follow the questions line. —Poll

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INSPIRING! Life isn’t easy. God wants us to persevere but we have to be willing to believe in him and push forward in accomplishing our purpose. —-Omar

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Tenacious to say the least! Great post, man… keep it up —Jet Skis

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From this I came to know how to communicate with other persons in company…and where I stand in this competitive world……. thank you for giving me such an article —-Ramyasung

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I find these messages really inspiring. I can see that reading them every day could in fact make an important difference to the quality of one’s life, hence success. —–Lorna Fraser

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I got so interested while reading the article which talks about the freedom and independence of one’s action in this society. I am so inspired by the words of this article, many constraints ruins our success. We have to get ourself free from those constraints. Keep writing!!! ——gopinath

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Oh! What an eye opener. —–Mbetwa D.S.

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I like this; really, it has helped me as well. The message is also biblical; it encourages us not to worry about anything but thanking God in everything. I have enjoyed reading it and it has as well helped me. —Helen Mbetwa

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I love this article because it both makes you think about the similarity of people and organizations to what is portrayed in western movies. The plot in how organization evolves and how movie plots are shown is almost the same. In both the hero and protagonist definitely carries the burden of the story in its early stages. Nice article!!! —Rolansky

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Hi Harrison,
Thanks for a wonderful article.
Some much needed advice for so many today and an interesting story as well. I have tweeted it and hope it gets many more readers. —–Richard Towsend

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That was well written and I liked the conclusion. Too often people think only of how to attack others, though it is possible to make just as big a contribution in a positive way. I’ve passed the link around to this essay. Thanks. —Stephen M Ethesis

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This post was a wakeup call for me. I too graduated from U of C undergrad and UVA law school. I need to transform my wish into all consuming desire. Thanks. —SL

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Thanks for posting this. I had not read Haanel before and found this site with the Master Key System available as an e-book http://www.thefreemasterkey.com/ —–Nivine Zakhari

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Wow. Thanks for reminding all of us just how important it is to look outside of ourselves to others. It’s not just the right thing to do. It won’t just make you feel better. It can make the word a better place AND it will have a direct impact (for the better) on your own psyche. —-Brad Morris

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Excellent! ——–Tracy Turner

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The warm feeling I get when someone is thoughtful enough to say thank you for having been helped far outweighs the empty one I get when there’s no feedback at all. Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you. —-Mikemac45

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Hello Harrison,
You have helped me so much in making my career decision. Your thoughts and guidance were my inspiration. Thank you so much for the beautiful emails I receive every day. I have passed most of them on to my friends and encouraged them to sign up for receiving their own mail from you. Although we have never met or spoken I feel that you are great at what you do. Again, thank you so much.
I wish you continued success and all the most wonderful things for you and your family.
Have a great day! —–Chilla Riddle

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Andy,
Great article! I’m going to give it to my 16 yr-old son and then take him to the Johnson O Conner Research Foundation for aptitude testing to help him discover what he is passionate about and gifted for.
Your article reminds me of a friend I had in High School. She went to college to be an architect. When she graduated in the late ’70s, she designed one of the first planned/themed condominium/community developments in the nation down in a small town in South Texas. She made her millions and then did what she really wanted to do and that was to make movies. So she hung up her architect’s license for which she had invested many years of schooling and moved out to California. In order to break into the movie business, she knew she would have to start from the bottom. For years, she worked all kinds of movie-related jobs for little or no pay–from swinging hammers on movie sets to editing film. It took years, but her passion-driven hard work paid off–you know her now as the director of “Twilight”–Catherine Hardwicke. She was very good at architecture, but her passion was for making movies! She’d be the first to tell you that the 25 years she spent earning her stripes were hard, but that it was made easier knowing that she was doing what she really enjoyed. —-Lee Logan

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Thank you for writing about passion. Not often enough do we hear the words that ring true in our hearts. We love something but we have fear. You remind us that fear has no place in success. It is about finding the passion, following the heart & fighting for the dream until it actualized.
Thank you again; you’re a wonderful resource for people. Do you cover Detroit exclusively?—-Dustin Norman

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I am very much pleased in reading of your article’s was so stressful but now I am relieved by your articles may the almighty god richly bless and keep you. —-Hasani Simon Sithole

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Huge topic. Thank you for reminding me of it. A person of any age should develop a skill set for identifying role models and mining them for effective, ethically sound behaviors and communication patterns.
We should also consider the consequences of cultural changes which tend to discredit, efface or conceal traditional role models without credibly transmitting new ones. The IT revolution, for example, seems to have cut both ways: it provides broad access to model patterns if they are made available as web content or the like. However, versatile and user-friendly communications media now allow key individuals to work their best magic through narrow, selective channels, unobserved by many others whose deep understanding of the relevant, effective behaviors would have been needed when communication was costly and laborious.
In this regard, thank you for sharing your insights with the rest of us. —–Finn Simmensen

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nice great post in that article a lesson for the freshers who are finding jobs, and who are graduate but not able to find right job but how there will handle their job and career in the future. —-Sid

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This is very inspiring, it amazes me to learn the truth behind our daily life and how much time we wasted which could be used to do many more things. It hurts me to see people being sad as life is unpredictable, we should take everything into our stride, overcome all obstacles and move on. That way, we can be happy and look forward to tomorrow. —–xCloudStrifez

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It is a very useful and informative blog. It is very vital that our resume shows all our skills without fail. Your special skill if any may attract the employer, who knows? You can provide some more informative on your special skills outside the academic qualifications. That may impress your job provider. —-Sankar

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Absolute stunning article!!
Harrison Barnes is really an amazing guy ——Graham Vertue

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Mr. Barnes provides excellent advice in this article. He writes in an interesting way. The tugboat analogy is most striking. Congratulations for a well-written, well-thought-out article. ––John Black

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Very good post. There are many important things have been discussed in this post, for example how companies in USA and UK are outsourcing work to India for cost cutting. We need to be very careful while choosing an employer. Thanks a lot for posting such a good post. —-Mohammed Ilyas Shareef

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Hey, thanks for sending me your blog, it made me smile and realize some of the things my mama told me growing up really do work. I have always been of the mind set to surround yourself with positive people and people who knew more than you. It made me a stronger, intelligent and not afraid to take risks. —Vishal

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Very inspiring. —Omar

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This site provides much important information and advise how I get a good job. —Boby

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An uplifting account of positive thinking. Glad I did read this. Will keep visiting. Ciao. —Shwetha Maiya

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This article is so accurate that I feel compelled to write and thank you for it. So, thank you. —-Rebecca

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Really good article!!! Strive to do your best, improve yourself (as Mr. Barnes stresses in his columns) but never be afraid to be yourself… this is what makes you an individual and gives value to your life.
Never let your dignity play second fiddle because someone tries to put you down. You can always find another job (Mr. Barnes and his company will help you find one); and if another individual tries to put you down in a relationship all the time, that relationship will not last. Leave it! —-Gonzalo Vergara

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This was a very good article and I’m going to follow your lead and make myself a list of rules. The first list will be about getting a job, but the second list will be on what made me good at my previous job. I was one of the last employees to be laid off, so I have no animosity toward my previous employer. I do have one question though that perhaps someone can answer, how do you deal with having the job’s rules change without notice? I have been caught in a catch 22 a couple of times where one rule is to become independent in my work and the other one is to ask if there were questions. If a decision I made ended well, it went unnoticed, but if there was a problem, even one not having to do with the actual decision, then I would be critiqued for not asking for help in the decision. What would you recommend for these instances? —Linda

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Great article to read on. The man is known by his deeds regarding the kind of job he is doing. —Owen Love

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This is really a great article to read on. The interesting part is CATHOLICS AND BIRTH CONTROL. The Catholic Church, by attempting to impose its medieval dogma and deny Africans the protection of condoms, is quite happy to condemn millions to die of Aids. The Catholic Church wants millions of unwanted children to be born into poverty as they will be ripe for future Church recruitment. —Owen Love

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Very well written article! I have really enjoyed reading it, grammatical and spelling mistakes are rare and content is interesting. I will bookmark this site for more interesting stories. —Vlada

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The story touched me immensely because I could identify with it in many ways. I was an executive holding a techno-administrative position for most of my working life and I always worked hard to fulfill the dual responsibilities of my job. Although most of my colleagues were critical of my attitude towards work and financial compensations from the employers were inadequate, I was never discouraged. I did the best I could. I can honestly say that I derived genuine inner satisfaction from my work and it is a great reward in itself. By reading such genuine articles I feel vindicated. Thanks! —-Gaurav

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This site is full of relevant information that is good for me.thanks for sharing! —Euro angel

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Harrison, you put out great stuff! Keep them coming my way. You show deep understanding of people, and you communicate really well. I am one of those older people, and I need the kinds of inspiration you generate. It is true…boredom that creeps up on our lives is deadly and depressing to what was once enthusiasm. Could you share more of your writings on how to rejuvenate older persons back on to a career path? Thanks. —Howard Kubota

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Truly, all of your articles are very informative. Can’t stop reading them. Please keep up the good work. –Carlene Clark

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Great article. A favor please. How about some articles directed toward paralegals, maybe even have a paralegal column(ist)? This is a great site. —Chris

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Very moving piece. Inspiring, helps all of us to remember how many gifts that we have. It would be neat for you to contact the couple and let them know that you thought of them. —Carol Lieb

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Harrison – I greatly enjoyed your column on making the most of your assets. Your comments about successful people involved in insider trading made me think of the former Premier of British Columbia, Bill Bennett. I knew him when I was a reporter during his years in government. He had only a high school education and had followed his father in running both the family business in Kelowna, BC, and later in running the province. Yet, after he got out of office in his late 40s, he was caught up in an insider trading scandal that severely tarnished his reputation. He apparently got a tip from a friend of some bad news coming down about the friend’s company and dumped his stock. Bill had plenty of money, lived in a very nice house on Okanagan Lake, ran the family businesses again, mainly real estate holdings and other investments, but he was afraid to take a hit on one investment, albeit a bad hit. He and his brother sold 517,000 shares minutes before trading was halted and it was announced a sale of the company had fallen through. When trading resumed, the price of the shares had fallen $4 so they avoided a $2 million loss. But I wonder sometimes what his reputation and legacy is worth.
We built a new $145 million bridge over Okanagan Lake the opened last year and named it after him, so I guess all is forgiven, but I wonder how he feels about it today, particularly since he had to disgorge the proceeds anyway.
But thanks for the thoughts about making the most of all my assets. You’ve got me rethinking what I’ve got to offer. —-Tim Perrin

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Your article is very informative! This will help people find easier a new job. I think that everybody should read useful tips before trying to find a new job. Thank you very much! —Roaxana

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I really enjoyed this article and found myself agreeing with everything it said. Successful companies tend to be successful because of the relationship between employers and employees. —Hackwell

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I always appreciate your article and this one particularly as I assess the habits that have hindered me. In the past couple of days I have been particularly focusing on having a positive outlook and reading this affirms that my efforts are not in vain. –LNC

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Dear Mr. Barnes,
Your article on the Parthenon is one of the best I have read. The “principle” is something I have never heard of. I will ponder the values of your article.
Sincerely, —-CA Levijoki

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Thank you for this timely advice. So many people are out of work these days, and layoffs are increasing. Finding what work is available and being to work at it is a very good thing to do. Do your best to find what is available. —Corinna

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I agree With Your point, It’s very nice article, useful Information for Life & career, Thanks —Priya

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When I visit this site I read posts and I was an-joy. Author is saying true and I really appreciate with the author for his nice feelings. Its only way to help in financial and jobs pleasure.
Your thoughts are amazing and it’s my pleasure to visit site. —Valantina

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I’ve been greatly impressed by the post. I also agree, the royal road to success in practical life is long experience. Thus, experience, perfection and success form an effective trinity. —Mondip Gharai

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What a great piece – I just happen to run across your site and started reading the message, thinking it was going to be entirely recruiter related. You are a very dynamic individual, I’m glad I came across this message!! –Richard Murray

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The column is an awesome column. Anyone can apply this to his daily life. Everyone can be happy and world would be more productive to understand the meaning of your column. Thanks to write a wonderful column. —-Vshamu

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Man, if everyone could understand this concept the world would be a must happier and more productive place! We are taught to conform to people’s expectations for us not what we feel or know to be true inside us.
I enjoy reading your column very much. It can be applied to work school and life. Thanks. ––Lucinda

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I like your article so much it’s very enlightening.that is so true we attract good things if we are surrounded by good company so to get ahead of life we must choose the company we should keep— Christian

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Very nice post. Very helpful site for those who are currently unemployed or seeking a job .This site seems to have everything for everyone who’s looking for job . I would rate it 10 out of 10. I definitely recommend Hound services for those who are seriously lurching in their career. —Mohak

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This column is amazingly good. It is the perfect advice for anyone. It is better way to establish any one. I agree with the writer. —Vshamu

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This is very nice sites for job seekers… those who are all want their specific jobs in specific industry please go through this web site.I got lot of knowledge when am unemployed but now get job by this site… and lead my life very smooth and happy.. Thanks a lot for Hound.com… Keep rockz…. —Jackspar

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This very post completely changed my view on the skills and competence in job sector. Experience along with required skill is the best way to battle it out.bye —tapan

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I totally agree with your article, very well written. These days, when everything seems to go down it’s important to have positive people around you to cheer you up and give you the energy you need to move on. —Honiawa

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Hi Harrison,
I’m an unemployed attorney in Los Angeles and find your articles very interesting and helpful for my legal career and personal life. Would you consider taking on a mentee via email? Thanks and keep up the good insights. —-Christian Ku

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I’ve been impressed by reading this post. Experience, perfection and success are the most impotent thing of a life. These are the key to success in life. —Mukit

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Thanks for such a wonderful lesson! After reading it, I was touch and blessed. I have now learnt that without having faith in your life there’s nothing you can do! I hope and pray that others would be touch and feel blessed with the above lesson. —Sharon Thomas

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Excellent Article and the information is definitely true. –Bernadette Bruton

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Very good story. You recognize the importance of people who make the most out of your skill set. —Bris

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It is truly a great experience of reading this book. Before that I’ve never ever thought that we can change the whole scenario by using our mental strength so well. It will surely improve my lifestyle a lot. —Rahul Mehra

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Great review. I think this article should be read by every father, it may help to widen their mind towards children –Bris

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nice post this post very helpful to me to carefully to find a job ,and how to come at people , nice review my friend wish you success do not ever get bored of writing my friend —Kusanag1

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Very well said!
Unfortunately I discovered that I am totally like the person you described here. I am not at full capacity, and I did not reach my full potential. I do a work which I don’t like, only for the money, and I did not reach my goals in life. A little said, but true!
Your article makes my think about my situation.
Thanks! —–Corina Valeanu

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Hello,
This is a great advise. This is the first time I read this much content and that was really great. I have learned many things from this. This is really great. I love this site. This site has made wonders for many people.
Great Post.
Keep it up.
Thanks —-Sunil Ohja

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Thanks for sharing. I loved it! Very true! You must be careful on the partnerships you make. Nobody is as committed to your own success as yourself. —Sara Segebre

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Nice article.
I found many difficulties in doing my job lately, but the approach you explained here is great.
I was given over work.
But now I enjoy the work given to me, and done by me.
Now I’m more organized than before and more respected.
Thanks to your approach. —Vishnu

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This post was very nice. It helps me to keep balance on my decisions. So our decisions should always decided by us not on anyone or anything.—–Amalan

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I Love this article I keep reading it over and over its AWESOME!!! —Wonderful People Search
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Harrison
Thanks for your insights on interviewing and negotiating tips. Not having to go through this for some time now, it is insightful to see how various professionals view these skills. —Joel Segar

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Very helpful, inspirational and relevant to my life right now. Thanks. –Shedrick Cole

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This a very inspirational article, it touched on an important aspect of figuring out why we may not be moving in the direction we want to go. Sometimes we just don’t realize that little things we do can hold us back and try to overcome – and this can apply to all areas in our lives. —Mystique Jackson

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Very inspiring article! From where I came from, some parents still dictate the College courses their children should take. True enough, very few of them become successful. Imagine yourself being forced to take a nursing course when you can’t even stand the sight of blood? Or take a Business/Marketing course when you are even too timid to approach people? I agree that we all have our own talent that needs to be shared to the world, to inspire people. Once we find that strength within us, we would shine in our chosen field/profession. —Mei

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Really inspirational and energizing.
Thanks. —MJ Alonso

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Wow, all your articles have helped me in my business life so much. Everything about this article really inspires me to change the way I do things. I’m looking forward to putting it into practice in my life. —Evan

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Great article and even better advise. To accent your article I believe Ecclesiastes 3:1 says it best “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”. Thank you. —Alex Rhodes

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I am very pleased to read your article. I think you are very good adviser. you advise our real life situation. I am impress to reading your blog. Thanks to you giving your special suggestion. –Shoumen

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very impressive blog…really…I have mailed it to many of my friends. Its helping out a lot.. —John Smith

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great article thanks for the heads up keep it up —research paper

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Excellent article! I could have used this information a long time ago, but it is just as fitting now. Thanks!!! —Sonya

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this article is very informative and useful as this is a necessity for every one as each and every one requires a resume to approach for the job, and they can easily get benefited by reading this article. – makhdoom

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Excellent tips and most importantly the way they have been explained easy and to the point. I love reading your articles because I find them very practical and useful. Thank you —Nasir Malik

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I think that success in our careers is to believe in yourself and always try to work hard. a very good article, and very useful for all people. Thanks —Zoldieck

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this is an awesome article regarding positive thinking. being positive is a very good quality of a person which leads to a happy living of a person. —-Makhdoom

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Yes, it’s a really good article for all kind of persons, I am expecting more from you! —-Karmega

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That’s deep. Harrison I like the way you interweave lessons with a story. —Omar

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A very inspiring article that shows the significance of positive thinking in life. Undoubtedly, positive thinking is a tremendous driving force that enables one to overcome all kinds of obstacles in his path and achieve success. —Gaurav

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Really a nice blog. I like it. —-Shaheenul

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Thanks for helpful information you catch up us with your instructional explanation. I found your blog on Google and read a few of your other posts. Look forward to reading more from you in the future. —Chirag

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Great information! I have not much information before I read your article. I have visited first time here, but now I will come again and again to get something new from you. —Chirag

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Wow, what a find! I have never heard of this course. As a researcher of brain health and fitness news and information, I will be studying this course for sure. Thanks for posting it and making it available! —Gary D

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Great article, Mr. Barnes. It even made me squirm a little to see things more from the hiring manager’s perspective. I will definitely try to smile more! —-Jim Kendrick

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Hi Harry,
Lesson well delivered. Life is an echo. —Ranjeet Kapoor

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Great article —–D. Hussey

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Harrison,
Thank you for this contribution. Your writing makes it much clearer.
I found your site by searching, “consciousness business development opportunities” as I’m looking for business development opportunities in a consciousness organization. Can you help in this endeavor?
Thanks in advance. —–Michael Shell

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I love this article! —-Amy

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Fascinating! This approach to brain development is fundamentally mirrored by an organization called National Association for Child Development, which helps challenged, average, and exceptional individuals reach their full potential, at any age and developmental level. We have seen tremendous benefit in our family from using this approach to neurodevelopmental progress. It’s great to see this mindset getting more publicity. It works! —-Jeff

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I stumbles upon this article and it looked interesting so I read it. It is an amazing article! It is so true that we must take personal responsibility of our own lives and where we are going. Thank you for posting this! —- Sarah G.

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Thanks for your good and informative post. I think it’s going to be rather interesting to see how things will turn out in 10 years. I heard this somewhere, but I am not exactly sure… That students currently in college are preparing for jobs that don’t even exist yet. Please keep going.
Thanks ———-Faysal

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The best article you have ever written. —Ann

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I agree! The best article you’ve written. It’s too bad that the majority of the people that feel “entitled” will most likely never see this article. The less people have it seems the more they believe someone should give it to them. —-Gene

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looking for another job now.. this article is just right for me. Amazing article. —Tableray

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I found this website by accident and it made for a really interesting read! What Harrison said about taking charge of our own lives make sense :) —Kjerc

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By the article we can know about wisdom about Harrison barnes. He is a visionary. Anyone can easily get a lot of information from the article. —-Arif Khan

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I read the above article and realized that is the best article to make any one future. This site offers us many new job. we can make our career from Harrison Barnes job site….. Thank you. —-Noruttam Dobey

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This article very nice, I have read this. Thank you for your very good article. Wish more more article like this. Thanks —-Shaheenul

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Once again, thanks.
When is Mr. Barnes going to publish all of these great tidbits in a book? He really should.
While some I know have criticized his columns for being a bit self-serving (I don’t), what he is offering is the proverbial “just about everything that lawyers need to know but don’t learn in law school.” They should learn this stuff. I’m certainly growing as a lawyer and person by it, and Mr. Barnes needs to publish it. ——-Damian M. Biondo, Esq.

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This is a wonderful post. As I was reading this post, I could feel that the same cases that had and is happening in my work as well. Yea.. be it any work and people are always there to give a negative opinion about it. One should not be carried away by this and also, one should not spread this disease. —-Pinkyposh

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Loss for words. This blog gets better and better. I have to shatter my own glass ceiling. Living life fearlessly is the way to go. —-Omar

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Thank you for writing a nice column. I really like this type of writing. It is real truth that says in this column. —Vshamu

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Great article written by Harrison Barnes. It’s nice to hear that these points resonate with people and the nuanced reminder is always wonderful. I am sending this article who is having difficulty now with substance abuse, hopefully it will help her perception. ———–Michelle Simard

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I enjoyed reading this article and it put a lot of things in perspective for me, I also want to share with some of my friends. —-Mamun

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I love this. The youth of today are so troubled because their idea of success and happiness is warped. This is the same message I strive to impress on my family and friends. —- Carolyn Ortega

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thanks for this article………. —–Ema123

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This is an article worthy for any and every one, particularly in our current society in the US to read. We really need to instill this in our children, and remember it ourselves. —-Steve Pursley

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Thank you for this real article.
After read your article, relate to life differently. It is a good lesson in many ways.
I remember those and apply what I learned here. —-Vacaru Marian Catalin

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This is a Great article .From this article we can learn that if you compare your happiness then you will not get happiness in your life so please think happy , live simple and happy. —ikram

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I am so glad that I subscribed to this blog and I thank you Harrison for really reinforcing the fact that perfection is an illusion. I’m almost 30 years old, and growing up I had an innate drive to be the best at everything, which ultimately made me a very depressed, and even suicidal, teenager and young adult. I made very good grades and got into college on scholarship, but I was never happy with myself, because I was never good enough. After making it into a study abroad program at 22, I finally began to come into my own and see myself in a different light, however I am just now overcoming the illusion of perfectionism and realizing that I’m an intelligent person, I am talented, I am attractive, I am ambitious and most importantly, I am worthy of happiness in spite of everything I see and hear around me. No one can limit my success in life but me. —–Shann

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Your article entitled “Never Measure Yourself against Perfection” was wonderful, it’s the most constructive thing I’ve read in a long time and I want to thank you for writing it. —–Pamela Slater

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This is a very inspiring article. I needed to read this after the most discouraging week ever. Thank you. —Philip J. Germani

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Awesome! it was my very first time to read such stories… I was really inspired. I came to realize that in this life we must learn to be contented… but remain achieving… —-Armie Jane Tumacdang

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Thank you for the above article. I have been struggling with much of what you write about and have been unable thus far to put my law degree/experience to work in a way that is compatible with my values, with who I am and the simple things I deeply desire for myself and my family. —-Susie

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Thank you. I needed that perspective today. —-Susan

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This is a wonderful and inspiring piece. I would add to this, the advice not to look back in disappointment, but to look at the present with energy and the future with hope. In spite of the BCG counselors repeated emails to me that I am outside of their criteria and therefore must pay for my age and experience compensating someone to be my recruiter, I soldier on. At some point, someone will scrutinize my resume and champion me for my flexibility, wisdom, experience, and quality, all at a very reasonable price, with no partnership expectations. —-Evelyn Miller

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This is such an inspiring message. It has caused me to start writing down realistic goals for my life and stretch goals that I need to strive for down the road.
Please continue to publish this message. ——AI

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Wow, I read your story. You are a great writer and I think you should write a book about your life.
Thanks for the email ——Sharon McGill’s

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Wonderful article!! —-Tamara Reeves

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Thank you for this very inspirational and encouraging article. You have reaffirmed what I have taught for many years to elementary, middle school, high school and even college students: HAPPINESS IS A DECISION. —-Gail Heath

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Excellent article to reflect upon. Thanks —-David May

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Thank you for helping me to reorient my thinking. I think that most people who have achieved some measure of success compare themselves to others. Our society is geared towards constant competition. Team sports, performance evaluations, constant testing, and the expectations of family drive us to compare ourselves to others. People are not equipped with equal gifts and do not start from positions of equal wealth. Therefore, as you have stated, the true measure of success is how much you have improved upon what you started out with. —–D. Van Valkenburg

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Very inspiring —-Michael

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Thank you for this wonderful article. It has really struck a chord with me, as I struggle with many of the same issues every day. I will try to heed your advice! —Holly

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I have truly learned a lot from the above article. Right now I feel like I am stuck in my career. I am continuously educating myself but the opportunities are so few. I am unemployed but I am not giving up my education although I sometime think it’s a waste of time. Thanks again for sending me the story. —Dianne

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Very encouraging story, thank you! —-Sveta

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Harrison – Thanks for the insightful article! I could not agree with you more. —- Terrence Meyerhoff

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I think this writing is very nice. Thank you very much for publishing and spreading it in your own site. —-Owal Ikram

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I enjoyed by reading this. Thank you so much for giving this information to us. —kavya

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It’s a nice story for inspiration. Your real estate development business will help in current economic situation. Finally, thanks for your wonderful blog.—- Mehedi

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Thanks for this great post. I enjoyed by reading this story, any one has to read between the lines too to understand what he wants to say. —-Mamun

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Thanks! You are sooooo right. I enjoyed your article. —Andréa

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I like this story very much…because it very useful for job seekers .I learn many things about this story..this site is very useful to students and employee…Thank u.. —madi

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you are right, we are responsible for our own happiness ,thanks a lot about your ideas. May God Bless you always!

Thanks Harrison – Your article arrives on my 47th birthday and it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever read! —-Edward Shannon

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This article is very nice. It tells that we control our own mind. It proves that we control what we allow in and what happens within our own mind. If we let negative information in, there is a good chance the world around us will also become negative. If we choose to let positive information in, there is a good chance for us world will become positive. Harrison Barnes is the best site. It gives good career advice and motivates job seekers. —–Kavya

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The articles by Harrison Barnes provide such helpful insight. Thank you so very much. —-Cyndi

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Very good article. I agree, and am currently trying to get work as a contract paralegal. I know that eventually I will be OK, but am struggling to make attorneys realize how I can really help them. Some people just will not change! —–Paula Goller

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Again, another great article Harrison. I actually look forward to reading what’s next. —Michelle Simard

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I agree this article ….very much…because everyone would think positive…because think positive and got back …I refer that story for my friends. —-Wincy

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Thanks for your INNOVATIVE view points on the futuristic topics like interpersonal communication……etc. If in case you would like to visit kerala in INDIA , then let us meet when I WOULD BE FREE FROM MY DAILY POSTINGS on the High court of Kerala, as I am practising as an advocate there. thanks. varghese. —Jahid

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I read this article and saw my own life before me. I have been in a state of near constant worry to the edge of panic for months and every inch of it is related to my job. I am a complex litigation attorney and I work with a boss who is type A to the extreme. I came into this job thinking I was OK at it. Now I feel as though I cannot make a decision and that my skills are useless. That has engendered a lot of worry in my life in and out of work.
I am working to find a new job, and I am working on overcoming my worries. Neither is an easy thing to do. Thanks for this article. It did give me some perspective. —-Esquire NJ

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The writer has yet again made a very significant point. What really matters is honest self analysis for assessing ones capabilities and charting the path of life and career accordingly. Bothering about what other people think about you only creates confusion. —Georaj

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The articles by Harrison Barnes provide such helpful insight. Thank you so very much. —Hemal

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I would agree this article very much…because everyone should have very good job…with the help of confidence and communication..I like so much for this article… —–Olivia

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Wow, what a great story. I am reaching back out into the job market for the first time in a long time and this article really made me realize how important it is to reach out o people and communicate instead of just letting my resume do the talking. Thank you Mr. Barnes!! —Mary

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This article is nice. Here the author instructs one of the greatest things we can do is to learn from every single experience we have ever had. Each and every day we are having experiences, and we choose what to do with them. So we get a lot of help from this article. —Tanmoy Saha

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At first I was hesitant to enter the page…my friend refer to that site..I saw that article…its most useful to me..I like this site very much…Thank you!—- Nezer

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Oh my God what a wonderful post it is. I am really amazed to see the usefulness of this post. thanks a lot to the proper authority. thanks again for this nice article. —-S. M. Mujibur Rahman

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This is a very well written and informative article. Everyone is in detail step by step. I was searching for this type of article. —Sadia

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I’ve just read this article. I think this article is very informative. You put here very important information. This post really helpful for the law job seekers. I think this article is very informative. You put here very important information. —- Tanmoy Saha

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From my point of view this article is an excellent one. This one will guide us in handling the bad condition. —- Rossi

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This is a nice article. Here the real experience has been shown. And I believe that this article will help anyone in his real life. —Joy00009

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This is a great idea. By implementing it one can get a great benefit. Providing value for the company is always a good idea. —–Joy

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This is an wonderful post. This article says the secret of jobs that you can succeeded. Anyone can find job of their own choice easily. Thank you for writing a nice article. –mh323

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I love to read this article. Full of motivated point to me as a worker. What I get here is committed employees or worker tend to have a unique personal values to themselves and to their company they work at. They are proud to be a part of their company, care about the fate of the company, and recommend the company as a great place to work. There don’t too think about what are will they get soon, how about their salary, but in their mind is satisfaction in doing their job. —-hasan

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Thank you for sharing this article. The story between you and your friend will surely serve as a good example to many of us. A real friend is someone you can trust and someone who is not ruin a relationship in exchange for money nor wait for any reward. —Shelly

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I thank to your article, understand why I haven’t been successful so far, and what I need to do to change. I need to sort out what I really want and pursue it . —FTUHHC

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I really enjoyed this article, it made me realize that the only limits placed on my career potential are those I make myself. Thanks! —-gvdv

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Dear Harrison,
Wow! I’m very moved by this article. Thank you.
I, personally, am fighting a battle being drawn in five different directions by any of the four great entrepreneurial ideas I want to pursue and my pending attorney job-searches through EC.
Although I successfully have been a lawyer and a small business CEO for the past 7 years, I have been ashamed of this in applying for jobs (mostly general counsel jobs with large companies). In my heart I don’t ever want to go back to a cube again, and I think I am sabotaging myself in this job-search process.
I also have been ashamed, and, therefore, have assigned “negative references” to, my former life as a private practice corporate attorney. I have done this because, although I love working with people in a team, I have told myself for the past 7 years that I hated working for someone else.
Even though I have been searching fruitlessly for a job for the past 4 months, I think I now, thanks to your article, understand why I haven’t been successful so far, and what I need to do to change. I need to sort out what I really want and pursue it 110 percent. Thank you ! —–Daniel Harvath

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I am currently looking for work after having gotten laid off. I really enjoyed this article, it made me realize that the only limits placed on my career potential are those I make myself. Thanks! —Mary

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Really a nice one. very helpful for everyone —hjhkuk

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Thank you for this. This will help much in practical world —- dhhtfh

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Excellent ideas is giving for the site to the user’s career…I like this site very much..this site is fully oriented of career basement…I’d thank for the site.. —-Henry

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I like this article very much…I have met a fair share of people in the industry who expect that here presence is value enough for the company..This site always gives as new ideas — Vanhae

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I like article very much…everyone need some guidance…that only get good position…like this article..I’m very lucky because I got this story..to my confident level is high —-Mehedi038

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This is a great article. Thank you. —Rachael

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Thank fir that Article it really touched a nerve. I am trying to stay focused and positive. I am so proud of all the children I saved despite the hostile work environments I endured. I know I can find a great job. I deserve it. I pray that your firm can help me in that quest. —Sara Spector

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This is a fine article. I learnt a lot from this article and I think this will be much helpful for job seekers. —-Razib Hasan

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Thanks you for this wonderful article. I have learnt a lot of information from this post. I think it will be very helpful to everyone. —-Razib Hasan

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This is really a wonderful article , I learned a lot from this article and I think this is pretty much helpful for job seekers like me. Thank you for this nice post & I’ll regularly come by here to check out your posts.. —–Vshamu

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Actually, your article above, rather says it all. “Don’t stop believing.” We are what we think. The mind is sooo powerful! —-Paula

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Good job, Harrison. Interesting reading —Roger Taylor, Esq.

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I like your essay a lot. The way you think is very helpful and specially today it came to my when I needed. You should be proud of yourself because you are capable of make a change in a lot of people like me. Giving encouragement is a wonderful think and I wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences ant thoughts. —-Monica Acevedo Quitugua

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This article is right on the money. —_Drew

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Excellent article. Eye opening and inspirational. —Gina Fields

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What a powerful post. Thank you for pointing out the power of our minds. You’ve inspired me to take a look at the references that have shaped my view of the world now. —Pam

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This article is very nice. Here the author gives focus on amazing things about many musicians, movie stars, and other individuals who become really famous is they usually start out creating a lot of value. Their performances contain a lot of passion and they wow audiences with their talents. The same thing goes for businesses that get really popular. This is really good idea. —Wahihd

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Excellent insights and advice. The advice you give here is both appreciated and applauded. If we all took this to heart, the USA would be by far the most productive nation and return to a strong economy. The same thing goes for businesses that get really popular. This is really good idea. Excellent ideas is giving for the site to the user’s career…I like this site very much..this site is fully oriented of career basement…I’d thank for the site.. — Shimul

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I like very much Harrison Barnes reviews because it also give me the strength to become street and get jobs from the web site… — Kabir

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This is a wonderful article. This article helps us a lot to know about jobs. Thanks for this wonderful article. ——-Tanmoy Saha

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Reading your blogs are the only thing keeping me sane and focused during my search for a new job/new direction, especially during these economic times. Thank you. —Jib

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Harrison Barnes:
Just read your “Choose Your Frames of Reference Wisely” article and was thoroughly intrigued. Inspiring.
To your success also, —-James J. Fargo

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I read lot articles in my life. But this article is very touching to me. I am already saved this article. Now my mind and heart are love this article. Thanks to http://www.hb.org —-Parkerjohn87

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Another great article. Keep that good karma going. —Drew

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Mr. Barnes is awesome! —-Deena Miller

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Very inspiring. Belief gives you a track on which to run, mission, the direction, and faith, the fuel. You determine which ribbons to cross, but it never happens unless you take action. —Rachael Sutton
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This is one of the best columns I have read in a long time. All of us are guilty of not finishing what we start OR not finishing what we start in a realistic time frame. You gave me much to think about. I need to go through my list of professional, family and volunteer projects and commit to a definitive timeline for each one. I appreciate the inspiration. —-Pete Waldron

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This is a wonderful blog. —-Asaduzzaman

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Harrison,
I have a job, I’ve had this job since 1991. I’m self employed. I generally read your articles and tweak the information to suit my purposes, improve myself and my business. Some of your “asphalt stories” are real eye openers. Sometimes I get fed up with the grind and start to slip a little. Generally, after reading a article or two I can get pumped up about what I’m doing to support my family. I hope “thank you” is enough of a payment for now. —–Cal De Knikker

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Best article I have ever read as far as career advice goes – thanks —Owen Jones

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Harrison,
That is honestly one of the truest
and best articles that I have read in a long time. I had the fortune of being raised in the Diplomatic corps and traveling around the world when I grew up.
I was in a position to meet the most powerful individuals in the world and the best… were always calm —-Blake Harper

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Really good Stuff! ——Nicole Coe

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Thanks for this wonderful article… —Tanmoy Saha

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I agree with the notion of this writer to give the 100% at work, my personal experience is that, when we give our 100% there is a feeling of this content and happiness after which you can have a good sleep. Though there is stress included in any work, you have to be positive coz at the end of the day you will feel content that way. Thanks for this great article —-Siraj

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After reading this I definitely know what I need to do. Thanks Harrison —-Omar

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Fabulous advice – and absolutely true! Don’t let negative events (or destructive personalities you may encounter) affect your destiny – create your own future! —Stephen

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A motivating and inspirational article. People can certainly derive immense benefit from the advice given by the writer citing the events of his own life. —Divya

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Hi Mr. Barnes
This is a very inspirational and motivating, I find myself so renounced when I read this note. when I read this, I felt like I need to change my life. I remembered what my father told me before. He said that ” Many Dreamed of Changing the World but less dream’s of changing himself. we need to meet expectations from us in work and we need to exceed, but we should always give time to ourselves and need to balance it. we should do things once at a time. Live your life to the fullest. Thanks for this encouraging note. ———Mieldrian

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I can get a decent night’s rest. I think about people like the woman who could not find a job and what I can do to change that every day. No matter how smart you are, no matter what has happened to you in your life, hello…I just wanted to say I totally 100% completely agree with this post!
it was extremely interesting to read, and I agree very much with what you are trying to say, I really like this post! —-kezia

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very nice thank you —dipankar

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Thank you for releasing me to imagine. Thanks for sharing and making me believe the impossible just by imagining. What a great tool we have been blessed with and forget to use. As children, we imagine countless things and as we become adults, we begin to settle and we forget to imagine. Once you are able to imagine your preferred outcome, you can begin to achieve it. You cannot begin doing anything, however, until you begin to use your imagination. —asnod

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Hi Mr. Barnes,
Everybody like you for your good encouraging articles. So I also like you. Hard work and intensity is good as long as it is in balance. Some companies won’t hire a person who doesn’t show some balance in his or her life through hobbies, social affiliations, and volunteering. Unlike you, I don’t get angry when I encounter lazy approaches, but I respect good work ethics. I figure we usually get back the investment we make in relationships, and the world, and if we don’t, that is a good indicator that it is time to do something else, somewhere else. I read once that it is the Lazy people who usually come up with the greatest time saving inventions, because they actually want to do less work, they find easier ways to do it. That may be true, but I know the happiest people I have met enjoyed working, and I have never seen a really happy person who didn’t have productive things to do with his or her time.
Thanx —-susen saha

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Beautiful piece – from your heart. Thank you for sharing it with everyone. —-Adrienne Garland

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AMAZING READING!!!!! —-ANDREA PIONTKOVSKI

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Wow! This is an wonderful article. In response to this article I have to say that when I learned to push myself, I became successful. When I expected someone else to prod me to excellence, I didn’t perform very well. Thanks for your nice post. —Virus

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Hi Mr. Barnes,
Everybody like you & your article for your good article. I also like you. It’s a good article. Here you have said that a lot of people are very upset with the world because they are angry about jobs they have lost. You have told some inspiring stories. It will helps a lot. You also propose a way of life. It will really helpful to all.
thanx for your good inspiring article —-Imran Khan

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Mr. Barnes, this is an awesome, powerful, much-needed message. In this, you acknowledge having broken the law you now work to uphold. It also opens doors for further reflection. When you returned those signs, did you also repay the damages to minimize your cost to society? I noticed that the motivation to improve, for you, was external: your step-father made you return the signs, you had to change your behavior abroad because of peer pressure and society intolerance. What about internal change: feelings of remorse, realizing the risk to others lives by removing signs and by operating a motorized machine under the influence?
While you are encouraging people, to be all they can be, and you extol success, you haven’t acknowledged that it’s definition differs from person to person. You are very critical of people who have chosen to live simple lives. Have you considered that if a person chooses to be a boat washer, and every day, they wake up happy, are good to wife and children, are a responsible citizen, and do the best job of washing boats ever, they are a success? I have to take time to appreciate the garbage collectors, the housekeeping services at the hotels, and every person who chooses to do honest work for honest pay. There contribution is often more significant than most, just less glamorous, and only noticed when lacking.
You have frequently repeated that you have never lost a case. Winning doesn’t always mean getting or keeping the most money for your client. It also means upholding the law, making sure that justice was served, and working to minimize everyone’s loss. A truly great lawyer also considers what is in the best interest of the other side.
What I sense is that your true motivators today, just as they were back when you were that wild kid, are the adrenaline rush, and doing something that people don’t think can be done. You like feeling the accomplishment. I just hope you take time for reflection on the big picture of how those wins affect other people’s lives. Just because a door opens doesn’t mean you have to enter. In the best interest of your clients, they also need to be held accountable. If we want a great society, then each of us has a responsibility not only to uphold the law, but to also consider the affect of our actions beyond just ourselves.
Thank you for this inspiring piece. —–Rachael Sutton

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Great piece! This was very encouraging and rings quite true. Good work. —Noah Malgeri

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Great piece here, Harrison.
I have always found that being positive and encouraging with people in a genuine and non-patronizing manner is always a good thing to do.
We choose our actions and our reactions. Always.
And you can be frank with people without being disrespectful and belittling. It’s all in how you choose to talk and behave. Choose positive. You’ll be better for doing it on so many levels. —-John

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Excellent article! I will be serving as a guest lecturer this Monday at my law school. I am scheduled to talk with students in a law practice management course about finding a job or starting their own practice. This article is timely and well written to help spark these thoughts. Thank you for sharing such sage wisdom. —Robert Nutt

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Thanks for writing such an inspirational article Harrison! I think my fear of criticism has been holding me back in my job search and this article was a perfect segue for me to change my thinking. —Nicole

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I love the way you write! It seems to read exactly how you see things — and is always refreshing (thank you). —Kimberly C.

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Your article is very well written. Authority is really needed whether on getting a job or making yourself known and respected by other. Authority must also come with credibility because these two works hand in hand. An individual who possesses these qualities is a good leader and a good follower too. —Joie Mojica

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wow! What a wonderful post. It is very helpful to make a successful life. Anyone can understand this post very easily and then apply his life. Thanks to writer. —Virus

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This a very good site —Jahid

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This is the best article to get the idea of how to sell the products to customers. It is really useful tips for sales —Kavya

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I love your articles and have even passed them on to some “smarty pants” I have worked with just to give them another insight. Ha, ha, and then I got laid off… —Mindy Rodriguez

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I learn a lot from your stories and experiences. Great going – you do put a lot of effort into writing each one in so much detail. Keep it up. Thank you —Sumathi

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I am so excited and thrilled after reading this article. Harrison really highlighted the realities /facts normally on those we keep our eyes close. I like to thank Harrison to letting me rethink and reposition myself in the community I move in. Thanks —Atique

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Harrison, you have written this article from your spirit. Perhaps you had to go through your ordeal with the Rolls, as a cleansing of your ego, so you could warn us about how our egos could literally destroy us, left unchecked. This article is food for thought. I teach and I want all of my students (adults) to read your article. If read with the heart there are profound truths in your article. You lost a lot–your Rolls, your money, and you wife–that is a lot of pain; however, you sound like you have grown (positively)and that is what any and all lessons are about. Thanks for sharing your story. I think that it will help many people on their journey through unemployment; and, life, in general. I wondered if you went to therapy during all that you went through? How long did it take you to process all of “it” and come down to the least common denominator–the ego? People are hungry, their bills aren’t being paid but they don’t want to work in certain places because of their ego. Everyone should have the chance to read your story. I will be passing it along to as many people as I can. I look forward to reading the other related posts. Thanks, Harrison. To your success, indeed. —Jacquelyn

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Thank you for your interesting, detailed articles. Your passion for your communication with others is very profound and admirable. I am sorry about your animals and the loss of the goats and sheep. I lived in downtown Tucson, AZ and had my chickens living in their coop, and one was killed by a dog. This was not related to your “sacrifice” comments, but to the feeling of sorrow when your pets are gone in such sudden attacks. Instinct is amazing. On another topic, I like the article about “mission, job and career”. Thank you. —-Engineer Girl

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Great post. Inspiring. But is this about getting more business for Legal Authority and BSC Search and the other recruiting businesses? I’ve been a big fan but this is a bad time in the legal marketplace for those with the right credentials. It’s dark right now. Some people should pack up their toys and go home. I don’t want to be one of them and understand those who want to BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES. Still, to give hope to applicants like the Russian student seems… well, I’ve been such a huge fan, Harrison. —GP
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Just a quick note to tell you that I very much liked your recent article about your mother and her travails, and your family experiences growing up in Detroit. So much of the input available in this day and age is very superficial and does not relate to what is really important and true. And worse, much of it is subtly or overtly deceptive and harmful. Actually this is not really anything new, and I’m certainly not relating to any new or unheard of concept. It just makes me very appreciative of your efforts. Thanks much for your articles. —Greg Knobloch

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Excellent Harrison. Both Niederhofer and Iacocca have a similar approach and I am sure it is shared by many of their ilk. Clear, concise and results focused – love it. —Dan Collins

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Hello Harrison,
I’m thoroughly enjoying your writings in the Employment Crossing emails. Thank you. At this time, I’m surrounded by uneducated and uninformed colleagues and am thrilled whenever an interesting and challenging read comes my way. Many workplaces, including mine, accept the mediocre as the acceptable standard. Having been born and raised in Western New York, I’ve long appreciated the educational foundation my parents and community encouraged. I only wish the Phoenix area would attract more professionals like us. Thanks much!! —Pamela Stone

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Very good article, and something I have noticed as well. —Rob Super

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You are a great writer, inspirational. Thanks for the affirmations and reminders. —Ayesha

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Very interesting, thought-provoking blogs. Thank you for taking the time to write. Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading more. —Ted Donovan

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I love your articles. I drove a Lexus for 7 years. I now drive a Subaru – my 3 wonderful dogs who are in my vehicle every day have yet to figure out that I changed cars. —Holly Bell

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I love these types of little updates they change the pace of things… much needed. Good job and thanks —and in Arabic

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Thanks the article is very excellent. It is perfect for American economic development. —Nasrin

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Hi Mr. Harrison, I like this article. It’s a good article. I have always found that being positive and encouraging with people in a genuine and non-patronizing manner is always a good thing to do. Choose positive. You’ll be better for doing it on so many levels. It will helps a lot. Thanx for this post. —Forhad Hossain

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Wonderful article Harrison, and not the first one! —Gregory Ruppert

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Really good article. You managed to use the time in the airplane to share useful ideas and help people. You could just try to sleep or see one of those crappy movies but instead of that you wrote this article. Thank you it help a lot to see things from another point of view. –—Zuco

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I loved your article.. I am a business student and it was my home assignment to read this article and see what I have learned from it…its really amazing..I really enjoyed reading it… —SAM

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The Godfather at Google is a great article…Perfect for everyone in search of a new job ! ! It really inspires to explore and find the ways to change the lives of millions ! !
Cheers, —-Namitabh Kothari

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Mr. Barnes – I read several of your recent articles, including the one discussing the allegory of the cave. Very inspiring and insightful. Thanks for the inspiration! —Aaron

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Thank you! This article is very inspiring and has opened my eyes to how easily attainable our dreams truly are. I just pray that I can grasp those same concepts and walk toward that light…and into reality. I so want it!! —-Nija Mallory

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Great article. —-Sam Jobs

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I really like the blog. The information is really informative ….. Thanks for sharing. —Engagement Ring – Loose Diamonds

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Hi Harrison,
Thanks for the compelling article. Well done.
I’m also signing up for Legal Crossing.
I also invite you to check out our website. We are a Law Library —-Bernadette St. John

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Thank you very much, Harrison.
Very powerful…I appreciate your candor and clear insights.
I enjoyed your writing very much.
Your concluding paragraph will really help me to offer helpful, and hopefully powerful guidance to others I serve in my role as a career advisor. And it will guide me as well.
“You need to understand that your need to feel significant is something that controls your life. The best thing you can possibly do for your career is detach from this need to feel significant and realize how this is controlling so much of what happens to you. More importantly, you need to do the work you love and live the life you want without being controlled by a need to be significant. This will change everything for you and allow you to contribute to the world in a productive way.” —Bryan Lubic

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Thank you. I needed this today. When I encounter an unhappy person, the first thing I ask myself is “Who owns the problem?” If I am a contributing partner in the problem, I take ownership and work to make things right. If the other person owns the problem, I do not take it personally. I will try to help them work through it if they really want to get beyond it. If not, then, life will offer them lessons.
When I encounter road rage, and someone is flashing their lights or honking their horn because they want me to speed instead of following the posted speed, sometimes I smile and blow them a kiss as they pass or I wave and tell them to have a great day.
We can’t control what happens to us, but we can choose how we happen to the world. My level of happiness has an influence, but it doesn’t control the opportunities and people I encounter. Bad things do happen to good people sometimes.
Also, it is important to differentiate. We choose our attitude and our actions – but not our feelings. They just happen. When we feel happy, sad, love, disgust, joy, anger, humiliation, pride we need to recognize the feeling and acknowledge its presence, but we don’t have to let it control us. —Rachael

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Thank you for all the wonderful tools . —Daniel

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Mr. Barnes,
I have followed your blog on and off for awhile and am always either inspired or just amused by your many near insane stories. I now have a very serious question for you. I guess that you grew up in difficult circumstances, found an asphalt business that you seem very passionate about, did very well at a top school and then earned a law degree. After all of that, you’ve been very candid that you found it difficult to hold down a job with a federal judge and then either two or three law firms during just a few years. Now you are in charge of many companies that don’t seem to be as successful as you would hope and you never speak about them with the same passion that you do about your asphalt business. You’ve also once wrote about a business man who you met that figured out that a key to his success was to work both hard and smart to sign up clients but subcontract the work to dozens of people to keep up with the sales.
I guess my question is, if you really couldn’t motivate yourself to be a success as a lawyer and your current businesses cause you so much grief, wouldn’t it make sense for you to follow your own advice and develop a large asphalt business that you might even be able to expand into other pavement and road surfacing projects? You just seem to get so excited when you write about the asphalt experiences and just bummed out by your post law school experiences, especially when people take cheap shots at you on other blogs.
The nice thing about jobs like plumbing, carpentry, roadwork and grounds maintenance is that there is an endless need for the work and those jobs can only be done locally and never outsourced. So I am really curious why you don’t follow your own advice and get back to doing what you love. As the saying goes, do what you love and the money will follow.
Good luck with whatever you do and I hope you can help your readers better understand your decisions. —–Ally Goldfarb

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Great article to read on. The man is known by his deeds regarding the kind of job he is doing. —technology

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Excellent write up. Exactly what I needed to hear right now. Thanks so much. —Jimmy

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hi sire! I’ve always loved your blogs and learned a great deal from them. think it’s been sometime you’d been writing, just to let you know, there are a lot of people out there just like myself who love reading what you have to share here. :) —ric

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I really admire all your articles, it has actually motivated me to find my niche and begin my journey to owning my own business. I’ve had a lot of support not from my family but from unexpected places. I applaud your work! —Deedee

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I loved your thoughts! Your awesome!! I have been a confused person about what I should do for work for soooo long now and I come up with ideas like every minute, which is probably due to me having manic depression bipolar ll. But you have helped so much with straightening out the differences between these 3 types and how I need to own my idea making self as a type that is recognized! But I need you to talk about how to get a cool job where you can make money from all your ideas! cuz I don’t know which area that is? I can create better versions of almost anything ect.. —JuliA Salvucci

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Great information! I have looked at many sites and not previously come across a site such as yours which tells everyone all they need to know. I have added you to my bookmarks. —prepare for job interview
Thank you so much for the post. I am new to your site, and am really looking forward to reading and getting caught up on all your wonderful ‘sharing’.
I have been developing a website for a while now and have been apprehensive about what to hold back, and what to share freely. You advice here, along with the quoted Ted talk sheds some helpful light onto my indecision. Going forward I think I will first trust my instincts about what I feel is appropriate for me to share, then secondly, think of others, who will all truly benefit from this new way of getting to experience one another.
And finally, I have to say, I laughed out loud a few times during this post. You have such a witty writing style, and I get a sense your life is really funny. Hope things are going well with Penny, and that you’ve come up with a better solution than the closet. —Tancie Trail

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A very insightful post. Thanks for venturing beyond the “job/career” arena to share this inspiration. —Nathan Dooley

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Very nice, thank you for the positive inspirational story of Mr. Rabbi Akiva.
I will have my employees read it.
I like the spirit, but always wondered what would have happened if everyone was disgusted with injustice and saved the poor man facing a faith that he could not possibly alone confront.
What I mean is, be positive, but also be part of a team, help one another fight darkness, otherwise if you battle alone, you have no choice but to be a victim of a reality too big to oppose. People need to join forces in the light.
I guess… May the light be with you (rabbi Ben Kenoby) lol —-Sunny Barkatas

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Mr. Harrison Barnes,
I’ve been subscribed to law crossing for a while but for some reason my eyes have eluded actually noticing your articles. Honestly it may be a mix of the length of the article and my belief that I don’t have time to read “Being nice makes good business sense”. I’m first an avid reader and frustrated journalist that decided business school and law were more appropriate to have a chance in life and not struggle so much like my parents did and therefore all of us growing up. At the end of the day I enjoy several things and was miserable thinking I should give up writing, painting and surfing. Through the years I’ve learned to accept all the different facets, friends, walks and jobs life has thrown my way. All this is just to tell you that I absolutely loved your article regarding the Power of Resistance. It was well written and had me doing constant “notes to self”. I’m sharing the article and your page with all my contacts, facebook among other blogs. I’ve subscribed to you mailing and look forward to your articles in the future. Making a difference in the world may simply mean making a difference to a particular person and their outlook on the world. Ahhh the power of the pen is so much more powerful than the sword. Keep up the good work! —Aisha Gomez

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I found this article interesting, I read all of your articles as they come in my inbox. You are like my mentor and my bff inside my head. I have begun, even before you wrote this article, to implement tapping into my sub consciousness. And I see it yielding results immediately. I’m still working on and confronting certain things, but confronting these things, I feel myself propelled in a good direction. I found the job search getting me down, but I have turned a corner of determination and confidence I haven’t felt in a long time.
I think prayer and reading many of your articles, and a few others..such as the secret, and a few articles by Joe Vitale and making application immediately in my life has put me in a much better place. I have received many interviews lately, and I believe I will find what I am seeking soon. Thank you! Your articles are contagious and motivating and has had a profound effect on people who enjoy reading your blogs. —Neeta

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Excellent article…I think it speaks to truth.

also not too long an article, easy to read. Some of articles on this site are way too long —Steph Pace

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Wow! a well written article! beautifully said. Thank You —Tina

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Wow! You are really something. Hope the other side of the coin gets its say. Managers – – good managers have to be concerned about both the workers and the company. You sound … uninformed to say it nicely. — Marjorie

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Great article. Very stirring, disturbing, however, ultimately moving. Thanks for the inspiration today! –Miquel

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Thank you so much for this inspiring article! I think so many of us feel locked into a law firm job after law school because that is what “everyone thinks we should be doing”. I feel so much pressure from everyone around me-family, academic peers, work colleagues-to stick with something I don’t really enjoy doing. I really appreciate your article and its candor. Thank you for pointing out that the best happiness comes from the standards within, not from meeting the standards of others! –recent law grad

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I liked your article. I agree that it is often with who you know that can get you hired.
What can you do if you have been self employed for 16 years in the real estate and mortgage industry and are seeking a base plus commission job? I ask this because I have applied to over 200 jobs. My coursework is heavy, as is my work history. I have great references and my education is strong. I am humble and focus on what is at hand. I just thought I would throw these ideas at you at 5:45 in the morning. :) —Len

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excellent points for work and for personal life. I have always asked the question at job interviews “How long was the previous person in the job and why did s/he leave?” What the employer says gives me an idea whether I should take the job, if it is offered. If he says “she was here for 10 years and left because she returned to finish college/her husband got a job across the country and they moved/she got promoted/she is taking care of her elderly mother, etc. that makes me feel better…but it isn’t a guarantee that the job is a good fit for me, just that longevity in the job hopefully means the job is good/where you can learn and grow AND that the employer is fair/reasonable and the other employees good/okay to work with. But if an employer says that she wasn’t in the job very long (e.g., less than 2 years) and that she left due to creative/personality differences or that she couldn’t do the job, then I follow up with another question: how many people have held this job over the past 2 years/5 years? If the answer shows that there is a revolving door, and the reason is the same (people couldn’t do the job, creative/personality differences), then that tells me it probably isn’t the person or people who held the job who were the problem, but that the problem(s) lie with the employer/management, lousy coworkers, or just a job that isn’t doable no matter who has it.
A job interview isn’t a one-way street–they’re interviewing me to see if I can do the job and if I’m a good fit for the company/organization/agency, and I’m interviewing them to see if they’re a good fit for me. It goes both ways. —-Marybeth

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Good article. I wish I would have read and followed it years ago. A previous boss who offered me a job had an extremely high turnover of subordinate staff. A week later I received a another offer for a boring job. Both job offers were for the same high pay. I should have took the boring job. There was a reason this boss had a high turnover rate. —Sarah

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Harrison:
Loved the article – would love to repost on my own blog – you okay with that? —Jodi Zemrau

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I am totally amazed by the content of your articles. I am amazed and challenged. More importantly, I am rethinking my approach to my career search. With a clearer picture of who I want to be, I think I’ll figure the job search out. Thank you for such thought-provoking articles. —Michelle

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This is one of the best pieces of advice I have read in my recent attempt to return to the working world. So true and I see my need to push my own internal meter up a couple of notches. I have been searching for low level jobs although I am qualified and educated to do more. Amazing how we tend to stay in the lane that is comfortable even when it no longer meets our needs. Thank you for such a thoughtful piece. –—-Faith

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This is a very good job web site. —-Mdnayimuddin

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Harrison:
That was a very interesting article. My thermostat is always set at normal. You are right. We live within a comfort zone. But that is complacency. I can work hard when I need to, but when I don’t need to, I don’t. I have many briefs due right now in common pleas court, the court of appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court. I know what I must do, and that is bust my hump. But it is the weekend, I want to be with my family, so I will procrastinate and then go into crunch mode when the end is near. It is a vicious cycle, and one I have to break. Thank you. It is time to re-set my thermostat. –David Sheldon

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I am impressed by reading ,thanks.
usually when one achieved slight success he tries to be bit lazy and not remembering his goal or go in a moody way, unless he has to achieve again what had achieved earlier —Harindar

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Great article, Harrison.
Thank you for that insight! —Christian Reichardt

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This article is just what I needed to make the plunge! I’ve worked as a legal assistant for 25 years and have burned out for some time now. I have wanted to do something physical, outdoors – quit sitting behind a desk from 8 – 5. I’m not sure what that is, but I’m going to figure it out – thanks to you! —-Teresa French

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Mr. Barnes offers insight and reminders for those that love the idea of business in a holistic view. I believe in that once you create a demand for a product or service that once the deal is brokered, both parties have to be comfortable on the price to walk away after the sale. —David Zoberis

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Brilliant piece of writing and very true… —Stephen

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Mr. Barnes, YOU are an over-deliverer and Hound.com is proof of it, as is your unselfish quest to help others find quality jobs without irritating middlemen. Thank you for the services you offer here and the common-sense advice you give. —Cindy

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Harrison,

I love the article,, made me think about how so many including myself look at status. I will look at things a little clearer now,, be a little more open and little more detached…. Thank You!! God Bless and have a Great Holiday Season. —Jon Jones

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This is a really good site post, I’m delighted I came across it. I’ll be back down the track to check out other posts. —Elitha Williams

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Thank you Harrison for that selflessness which favors some of us who are somehow bound to the “Financial if” in your analysis of “IFS”. This is because it would be difficult to access some of the useful information from either books or restricted cash websites. Your ideas shared can help one to change from odds and succeed in life if only well perceived. Please, continue with that favor. Thanks. ––Esther

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Thank you for your insights Harrison, it happens to be on Christmas Day that I’m reading your thoughts, the example of the CFO interviewee really made me think about all the people who have helped me since I moved from India to USA, 15 yrs ago. From our first neighbor in USA (who my kids now call Aunty), the friend who I met at the Brownie troop my little daughter joined(she made us feel like we belonged), my ex-boss/friend (who recommended me and helped me get my current job in NYC) to my current boss who pushed me to not hold back and come out of my shell. I will remember to say thank you to all of them on this auspicious day! —KC

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Thanks. Good way to start the day with some upbeat language. A good follow-up would be an article that breaks this up into little pieces to daily activities towards a larger goal. One cannot eat an elephant in one bite. Happy Holidays! —-Andrew Pikoff

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Love It !!!!! —–Ynessa Torres

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Harrison, I always enjoy your stories. There is definitely a nugget of truth here. Best regards, —Bill H.

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Nice, It just like a truly story! Thanks for sharing! —Cartier

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Dear Mr. Barnes,
What wonderful encouragement, inspiration —–Pat Malone

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Thank you for taking the time to share you inspiring messages with the rest of us. I look forward to each new message because each provides me with hope as I go on day to day. Times are tough, for all of us. But a positive attitude can make any situation better. “This too shall pass” is my favorite motto. Things will get better, all I have to do is to continue to do my best at whatever I do. — Susan

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Thank you so much for stating so succinctly what I have been trying to tell people for years. Thank you also for reminding me that I have not been a great steward of what I believe in with myself. I now know what I need to do, why it hasn’t been working. How’s this for a start:
I can organize your mess and your desk; am the client liaison you have been wishing for; find solutions to your challenges that work; create written and marketing materials without you standing over my shoulder; welcome unknown waters and challenges; and give you back the time you need to make the big things happen. I can keep your secrets secret too. Are you are ready to run your business like a Mercedes? I have the key.
Hmmm, maybe that’s a bit much, but it’s a good start for such a late hour. I’ll work on it. Wow, do I have a lot of ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!
Many Blessings for a wonderful and prosperous New Year! —-Anne

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I enjoyed this article. It makes a lot of sense. I experienced a similar upbringing in terms of traditional ideas regarding guilt and punishment. A belief system develops and can be difficult to let go. Even though I’ve made great strides to free myself of this detrimental outlook, it continues to require conscious thinking at times to avoid the trap of punishment/guilt processing. This article presented a nice perspective on this negative habit that hinders positive thinking and prevents us from growing and benefiting or learning from our experiences.
Thank you for sharing this article. —-Tom Ruggieri

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Sir Harrison Barnes
I truly appreciate your continual mail to me. I FEEL AM CONTINUALLY FINDING ANSWERS TO MY EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS AN THEIR BY TAKING INFORMED DECISIONS……THANKS A LOT —-Kibeera Fred

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I am truly inspired by your article!! — Joscha Mattaeus Hermes

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Thanks for such a beautiful and an inspirational article. I have learnt a lot from this and will surely apply in my life. —-Himanshu Kumar

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This is a very good article. I used to love myself and was confident about my skills and abilities. The confidence is gone since I lost my job, and the feeling got worse because of my failure to find a job related to my education and experience. I have law degree (from other country), got a paralegal certificate from a NY school- graduated in a dean’s list (last year), and yet, can’t find a job. Instead, I got this $9/hour job in a retail store. Now, I don’t know anymore what to do to gain back my confidence and self-worth.
Your article somehow is a good enlightenment for me. Thank you. What can you advice. Is there some decent paying job out there for over 50 yrs old applicant like me? I tried everything from applying jobs online, to sending application by regular mail, to walk-in… to different companies, from government offices, to law firms, to banks, to hospitals, you name it and I had it…. ALL TO NO AVAIL. I hate being dependent for my husband for support. But it is what is happening to me all the past couple of years. What else should I do to have a decent paying job and related to my educ and experience? Your advice will be highly appreciated. —-Raquel

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While doing some research, I landed on your page for the first time.
Your thoughts are thought provocative; powerful, seriously on point and well accepted. Awesome post.
Your contributors also made enlightened comments.
I don’t see a rate button but I’m rating it here: Liked your post and give it all thumbs up. —-Sonny

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Thank you for the inspiration your articles are wonderful keep it up!!!! —Joel

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I’ve been following Harrison Barnes for years…since they opened up above Wheatberry in Pasadena…great visionary
and entrepreneur. I myself have followed his vision..you should do the same. —John

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Thanks for the laugh out loud excursion down the path of craziness. At least I sure expected the story to end differently, but can respect that we each choose which way to fulfill the fundamental need you have identified. Have never had “colonic hydrotherapy”, does not sound even the least sexual to me, but could be worth a try just for the experience! And if Tony Robbins does it, who am I to argue! Thanks again for lightening my day and making me think at the same time. —-John Gellatly

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I really liked reading, “Flow, Your Ego and Your Career.” It was well written and describes what directs so much of our behavior, in the work world, as well as our daily lives. Recently, I read a newspaper article that described how America is the most depressed nation on the earth, and many rely on antidepressants, to cope with the “rat race.” One day, I hope our nation will move to a 30-35 hour work week. It seems that so many people have out of balance lives: workaholics with much money, but no time to enjoy spending it, and relationships that suffer, due to neglect. I am taking a Spanish class, with an Engineer from England, and the Teacher is from Columbia. They both say that Americans do not really enjoy life, until they retire, and that their countries aren’t as driven to workaholism. They say Americans view their countries as lazy, but believe that a shorter work week makes them more fresh and focused, for their work. The teacher was offered a lucrative job, in the media, but it would be 12 hour work days. He was the Spanish Editor for the Chronicle, for several years. He and his wife, a librarian, like to travel, have many hobbies, so he turned down the job, because he did not want to give up so much time. This couple prefers to live on less, do jobs they enjoy, and have more control over their time. Your article aptly states how we keep wanting more possessions, titles, prestige, etc. and yet inner satisfaction never arrives, for many people. Perhaps our American lives could be enriched, by examining how other sophisticated countries handle work life, and adopting some of their customs. —–Mary Kay Grant

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Fantastic article! Thank you for posting this!!! I can relate so much and I will pass this on to others! :) —-Sasha

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You hit the nail on the head with this article! I haven’t read the other articles you’ve written yet so I don’t know if you offer tools for “releasing” one’s self from the traps of our egos. I have some tools I use for things such as this but still have periods of time when I am NOT in the flow. If we pay attention, our bodies and minds tell us when we are in these states of discord with ourselves. —-Peggy Romano

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, I needed to read this today Saturday, February 12, 2011. I am at work on a Saturday. It is cold but beautiful outside and I am in here working. I have a Masters Degree and a BA degree and working on my Doctoral. I am working for much less than I could earn because I feel I am at the mercy of someone else. Thank you “I needed that” LOL! —–Velma Smith

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Good post. Thank you.
I am in a horrible job situation and have recently asked myself why I am giving my boss control over and deciding how I feel about my life. Meaning if he is happy with my work that day then life is good and I am happy, however if he is in a bad mood and yells (curses at me) at me then my life is a mess.
I need to stop letting this person control me and my life. Thanks – your post confirmed what I was thinking. —-Jeff

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Excellent lessons. We can all be fooled, and our generosity and trust abused. We can still be trusting and generous, but have to remind ourselves to let reason have an equal voice. —-Steven Hill

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Thank you so much for this article! I was feeling bummed because I can’t seem to find a job — but then I am not that patient. It is scary how we trick our minds into thinking the wrong things. Your article reminded me of not giving up. Good things don’t come easy. Thank you! —Maria

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Harrison,
Thank you very much for such uplifting article. Sometimes we doubt ourselves as to the capacities our mind holds and it is important to be reminded of such abilities. You are a great motivator and I can sense you speak from your soul. Have a blessed day and thank you again. —-Diana

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I was heavily into looking for a site where I could find some well-written articles, and now I’m here well I am really astonished. —Jamey Lace

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Thank you; this article was extremely helpful and healing. —-Ann

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Great stuff Man. A big revelation> —-Warutumoi

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Excellent! I wish I could get more advices like this! This helped me out! —-Ignacio Spisso

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I was very inspired this year to expand my sphere of influence and help more and more people. I truly love what I do, and this article has helped me re-ignite that flame and want to reach out to more and more in different ways, so thank you for writing this great article! In my career I have climbed into the top 1% of realtors here in Chicago, but I love what I do so much I want to help more people. This year I will venture out in different ways so that people can use my expertise and experience. Not only is this great for people wanting to look for a new job, but its helping people like me expand my current one! —Dana

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Great article! Thanks for sharing. —–Rob

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This was a great post. I’m going to add your tips to my own business marketing. I never thought about letting my clients/bosses know what I do behind the scenes for them. Now it seems rather foolish to assume they would come to find out on their own sometime.
Thanks for the great advice. :) —–Jessica

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I have really enjoyed your advice, personal stories and philosophies. I feel a sense of hope in reading them. Being in the business world for over 20 years and now making what I did 20 years ago, can be underwhelming and stressful while wanting to look for a job that pays more and not getting what I want when I want it. One becomes bitter. Thank you for your freshness, real idealism and perspective. I have felt like I’m a door mat, but, I guess being nice does pay off…eventually. I look forward to your stories. Thanks again. One becomes disheartened and negative so easily these days. We need hope, support and purpose in our lives to carry on in the best way possible! —- Jennifer Halphen

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An eye opener! Growing up my dad would say, “eat what you can”. I have had a boyfriend who is very ambitious and doesn’t understand why I do not have the kind of drive that he has, hence my reduced self-esteem. Thank you so much. —- Bernadette

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Your article gave me a lot to think about. I had never looked at life thru the eyes of certainty and uncertainty. It really is that simple. I know that I have created a lot of uncertainty in my life. I will forever be aware of the question, “Am I truly unhappy, or just feel the need to create uncertainty. Thank you, —-Debbie Barnett

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what a fantastic post, I have you as my homepage as you always make sense and I completely relate. you discuss what other dare. Your posts are memorable and inspire ring. I for one am glad you did not listen to the destructive comments as I have been able to relate to this post so much. Keep up the good work its much appreciated. — Julie

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I somehow got on your email list. I used to delete and then I started looking at the listings only to find an article at the bottom. Today is the first time I took the time to not only ready the article, but to click through to your site. I am an attorney with a growing a bankruptcy practice, but I have zero interest in the work I am doing. —- Josh

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Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Have not tried the job site yet. Am currently re-learning how to avoid the negative affirmations of others. Thought I had it down, but ten years ago became involved with my sweetie who turns out to be emotionally abusive. He has that destructive relationship style wherein he criticizes and I am criticized. This behavior is never revealed to others – it is always behind closed doors. “Crazy-making” behavior that had me convinced I’m going crazy! Yet he is such a wonderful guy outside in the world. Even my friends are starting to believe his side of the “he said, she said” situation. Your articles are helping to sort all this out. Thanks again. —-Margaret Thomas

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I always tell people the reason any of the Rocky movies are my favorite movie is because no matter how many times he gets knocked down, he always gets back up and his resilience carries him to victory. Thank you for writing this inspiring article about the man behind the movies. —– Cassidy Valentine Sitter

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Hi, Harrison – Enjoy reading your column today and your good advice. Would you be interested in receiving a copy of my recently Avery/Penguin-published book, “What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life.” The narratives are inspiring for all ages. The book, out in hardcover last year and just published in paper, was called “wise and inspiring” by The Boston Globe, has twice been featured in AARP, the magazine, —- Bruce Frannkel

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This is very encouraging! I just received this blog via your e-newsletter. I notice you wrote this blog about 2 years ago, but the this is the truth and still very relevant.
I have experienced destructive criticism. Although I tune out, I find myself shrinking back and being private, less talkative about my personal career and business pursuits. I think what hurts the most is that I would receive criticism like this, especially from people I have encouraged. My personality is to cheer and motivate people to pursue their dreams; it is puzzling that sometimes, I receive less than warm responses.
Your blog explains why; just as I suspected. Like you say, I have to ignore it, expect more of it (because I’m achieving more), and keep moving on my path.
I shared your blog with my network. Thanks! –Marsha

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I’m reading your articles for so long so I just want to say they are awesome . The way you tell the stories and their in-depth message is out of this world . —Rajat

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Thank you. This is a great article. —-Raeleene

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I ACTUALLY was initially pretty pleased to search out this web-site. I want to appreciate it for your precious time for the wonderful read!! I ACTUALLY definitely taking advantage of every little this and I’ve got you saved as a favorite to see brand-new stuff you blog post. —-Asics

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I admit, I read this article because I was upset about my boss’s criticisms about me. To give you some background information, I’m a college student working as a research aide. My job entails me to follow VERY specific protocol in a neurology lab. Just today, I forgot one part of the protocol, and my boss jumped on it.
I got upset about this. So, I came here, and now I am happy that she criticized me because looking back on this, she was only doing her job. I’m glad I read this article because now I’m not so angry at her criticisms, and actually grateful that she helped me out.
This was a great article to read. —-Charles

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First of all, thank you for writing such insightful and inspirational articles. I would like you to clarify something I am having a hard time understanding and therefore applying to my life.
In your article “Seven Reasons People Never Have the Successful Careers They Are Capable of”, you stated that people who do not reach their full potential are complacent. However, in the above article you state that one determines one’s level of happiness and success based on the rules you set for yourself. I am having a hard time differentiating rules and goals. Don’t complacency and having a small number of rules go together? Wouldn’t the rules of being happy regardless the situation conflict with not being complacent? I would really like to learn your take on how one can have a small amount of rules without becoming complacent. Thank you! —-Natalie

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This is a very thoughtful and timely piece. Thank you for sharing. —Davis S

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Dear Mr. Barnes: I have never provided commentary on anything that I have read on the internet; until now, that is.
Your written words enveloped much of what is covered in a “psychology, 101″ class, yet, the “feeling” that jumps off the platform and into the readers heart (at least reader’s heart) is stirring; both in a good way and in a poking way.
You could have simply stated: “You are what you think you are.” This, however, would have meant nothing.
Thanks for helping me to “revisit” where my true sense of self be derived from.
Great job! —- Margo Sarvari

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Harrison….I have to tell you something. I’ve been reading and reading your many words. Oddly, I went to a psychic about a week ago (my husband and I know her and have been to her before) to talk to her about my recent job loss, and what I could do to bring positive energy my way. You’ve said so many things that she talked to me about…how odd to read them here at your site. Thank you so much. You are gifted! —Rhonda

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Hello Harrison:
Love what you do, focus on your higher purpose and contribution, and don’t focus on the money….all very important thoughts. I am trying to hold on to these as I job search. Hopefully I my positive energy will connect with someone soon, and I’ll get hired!
Thanks for the great articles. —-Rhonda

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I appeared to be pretty pleased to discover this web-site. I want to appreciate it for your effort for the excellent study!! I ACTUALLY certainly loving any little bit and I’ve got you bookmarked to see fresh stuff you post. —-?

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Dear Harrison,
Your essays show a rare level of maturity, insight and professionalism that is missing too often from the business of law. Thanks for sharing them. —-Shelley Ewalt

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What a fantastic article! I have been out of work only 8 months now but this is my second stint in 2 years and lately I have been feeling so desperate and discouraged. You have given me a whole new perspective on what I have been referring to as “dead time”. Thank you so much for writing this. I will be reposting this for sure. —-Magda Byrne

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Hola! I’ve been reading your web site for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock TX! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job! — Sydney Abundiz

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Thank you for sharing your story and your insight. Excellent advice. I too have been on a journey to find out what I am truly meant to do with my life. Your story just helped me realize that I have really always known but been too afraid to do it for fear of what others would think. Thank you for inspiring me to inspire others. —–Carolyn Lloyd

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Thank you for sharing your story and for your insight. —Carolyn Lloyd

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Your inspiring article appears at an opportune time for me and my husband. My job, as a manager for law firms has been eliminated 3 times–the first firm went bankrupt, the second firm had a decrease in business and the third firm was cutting expenses. My husband, a computer software engineer, went without work as a contractor for more than a year during this recent downturn. We have both been in the workforce for over 40 years and have no plans to retire. We are starting over when many of our cohorts are retiring or have been retired for several years! —-Sandy Gifford

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man your story was sooo awesome. I felt like I was there with you.. and thanks for the advice. —-eric

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Very positive and insightful despite the sad ending. —Andrew Pikoff

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Great article! —–Daniel

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Mr. Barnes, I really enjoy the Newsletters you publish, they have a lot practical wisdom that one can use immediately. Is there a web site I can refer to that enumerates past issues of your newsletter. There are some I may have missed. Keep up the inspirational writing! —Sam Anson

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Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brightened my day! —-Leidy

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Thanks for sharing. What a pleasure to read! —-Lois

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I enjoy your articles. you should write a book. —-Erik

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I wish Harrison Barnes was my recruiter! —Amy Waters

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Excellent article! Thank you so much for so clearly expressing what is virtually never spoken. This concept is so very important not only at work, but in any situation where people interact.
I especially dislike it when one can tell the corporation thinks so little of employees well-being that the restrooms are always freezing cold (one mustn’t dawdle there!), with toilets that are never repaired, and there’s mold all over the outside (much less the inside) exposed air ducts hanging over the tables in the lunch room, and the ‘company luncheon’ means YOU bring the food and are made to feel bad if you don’t contribute. Of course, the owners are Republicans, and attend the church of the all mighty dollar. —-Meagain

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Awesome!! —- Charles Martin

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Wow, this is very inspiring!
Just this March I was heartbroken because I tried my best and didn’t get what I wanted. It was such a humbling experience. It was a reminder that I should continue to push harder. —-Kelly Austin

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I have never written a comment to an article of this nature before, but I felt compelled to tell you that this advice is poignant, inspiring and priceless. I see that the post was made almost a month ago and I am seeing it for the first time. I wonder why it has not been sent sooner, but for those who are questioning their worth in the workplace, it is very important to shut off the negative news you hear every day and focus on the opportunities to improve your position in your career, improve your family life, your true friendships and lifestyle. Taking time away from the daily routine, even if forced upon you by loss of a job, is a valuable opportunity for improvement. —Joseph Gleason

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wow that was inspiring and it completely makes sense. It is very true that we tend to have that negative sense of thinking, but we should not because we allow our dreams to be defined by such thoughts. I have recently quit my job because I felt like I was giving up on my dreams, so you can imagine how I feel this morning reading this article. Thank you for the positive note this was amazing. —-Tia

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Harrison, such an inspirational and thought-provoking article! As always… — Vishal

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I thoroughly enjoy your advice about finishing what has been started. My husband used to tell me the same thing. I

completed my bachelor’s degree and used it has a motivator to finish other goals in life. —-Deborah

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very nice, keep up the good work… —- Maria

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What a neat article. I had no inkling. —-Marty

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Excellent analysis !!! —-Satish Kumar Sharma

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Awesome story it is really. I’ve been searching for this tips. —Peg Mcmaster

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Thank you for write this article. it’s a good advice and good thinking. But people who have no education being treated like a Dog in the company what should he or her to do? just take it… 8years running in this company nothing is good. Whenever you need to leave the boss will change to be good for awhile. he devil boss wear Prada. I think the show devil wear Prada not the bad boss at all. my boss is just worse the what your story above said. —–Shannon Kyle

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This is one of the best articles I have read about marketing people’s career. Thanks. —–Haitham Sarsam

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Mr. Barnes,
You’re articles are very inspiring. I read them every day even though I have a job I am passionate about. Keep up the amazing work, as I am sure you have many other followers.
Cheers, –Michael Kim

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Wow! Harrison, what a fantastic article! I absolutely believe 110% in what you said. GOD bless you for whatever you are doing with this site and helping thousands around the country….! —Swadeep

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Hiya! I just want to give an enormous thumbs up for the nice info you could have right here on this post. I can be coming back to your weblog for extra soon. —-Vicente Terrall

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Excellent article, Mr. Barnes. Thanks especially for the M. Williamson quote. —Randy Troxel

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I was very much encouraged by the article. I never realized I was lacking something which was crucial to my life. —–Patience Mawoni

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thought provoking lesson —-Zubairulhassan

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Hey there! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita TX! Just wanted to mention keep up the good work! —-Paul @ digital advertising agency

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Harrison, interesting piece. You might take a look at http://www.camlawblog.com where I explore legal issues related to someone working on your “energy field.” MHC —Michael Cohen

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great web site. Carry on doing —-Zofia Kalauli

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Dear Mr. Barnes,
Your essay contains some of the best examples of “apples and oranges” analogizing that I have had the pleasure of reading. It is one thing to suggest to a supervisor that a history of past performance may be predictive of future performance; it is another to suggest to a supervisor that present performance should be evaluated not only based on past performance, but on someone else’s perspective of that past performance. I am frankly amazed – and saddened – that you had the misfortune to have encountered so many unprofessional teachers. While bias due to the “halo effect” is well recognized, what you describe is wide-spread, almost pathologic, lack of self-esteem and abandonment of professional responsibility. I offer my condolences to you, on one hand, for the lack of integrity you seemed to have encountered. On the other, I suggest that the point of an education – and perhaps a well-lived life generally – is to benefit from as much honest, well-informed, constructive criticism as one can garner, rather than attempting to dismiss these opportunities for growth by perpetuating only the “positive” responses one receives. —- Harry Horner

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Dear Mr. Harrison,
Oh, really , excellent article and good understanding about our practical life. I appreciate your efforts to make working people understand about their life. Very good ……

I would like to take an opportunity to ask something about myself. I am 50years old working with Air cooler manufacturing company as Export marketing Manager. I am working in this company for last four years. My qualification is Diploma in Textile Technology and I worked in textile Industry for almost 23years as Export marketing manager. I changed the industry just four years back because I did not get proper opportunity.
Would you please advise me that I should continue in new industry or go back to textile Industry.
Your kind advise will be highly appreciated. —-Deepak Parmar

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I, too, have started numerous things, and then quit when the going got tough. I know several multi-millionaires in the same business I had quit. These same people were encouraging others to persevere until they succeeded. I didn’t listen to them. When I was a kid, I took up violin lessons because I love the sound of the instrument, but quit after 3 years.
The article is right on. Those that succeed, do so in spite of the obstacles. Thanks for a great article. ——James Stevens

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Great article. I learn a lot from it. Thanks. —Steven

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Thanks – Enjoyed this blog post, is there any way I can receive an alert email whenever you publish a fresh update? —Zoe Sakihara

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Great read – perhaps you can include a link at the end of your posts when you refer to a book that would allow people to click through and purchase. —–Karen, an expungement attorney

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Wow, such a nice article You could think that you are watching the movie in reality, I’m usually hungrier and much more passionate, but I admit that I have found my match, kudos for the good work. —-Fredrick Otieno Nundu


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I am not even looking for a job but have read two of your posts. Two things…1, I can’t wait to share this with the fam; 2, I want to test run my new found and highly inspirational knowledge on the roads of life.
I AM SO PSYCHED! Thanks a bunch! ————Ro Mi

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Awesome job on this post. —-Mannitol

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This was a really nice post. —-It Services Austin

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Once again a very great piece. I keep learning each time, kudos to you. — Fredrick Otieno Nundu

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F*ckin? tremendous things here. I am very satisfied to look your article. Thank you so much and I am having a look forward to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail? —-Anmachspruche

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That was the best reading I have done in years. Thank you for sharing. Without getting into detail, I must admit that this very issue is holding me back and your sharing your experience helps me realize how much my need to feel significant effects almost every moment of the day and almost every interaction I have. I am a contract attorney that has always dreamed of a more significant role in my profession and my frustration about this seems all-consuming much of the time. Thanks again, for giving me some transforming food for thought. —-Ashley Brown Bates

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Much thanks!

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Hi Harrison,

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate your articles. It seems as if they are right on cue, just for me and I always wonder how you can think of so much to say so often! Well, I guess I should record MYSELF on the phone one day!..hmmm anyway. I also noticed that you are based in Pasadena, CA? I also live in Pasadena…

What a small world! Thanks again for your inspiring articles!

Angela N.

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Dear Mr. Barnes,

When I read your article, “The Kick-Ass Marketing Secret of the Most Successful Job Applicants and Employees,” I was astounded, for I have had many mentors from all facets of life advising me about different elements of my life. Yet, none seemed to be able to convey the idea of marketing myself to potential employers in an effective manner. You were able to accomplish this by sharing a few anecdotes and having specific knowledge from experience and your career about personalizing the USP. You presented the information in a clear-cut manner, which was easy to comprehend and replicate.

By following the advice you gave in the article, I summed up the best qualities, I believe I have, in 4 sentences. And from what I wrote, I could see what motivates me to perform at my best, and how that dictates my work habits and ethics.

In short, I am at awe of what you were able to do, i.e. transform my views, more so my approach, regarding marketing myself, not only as an individual but also as a brand. As a result, I want to know if you would mind being my mentor. If you are not able to do so, I will understand.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to your correspondence.

Cordially yours,

Tandameshia Hastings

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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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