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career advice | a harrison barnes

Do and Give More Than Is Expected of You

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When I was 18 years old I spent three months working as a garbage man in Detroit.  It was one of the more interesting experiences of my life. I had taken the job out of necessity because I had the good fortune of being cut off from any spending money...

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Being New and Different, and Representing “Change”

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Several years ago, I was driving down the freeway around Birch Run, Michigan, and pulled off the freeway to get some gas. Across from the gas station there was a small diner named Tony’s that had a line that must have been half a block long. I could...

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Women and Men, Planning, and Unemployment

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In my days of practicing law, some of the other young male associates were extremely secretive about sharing their personal lives with anyone in the firm. There were two things they did not necessarily want everybody to know about: Whether they were...

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Immanuel Kant and What Good Hiring Managers Should Look For

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Many people who make hiring decisions really do not know what they are doing. In fact, they often make mistake after mistake when hiring. They put too much emphasis on skills and experience. They are overly impressed with interviewing skills. They...

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Common Sense: How to Exercise It

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“Enthusiasm is as brittle as crystal, but common sense is durable as brass.” Blanchard Yorimoto-Tashi, one of the greatest statesmen that Japan has ever produced, presents some of his precepts in his book Common Sense: How To Exercise It. To him...

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Be Proactive in Business and in Your Job Search

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The gloomy estimates you’ve heard about business failures are not exaggerated. As many as half of all small businesses launched in the United States this year will not be around by the end of next year. These businesses will remain as little more than...

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A Textbook of Theosophy

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A Textbook of Theosophy, first published in 1912 and among C.W. Leadbeater’s most famous works, describes in a lucid manner the evolution of life, mankind, the planet, and our prime purpose here. Considered one of the greatest occultists of the...

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Treating Your Career Like a Small Business

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

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If My Boss Gets Mad at Me or I Get a Poor Review, Does This Mean I Should Look for a New Job?

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Fortunate are the people who find themselves in situations where their bosses are demanding of them. I say this in all seriousness and for several reasons. At the outset, I want to caution you: this article is not for the faint of heart. It’s for individuals...

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Fast Cars, Puppies, Potential, and Building a Life of Meaning

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I love to read car magazines. Four or five years ago, I remember reading about how much money Daimler Chrysler was making selling cars that were manufactured with an extra-powerful engine called a HEMI (well before the company went bankrupt). One automobile...

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Why Aren’t There More American Day Laborers, Doctors, Engineers and Textile Workers?

By on Jun 16,2018

In this article Harrison explains the economic rule which says - your rewards will be in direct proportion to the value you provide. In your career if you are not providing enough value, the rule will catch up with you sooner or later. In contrast, if you are providing more value than you receive you will probably have a very good career. Companies that provide more value than they receive for their products generally end up flourishing. Companies that provide very little value generally end up going out of business. The law of economics that is always operating in the background is that you always need to give more than you take and be prepared to give.

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