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You Need to Be Seen as an Authority

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

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Your Forces and How to Use Them

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In this book titled Your Forces and how to Use them, Christian Larson talks about the inherent energies present in each one of us and how one can achieve great things just by realizing and using this limitless energy to the maximum possible extent. The...

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Socrates and Your Job Search

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Several years ago, we were launching a newsletter for law schools. One of our employees, who was working on the project, decided that the title of the newsletter should be, “The Signal.” He was very enthusiastic about this particular title....

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Career Advice from Aristotle

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Aristotle loved studying argumentation and the methods of appeal used to convince someone of a given idea. Aristotle believed that people can be persuaded by the following means: Ethos (an appeal to credibility) Pathos (an appeal to emotions) Logos...

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Charlemagne, the Roman Empire, and the Importance of Good Leadership

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Over the past several years I have become fascinated with leaders and entrepreneurs and what makes them successful. The power of an entrepreneur or leader — to take an idea, unite people around it, and create a long-functioning and successful organization...

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The Richest Man in Bay City

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When I graduated from law school, I worked in Bay City, Michigan, for a federal judge for a year. Bay City is a former lumber town whose fortunes had long gone down the tubes when the lumber industry went away some 100 years ago. After lumber went away,...

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Avoid Creating “Fatal Friction”

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The worst thing you can ever do in a professional relationship—and in a personal relationship, for that matter, is introduce what I call “fatal friction”. I have seen more careers stalled, held back and even ruined by fatal friction...

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You Need to Bring a Singular Focus to Everything You Do

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What makes a person really good at something? The answer to this question is identical to the reason for exceedingly high success in any profession. There are people who are really good at finding jobs. People who are good at finding jobs bring an incredible...

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Are You Structured or Free Spirited?

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

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10 Powerful Lessons from a Turkish Rug Trader

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Several years ago, I was staying at a beautiful hotel on the beach on a small Greek island. The hotel was full of young people in their mid-20’s who appeared to be having the time of their lives. I had chatted with the receptionist several times...

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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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