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You Do Not Need to Escape to Get the Life You Want

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I love sports cars. For as long as I can remember, I have been unable to drive by an exotic car dealership without stopping, going inside, and looking at the cars. My wife hates this about me, and she generally stays in the car. In most big cities there...

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Change Your Thermostat

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One day several years ago, I was sitting in my office in Los Angeles when two barefooted women walked in. Their feet were dirty, and I can assure you, it is not normal for women to walk around downtown Los Angeles without shoes. Both of the women had...

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Never Try to Be Someone Different from Who You Are

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A few years ago, the Dean of the law school I attended took me out to lunch.  He was in town because his son was attending a math camp.  He told me his son absolutely loved math and the Dean was nurturing his skill.  Reflecting on his son’s math...

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Choose an Employer Who Is Marching Forward

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There are generally two types of employers in this world: the employer who is marching forward and the employer who is in retreat. There is also a third type of employer (for whom nothing is changing) that merits some discussion as well. However, for...

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In Defense of Long-Term Employment with a Single Employer

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If you go into any business that’s been around more than twenty or thirty years, you will inevitably find a handful of people who’ve been there from the very beginning of their careers. These well-adjusted souls will typically report to work...

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Never Overlook the Obvious

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When I was in my third year of college in Chicago, I received a notice from the City of St. Claire Shores, Michigan, that I owed them $18,000 and needed to report to court, because I might actually be responsible for owing them even more money. St. Claire...

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Government Bailouts, Groups and Your Career

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Recently, something quite interesting has been happening in the American economy. The government has decided to get involved in running various businesses. These businesses include insurance companies, banks, and automotive companies. This is something...

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How to Manage Crisis

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One of the scariest things for any of us is being in crisis. A crisis can be defined several ways. It can be: the loss of a job a divorce a traumatic injury a death the alienation of a loved one due to a fight or disagreement a severe illness or even...

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Five Gallons of Soup: Are You a Moving-Away-From or a Moving-Toward Sort of Person?

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When I was a freshman in college, one of my older fraternity brothers once dumped a giant pail of soup over my head while I was eating dinner. This was during my “pledge” period when I was in the process of joining the fraternity. Each of...

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Helpers and Non-Helpers

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In the book All I Want Is Everything, Marion Preminger discusses the viewpoint of her husband, a missionary doctor in Africa: “Albert Schweitzer says there are two kinds of people. There are helpers, and there are non-helpers. I thank God he allowed...

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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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