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Wash Your Mouth Clean Of These Career-Killing Phrases

How many of you remember your mom or dad washing your mouth out with soap when you said a bad word and got caught lying? I don’t know if it’s still a common practice, but many people of my generation remember the awful taste this left in their mouths and dutifully passed this teaching opportunity to their children. […]

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3 Bones Lead To Success

A young woman was starting her career and leaving her parents’ home when her father pulled her aside and said, “There are only three things you need to make a big success in this world – three strong bones.” “Three bones?” the young woman asked. “Three bones,” her father repeated.  “A wishbone, a jawbone and a backbone.” “You […]

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Make The Call To Improve Phone Skills | Harvey Mackay

Make The Call To Improve Phone Skills

The world is getting smaller every day. Thanks to advances in technology, we can be connected to points around the globe in seconds through our computer or telephone. We can even be on the other side of the world almost in person in a matter of seconds. Businesses can easily reach people and places that […]

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Humor in business is no joke | Harvey Mackay

Humor in business is no joke

Life is funny.  As a businessman, public speaker and author, I especially love clever stories with a message because they make important points more memorable.  Over the years I have collected a filing cabinet full of great material.  Since April is National Humor Month, I thought I would package up some of my favorites which […]

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Believe in yourself even when no one else does | Harvey Mackay

Believe in yourself even when no one else does

Life is not a parabolic curve.  It doesn’t go straight up.  There are a lot of lumps, a lot of bumps.  I have never yet met a successful person that hasn’t had to overcome either a little or a lot of adversity in his or her life.  Overnight success is much more of a myth […]

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Perseverance pays offs | Harvey Mackay

Perseverance pays offs

The popular Academy Award nominated movie “Darkest Hour” has brought a lot of attention to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill recently.  It’s also brought a lot of attention to Gary Oldman, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Churchill. According to biographers, Churchill did not have the happiest of childhoods.  Neglected […]

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Billy Graham - the best salesperson I ever met || Harvey Mackay

Billy Graham – the best salesperson I ever met

Other ministers told funnier jokes than Billy Graham, did a better job of illustrating Bible passages and organizing sermons, but no one was more effective than Graham in getting people to step forward in front of the congregation and make a commitment.  Translated from evangelism, that is what I call closing the sale.  It’s no […]

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Let it go | Harvey Mackay's Columns

Let it go

Joe paced back and forth in his sister’s kitchen one Sunday before dinner.  His sister Carol recognized the worried look on his face and called him over to where she stood next to the sink. “Hey Joe, can you hold on to this for me?”  She handed him a can of vegetable scraps. Joe took […]

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Finding your purpose is like a treasure hunt | Harvey Mackay

Finding your purpose is like a treasure hunt

I had the pleasure of attending the Super Bowl in my home state of Minnesota in February along with many of the parties and events leading up to the big game.  One of my favorites is Taste of the NFL, which made its debut in 1992 when Minneapolis first hosted the Super Bowl. My friend […]

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Street Smarts put you in the fast lane | Harvey Mackay

Street Smarts put you in the fast lane

I’m back with another installment of street smarts, those skills that go beyond what is taught in school – the lessons we learn by experience and practice.  Never underestimate the value and importance of “extracurricular” education. First idea:  Don’t be afraid to make a decision.  Be afraid NOT to make a decision.  Good judgment is […]

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