Category Archives for Advice

Top execs share their advice

One of the questions I am often asked is “how to get ahead.”  I thought it might be helpful to share some lessons from top U.S. executives: Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway:  “You follow your passions.  You find something you love.  The truth is, so few people really jump on their jobs, you […]

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More Father’s Day advice – from readers

Several weeks ago I used this column to share lessons I learned from my parents in recognition of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  My intention was to honor mothers and fathers everywhere for the wisdom they impart to their children. The column apparently struck a chord, because I had a record response from readers about […]

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Fatherly advice as we celebrate dads

There was a little boy with a bad temper.  His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence.  The first week the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.  It gradually dwindled down as he discovered it […]

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Larry Wilson: Be the best you can be

One day an entrepreneur took his young sales manager up to a magnificent estate overlooking a beautiful river. He then took him up on the highest peak on the property, put his arm around him and pointed down and said:  “Look at that stunning home and gorgeous swimming pool!  How do you like those fabulous […]

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If I had my life to live over …

Humorist Erma Bombeck once wrote a column titled “If I had my life to live over.”  In it she offered such nuggets of wisdom as, “I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded” and “I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up […]

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The art of the apology

Have you heard the story of the colossal customer-service bungle over the “bedbug letter”? A guest in a hotel finds himself attacked by bedbugs during his stay. He writes an angry letter to the president of the hotel company. Within days, the president sends the guest a heartfelt apology, which reads, in part: “I can […]

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Take a Lesson from My Folks: Never Stop Learning

    If at first you’re afraid to fail, then you won’t ever succeed. One of the greatest things my parents did for me was to encourage every one of my ambitions, even if they appeared to be overreaching. They listened to my dreams of being a golf champ or a basketball pro, cheered them […]

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Career advice from the masters

  Napoleon Hill, one of my favorite authors, devoted twenty years of his life to study what made people successful.  His mentor, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, helped Hill by giving him introductions to some of the most successful people in business, including Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Schwab, George Eastman, John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, […]

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There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Memory

  Little Johnny, in sixth grade, came home with a report card that was all D’s and F’s. His father asked why. “I can never remember anything,” answered Johnny. The old man said, “Well, you’re not going to any more baseball games until you get your grades up. And to begin with, forget tonight’s game.” […]

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Watch Out for These Four-Letter Words

    There are certain four-letter words that have no business in business. Many, in fact, are bad for business—so bad that using them may determine whether you stay in business. No, we’re not talking about profanity here—that’s a given. These are everyday words that really smart people eliminated from their vocabularies early on. Let […]

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