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Never Look A Gift Mule In The Mouth

The real pros know how to motivate themselves before they start having bad days. They look at work differently, not just not just as a means of making a living, but as a significant part of a quality life. Their particular mix of attitude, responsibility, cooperation and accomplishment make them a valuable commodity in any […]

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Celebrate The Child In You

Kids get excited about life. They see everything with fresh eyes, knowing they will find something new and different every time they look. Adults, on the other hand, look for what they know and expect. Imagine what we’re missing! We’ve forgotten the enthusiasm, the sense of surprise at experiencing new things, the fascination with solving […]

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Strive For Excellence

A friend sent me an amusing story about working for the “Average Company,” which she’d read in Simple Tools and thought it was worth passing on. Now I’m doing you the same favor, because if you are getting bored with striving for excellence or settling for just doing a pretty good job, you may want […]

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Passion: The Prime Mover

I recently came across a terrific description of a salesperson… and it’s from the 1940s. Aside from the sexist language, a sign of those times, I think it’s still right on. During a convention of Chrysler sales managers in Los Angeles–back when Chrysler was an auto superpower–Harry G. Moock, a company vice president, issued this […]

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There’s No Education Like Adversity

Life is not a steady ascent. It doesn’t go straight up… a lot of lumps and a lot of bumps… a lot of throttling up and a lot of throttling down. I have never yet met a single successful person who has not had to overcome a little or a lot of adversity in his […]

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You Can’t Escape Rejection…But

You can’t escape rejection, But you can let it go. That requires reprogramming your mind-set. Here are some exercises that paid big dividends for me: Dissect thoughts under the microscope. When faced with a challenge, what do you tell yourself? “I’m no good…” “This is too hard…” “I’ll never make it…” Don’t let negative self-talk […]

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Courtesy At Work: Your Colleagues Will Thank You

  Most of us work with relatively sane people who try to behave during the eight hours or so that they’re in the office.  And we attempt to do the right things and avoid offending our co-workers as well. But some people just don’t get it.  As part of a survey on workplace etiquette, the […]

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He Who Burns Bridges Better Be A Damn Good Swimmer

Real-estate operators are legendary for slow-pay practices, but I know one who hangs them all out to dry. This gentleman–we’ll call him “Bob”–was the son of a milkman. He made a fortune in the trucking business and wound up owning major-league sports franchises on both coasts. To give you an idea of how nimble he […]

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Be Responsible For Yourself

  We can learn a lot about responsibility from bugs. The ant works hard in the sweltering heat all summer long, building its house and loading up on supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.  Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.  […]

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You Can’t Solve A Problem Unless You First Admit You Have One

The Same Goes For Business Problems Alcoholics Anonymous has used that principle as a starting point to reclaim thousands and thousands of lives. Thousands more are never reclaimed because it’s so hard to change. Sheer stubbornness has destroyed a lot more bottom lines than new technologies. There were just as many mean spirited jibes at […]

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