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Appreciation increases your value

A man attending a seminar on interpersonal relationships became convinced of the need for him to begin showing appreciation to people.  His family seemed like an appropriate place to start.  So on his way home, he picked up a dozen long-stem roses and a box of chocolates.  This was going to be a real surprise, […]

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First impressions last | Harvey Mackay

First impressions last

There are many things in life that you can do multiple times.  Making a first impression isn’t one of them. First impressions are lasting.  Once a first impression is made, if it’s less than great, unfortunately it takes a long time to change it.  Experts say it takes between five and 15 seconds for someone […]

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Sales techniques that work as hard as you do | Harvey Mackay

Sales techniques that work as hard as you do

Whether you run your own business or work for a company in a sales-related role, you’re always looking for sales techniques that work.  I’ve developed and learned many over the years from readers providing great advice. One person advised me to ask yes and yes questions.  He worked for Hyatt and asked himself, “What else can […]

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Decide to be decision maker | Harvey Mackay

Decide to be a decision maker

A confused young man went to a psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist intently listened to his patient and then offered his insight. “It appears to me you have trouble making decisions.  Would you agree?” The young man pondered for a moment and then responded, “Well, yes and no.” Many people struggle with making decisions.  Whether the issue […]

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Take a few minutes to learn the 2-minute drill | Harvey Mackay

Take a few minutes to learn the 2-minute drill

I could fill volumes about chance meetings that have changed people’s lives, led to jobs, business opportunities, partnerships, new ideas . . . all because people sought other people with similar interests. The secret is to seek them out. Every time I’m in a line, on a plane, at a sporting event, wherever … I […]

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Stop procrastinating before it stops you | Harvey Mackay

Stop procrastinating before it stops you

Procrastination is a thief.  It robs you of the one commodity that you just can’t buy back:  time.  It throws off schedules.  It replaces accomplishment with inaction.  It turns dreams into nightmares. When faced with a task that you just don’t want to do, many of us simply put it off until tomorrow.  That’s why […]

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The best lessons are short

The best lessons are short, sweet and useful

Readers of this column are remarkable when it comes to telling me what they like most about my weekly musings.  Of course, I’m honored when they tell me they have posted my words on company bulletin boards or used the lessons as motivation. But without question, the most frequent feedback I get is that the […]

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To be a winner ... be unselfish | Harvey Mackay

To be a winner … be unselfish

Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors was asked the reason his team defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017 NBA championship.  He answered in one word:  “Unselfish.” The NBA Finals were a feast for basketball junkies like me.  The excitement extended far beyond the games themselves.  The players put […]

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Don't give up on your dreams | Harvey Mackay

Don’t give up on your dreams

J.C. Penney, founder of the retail giant that bears his name, once evaluated one of his young clerks, stating he “wasn’t thorough and wouldn’t have much of a future in the retail business.”  The employee?  Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. Despite Penney’s hopeless prediction, Sam Walton built the largest retail empire in the world.  The […]

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Friendships can lead to good working relationships

Two friends were walking through a dense jungle.  Knowing the dangers, they promised to stick together whatever happened. Suddenly a tiger appeared in the bushes.  One friend immediately turned and ran, climbing up a tree and leaving his companion behind.  He watched as his friend dropped to the ground and played dead. The tiger approached, […]

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