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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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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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Look for these traits in successful team players | Harvey Mackay

Look for these traits in successful team players

It was a cold winter.  The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to bunch together to keep warm.  However, the quills from each hedgehog pierced their next-door neighbors, so they decided to move apart.  But then they started to freeze and die alone, so they made the decision to cuddle back together and live with the […]

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Rudeness is contagious in the workplace | Harvey Mackay

Rudeness is contagious in the workplace

Germs can run rampant in a workplace, but so can another problem.  Researchers at the University of Florida, presenting their findings in the “Journal of Psychology,” say that rudeness can be contagious. The researchers followed 90 graduate business students as they practiced negotiation techniques over seven weeks, switching partners several times.  Students who described a […]

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The wisdom of Bruce Halle | Harvey Mackay

The wisdom of Bruce Halle

I often use the expression – One person can make all the difference in the world. That adage certainly applied to my friend Bruce Halle who recently passed away.  Bruce was the founder of Discount Tire, the nation’s largest tire and wheel retailer with 975 stores in 34 states and more than 20,000 employees. He […]

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A smile adds face value

Readers of this column know that I am a big fan of Dale Carnegie, the master of making friends.  I carry a poem from one of his books with me and often share it when I am speaking to groups.  It’s called “The Value of a Smile,” and I hope you learn as much from […]

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Dig your well before you're thirsty | Harvey Mackay

Dig your well before you’re thirsty

If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts. Although I never met David Rockefeller, he certainly would have fit in this category.  When he passed away in March 2017 […]

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