Fight On!!!

A recent news article stated that students can no longer prepare for a single career…

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Five Tips on How to Succeed at Everything

Today I aim to do everything better than I did yesterday.  I want to be…

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The Dream Is Free. The Hustle Is Sold Separately.

As the man in front of me ordered his hamburger, I read the words on…

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Avoid the Investment Road to Ruin

  When considering an investment, most of us focus on potential profit.  After all, profit…

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Five Reasons to Make the First Offer Work

  Years ago I bought a residential lot in Carmel Valley and hired a contractor…

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Got A Problem? Let Your Subconscious Solve It

  I am often asked, “What is your favorite People Tool?”  My answer changes from…

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My Business Secrets Are Out

  All of my writing is focused on a single idea: You only have today….

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Why Being Fired Can Improve Your Life

  If you’ve ever been fired you know how difficult that can be. I’ve needed…

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Avoid Financial Disaster

  One of my “Chiseled in Granite” business principals is:  “Avoid Financial Disaster.” I learned…

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boss? Nine Tips

  Bosses are inherently intimidating, even though most of them aren’t actually big, or bad. …

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Executing Your Investment Babies

  I like investments because they work for me while I sleep.  They also work…

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Always Leave Them Wanting More

  When I was twelve years old my mother took me and my younger brother…

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5 Ways to Make the Annual Review Process Less Painful

  Last week, I wrote an article for Fast Company magazine’s on Bottom Line blog,…

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Get Past Perfect

  I used to be a partial perfectionist. I say “partial” because certain aspects of…

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5 Tips for Effective Delegation

I am working at my desk. I hear a soft chime, and up pops an e-mail from one of my investors. He’s asking the same question he has already asked me three times in the last two months ago. It would take me an hour to research and answer his question, just as it would have taken me the first time he asked. Now my investor is upset and I am under increasing pressure to perform. What to do, what to do?

Delegate!!

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Saying “No” – In 7 Easy Steps

Have you ever found yourself taking out your credit card to pay for something that you didn’t really want? Have you accepted an invitation to a party when you actually preferred to stay home, or entertained dinner guests far into the night because you weren’t comfortable asking them to leave?

You are not alone. Saying “no,” when appropriate, is one of the more difficult tasks in life. Many brides have told me they married their boy-friend because they were afraid to say “no” to his proposal. Of course, most did say “no,” far more painfully, a few months or a few years later.

The good news is that saying “yes” when you really mean “no” is a pattern that you can change. By paying attention to the following seven steps you can train yourself how to say “no,” and make it stick.

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Multi-Goaling

People say I’m good at multitasking. I say, “Nonsense.”

I can only focus on one task at a time. I just switch from one task to another quickly. As my yoga teacher says, I can go from, “being Buddha to channeling a thunderstorm in one nanosecond.”

But aren’t we missing the point when we admire multitasking? I prefer multi-goaling. It’s far more effective than multitasking and extremely efficient. Consider an example.

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People With Goals Use People Without Goals

When my mind is occupied, a cross country airplane flight of five hours seems short. Otherwise the five hours seem long. On one such flight the movies were boring and the canned music dull, so I listened to a speech by a management consultant. One of his statements was, alone, worth the tedious 15 hours I seemed to have spent in my not-so-comfortable economy seat.

“People with goals use people without goals,” he said. This is one of those statements which seems obvious the moment you hear it. “People with goals use people without goals.”

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Catch the Up Elevator

Let’s go for joy and Catch the Up Elevator. And let’s do that without the cooperation of anyone else in the world. If you want it done right, do it yourself.

Where did you start your day today? Tenth story with a Happy View? Ground floor with Starbucks? The Basement of Gloom?

It makes no difference where you started because you can go up from there. Most of my days begin above ground level and end up higher. Especially when I get home in the evening to spend time with my wife and family. But every single day I am influenced either from the outside (by other people), or from the inside (by me).

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