The Unknown Secret of Conflict Resolution

How to Avoid the “Plan A or Nothing” Mentality
Jul

18

2016

How to Avoid the “Plan A or Nothing” Mentality

Perfectionism is the great killer of the good. Successful people learn to roll with the punches. People who insist on things going their way in every case (Plan A) will be continually frustrated and feel like failures. If Plan A equals happiness, you will be unhappy about 90 percent of the time, and frightened of becoming unhappy the other 10 percent. Learning to embrace change…

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3 Killer Secrets of the Truly Successful Person
Jun

22

2016

3 Killer Secrets of the Truly Successful Person

It’s human nature to desire success without effort. But unless you have a big inheritance (or, a mask and a gun), that probably won’t happen. The ancient biblical proverb says, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Following are three ideas you may find helpful: 1) The most successful people put out the most effort. While the…

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What I Learned From the Beach Boys
Jun

15

2016

What I Learned From the Beach Boys

I still remember a conversation with Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. By this time, the Beach Boys had been in the entertainment business for decades. The group had produced scores of hit records and sold-out concerts. If any group in America had the right to rest on its laurels, it would be these guys. Yet, I remember how introspectively Al answered my question when…

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Successful People Are Mentally Ambidextrous
Jun

9

2016

Successful People Are Mentally Ambidextrous

“Great, so, what does that mean?” you ask.
Do you remember that kid in grade school who could write equally well with either her right or left hand? She was said to be ambidextrous. In a similar way, most successful people learn to work from both their right and left-brains. We’re told that there are two groups of people: right-brained thinkers (those who are primarily artistic,…

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Successful People Focus On Their Strengths More Than Their Weaknesses
Jun

6

2016

Successful People Focus On Their Strengths More Than Their Weaknesses

At first blush, this sounds like a no-brainer. However, most people do not follow this fundamental principle. Studies show that more than 85 percent of people believe the key to success is based on fixing their weaknesses. While fixing problems is important, no person or organization will fully succeed until it learns to maximize its strengths. This isn’t news for most major corporations. Corporate types…

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An Important Key to Success…
Jun

5

2016

An Important Key to Success…

The key is not to wait for the right mood, the perfect opportunity, or the most desirable circumstance. The key is to start doing the right thing right now. Don’t do the right thing because you get stroked, get the raise, or get it reported in the news. Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

There’s Always Only One Best Way to Do Anything.
Jun

5

2016

There’s Always Only One Best Way to Do Anything.

Jack Welch, retired General Electric CEO, says, “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” There may be five, ten, or even fifty different ways to accomplish a task. But there is always only one best way to do anything. Successful people are those people who find the best way to do something, then repeat that process over and over and over again. In…

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Successful People are the Biggest Failures
Jun

4

2016

Successful People are the Biggest Failures

That’s sort of an odd comment isn’t it? But it’s true. I’m convinced that most of us would not fear failure so much if we understood its benefits. In fact, many of today’s most successful people are the same folks who have suffered some of the greatest failures. How did they accomplish this? I’m glad you asked. Used correctly, failure can catapult us to success…

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Jun

3

2016

Successful People Approach Problems Differently

Let me explain. Suppose I asked you to select a number between one and a hundred. Then suppose I told you that I could predict which number you have selected in seven guesses or less, provided you tell me whether my guesses are too high or too low. You’re skeptical, right? After all, mathematically speaking, seven is only 14 percent of 100. So doesn’t it…

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