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I was 30 years old, modestly successful, living a life based on solid principles, and yet here I was in a meeting with some young punk with sleeve tattoos, feeling like a tweenager who was just called in to the principal's office.Why did I feel so intimidated? This guy was coming to my office to buy one of my wholesale houses. I was giving him a great deal, and he was going to make a lot of...
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If you’re reading this blog post, then you probably have felt the familiar sting of writing something you were really excited about, only to discover that just 12 people read it. We’ve all been there, trust me.As a blogger and social media manager for Post Planner, I’m often asked the secret for pulling readers in and keeping them coming back for more. Luckily, my experience...
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The first time I met Steve Jobs, it was at his house for my first interview at Pixar, something I never thought would happen, not even in my wildest dreams. During our conversation, we talked about my experience and how it could apply to a role he was looking to fill—a liaison between Disney (where I worked for eight years) and the producers at Pixar Animation Studios.After we talked about...
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Anyone can tell you that one key to living a happy, successful life is having a positive attitude, especially during adverse times. I know that sometimes there just isn’t justification for all the unfortunate things that happen to us—but I also know that we all have what it takes to deal with misfortune. That is what acquiring a positive attitude is all about. It’s about...
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“Chris, I’d like to introduce you to Ellen. I think she may be able to help you with your job search. Good luck! I’ll let you two take it from here.”If you are new—or a little rusty—to the world of networking, important introductions might be intimidating, or even awkward if you don’t know what to say.Remember, introductions are just the first step of...
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Stop it—stop typing that email, stop crunching numbers, stop filing documents—and think about what you’re doing. Would you have ever imagined you’d be working where you are today? Does your job match what you’d dreamed your career would be? Or did you settle?Life’s too short to settle for anything, especially when it concerns important things like your career....
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When I began interviewing business leaders for my new podcast The Inbox Inspiration, I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me. Getting the opportunity to talk to dozens of successful, inspiring individuals has been nothing short of incredible.Through our conversations, I got VIP access to some of their secrets and advice, what motivated them, what helped them to get where they are...
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