When You Join a New Group

We all join various groups at various times in our work and our life. When we do, the experience is often fraught with a measure of uncertainty, anxiety, dread, or discomfort. These feelings impair our normal ability to function at our usual

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How to Be More Ambitious

Ambition is good. Without it, most of us would sit around doing whatever’s easy, and thinking no farther ahead than our next meal. But with enough ambition, we are usually able to improve our lives and the lives of others, conceive and

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Make Your Days Better

It doesn’t matter whether you’re retired or still working, you still have to get through every day and face tomorrow. The simple fact is this: if those days feel good to you, you’ll have a better life than if they don’t. Fortunately,

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Stand Up for Yourself

It can be a harsh world, and sometimes the path forward is not an easy one. That’s one big reason we generally seek allies, and try to work well with others. Unfortunately, even the best alliances can break down, prove powerless, or

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Learning from Others

I’ve written several times about the importance of working well with others. But this is the first time I’m focusing on how much you can, and should, expect to learn from the various people you meet. Since increasing your knowledge base is

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The Power of Direction

There’s no question that skills, talents, and experiences are critically important to productivity and success. It’s equally true that resilience and determination are key ingredients separating top performers from the crowd. But there’s another part to the story: None of this matters

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The Mindset to Grow

In a crude and simple way, people can be divided into two groups: those who mostly believe their skills, talents, and abilities are largely maxed out, and those who believe they still have room for growth. This is important because having a

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