Life Lessons

You Should Welcome Rejection

Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, of Shark Tank fame, was labeled the dumb kid in school. After graduating from high school, she had nearly two dozen short-term jobs before she entered the fast-paced New York real estate market. Now, on Shark Tank, she has told anxious entrepreneurs that she does not like them or trust…

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3 Books That Will Revive Your Year

When I went away to college, I was terrified of flunking out. I had to take college algebra my first semester, and math was my weakest subject. I failed the class, but before final grades were submitted, I met with the professor. I don’t know what I said, but I cried. Hard. He had mercy…

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Big Mistakes that Smart People Make

A few days ago, I learned that a well-respected attorney in my community had not paid his personal or corporate income taxes for eight years. What! Huh? But you know what, I don’t have to pick up a newspaper or review a case file to find out about dumb stuff that people do. I can…

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How to Forgive Your Father

People are often surprised to learn that my late father was a minister. When they try to label me a “PK”, “preacher’s kid,” I tell them, I’m not really a preacher’s kid since I didn’t grow up in my father’s house. My parents divorced when I was a toddler. My father remarried. His new wife…

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Three Reasons to Say No

“Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.” The late business philosopher Jim Rohn warned that we over commit ourselves when we say yes to too many opportunities. It sounds selfish to say no to people and to worthy causes. We are all good at many things but only great at…

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What I Learned from My Mother

The first recorded battle between my mother and me occurred when I was three years old. According to my mother, she had swatted my behind several times, and I refused to cry. Finally, I looked her in the eye and said, “You’re stupid.” While I don’t remember that incident, it sounds like something I would…

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