Personal Development

3 Reasons to Get a Mentor

Thurgood Marshall had Charles Hamilton Houston. Alexander Hamilton had George Washington. Oprah had Maya Angelou. First Black Supreme Court Justice, first Secretary of the Treasury, and billionaire business woman and philanthropist. These extraordinary people all had mentors. You should have one too. Here’s why: 1. A mentor is a valuable sounding board. Planning to fire…

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3 Things to Take from Work

Henry Kissinger said, “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” Once you accept that jobs, clients and employers are temporary allies, your attitude toward work should change. Having benefits, making money, and developing skills are your permanent interests. Your employer pays you to show up. However, there are several things that you can…

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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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How to Avoid a Summer Slump

We hear about children losing academic progress over the summer. Merchants are figuring out ways to combat summer sales slumps. When the weather is nice, we want to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. If you set goals, you’re probably tempted to take a few weeks off for the summer. If you feel…

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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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How to Conquer Your Excuses

You want to save money, but. You want to get a better job, but. You want to start exercising, but. You have a dream, something you want to do, but. What’s your but? You can conquer your but once and for all. Here’s how. 1. Be honest with yourself. Do you really want to accomplish…

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Can You Really Trust This Advice?

Nasty Gal founder, Sophia Amoruso appeared on the cover of Success magazine. In the accompanying article, she shared her story of being arrested for shoplifting, having nothing and eventually starting an eBay store that would be the beginning of her clothing empire. According to the article in Success, Amoruso had a Netflix series in the…

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How to Prepare for an Unexpected Job Change

At the age of 22, Nely Galan became the manager of a TV station in New Jersey. For three years, she gave herself completely to her job and believed that her employers were loyal to her. One morning she went to work and learned that the station had been sold, and her job was gone.…

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5 Questions to Ask about Your Job

Do you like your job? Do you have a good salary and decent benefits? If you became independently wealthy tomorrow, would you continue going to that job? Do you look forward to getting up and going to work every morning or do you dread it? If you’re still reading, my bet is that you don’t…

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