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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Marketable Skills Part 3: The Purpose of an Education


How do people climb up the economic ladder? As I said in the previous post, they start by getting a job. That is the bottom rung on the ladder. They climb up the ladder by increasing their marketable skills. So this series in my blog is about how to develop marketable skills.

That’s the model that most people follow to rise from poverty to economic success. Step 1 is to get a job. Step two is to increase our marketable skills. Some people never escape poverty because they never learn the model.

What’s so hard to understand about the model? You get a job and you increase your marketable skills. Anyone can figure that out. It is so obvious. As I stated in my book A Few Keys to All Success, success is the study of the obvious. Everything it takes to be successful is obvious. Still, one reason why people aren’t more successful is because they miss the obvious.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Marketable Skills Part 2: The Solution to Poverty


Somebody once quipped that the way to get rich is simple. Just make sure you are very careful how you pick your parents. Pick the right ones and you are rich.

OK, so most of us don’t have that option. Very few of us did a good enough job to just fall into great wealth. Most of us have to make it on our own. We start out our adult life in poverty and we eventually end up in the middle class or above.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Marketable Skills Part 1: The Starting Line


“Things cost too much,” the young Jim Rohn explained to Earl Shoaf. “That’s why I am broke with pennies in my pocket, behind on my promises, with creditors at the door.”

“I don’t think that’s the real problem” Shoaf replied. “The problem is that you can’t afford them.”

“Well of course I can’t afford them. This is all the company pays” Rohn said pointing to his pay stub.

“I don’t think that’s completely true” Shoaf said. “Is that all the company pays or is that all the company pays you?”

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Critical Moments: How to Prevent Lapses in Judgement


Why do smart people sometimes do the stupidest things? Why do highly disciplined people sometimes show a total lack in self-control? Why do mild mannered people sometimes explode and go into attack mode?

This week Anthony Heath, former Sherriff of Berrien County, GA received a 30 month sentence for two instances of using excessive force on a suspect in custody. An investigation showed that, on two different occasions, he beat up a suspect while he was handcuffed. All those who know Heath were absolutely and totally surprised. Nobody could imagine that he would ever do such a thing. All anyone could say is that Heath unexpectedly had a “lapse in judgement.”

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Important Is Too Important to Be Left to the Urgent


He couldn’t understand how he had flunked my exam. He had stayed up all night studying for it. He acted like that should have proven to me that he knew the material. All it showed me is that he waited too late before getting started.

I asked him to imagine the following scenario. Let’s say it is a press conference after the big game. The losing coach walks in and says he really thought his team would win. “After all,” he says, “We stayed up all last night practicing for the game.”

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Teachable Moments


As a teacher, I realize that most of my time is wasted. When I am in front of a class, I am mostly treading water waiting for a teachable moment. However, once that teachable moment arrives, something powerful happens. The way people think changes. Lives are impacted. Seldom does real education occur outside those teachable moments.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Alcoholism as a Habit


Let me throw out something for you to consider. It may be right or it may be wrong. But if it is right, it may explain something I have often wondered about. Why do so many incredibly talented and gifted people seem to get caught up in alcoholism?

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Greatness Comes in All Forms


In the twelve years between 1999 and 2010, two teams dominated the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs combined to win 11 of the 12 Western Conference titles and 9 of the 12 NBA Championships.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

That Last Minute that Bites


This weekend, I spoke to a group of about 150 people on time management. I asked for a show of hands from everyone who feels like they have a problem with procrastination. Literally everyone in the room raised their hand. One guy raised two hands. There might have been one or two people who didn’t get around to raising their hands but I didn’t see them.

I told the audience to look around the room. Procrastination is a natural state of human existence. It isn’t weird that you procrastinate. If you don’t procrastinate, you are in the vast, vast majority of mankind. That makes you the weird one.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

No News Really Is Good News


Life is an amazing journey with a few bumps along the way. That’s the way I see it. That is unless I start viewing it through the lens of the nightly news. Then I start seeing the world upside down. I start thinking that the bumps in life is life.

So to me, no news really is good news. It’s good news for my psyche. It’s good news for my relationship with my wife. It’s good news for my students. And it’s good news for what I feel like God has called me to be and that is a positive influence on this world.

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