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My favorite question to ask my teachers and mentors is “who are your teachers and mentors?" I thought I’d introduce you to one of my teachers. I first met him when he was 24 years old and possessed an incredible amount of knowledge, wisdom, and experience — far surpassing his biological age. He dropped out [...]

The market of a rising star career path involves getting jobs with increasingly greater responsibility in a relatively short period of time. The average professional expects (incorrectly) that if they simply do a good job, that’s the basis for getting promoted. This thinking leads to... S L O W career progress. Here’s why. Employers like [...]

Many high IQ professionals exhibit a specific behavior that helps them early in their careers but hinders them later in their careers. This behavior is the skill in being right. When you ask a smart person, "What is 2 + 2?" They will say, "4." If their initial answer was incorrect, then they will learn [...]

The lazy person doesn’t do much work. The leveraged person doesn’t either. At first glance, both seem identical. However, nothing could be further from the truth. A lazy person doesn’t do much work and doesn’t derive any benefits from working. The leveraged person doesn’t do much work either, but still derives the benefits as if [...]

The easiest way to get promoted is to do the following: 1) Choose an employer that’s growing and in constant demand for new people. 2) Master your own job. 3) Develop preliminary competence in the job above you. 4) Volunteer to do the least enjoyable parts of the job above you (before you’re promoted). Let me [...]

Most people want to buy a magic pill that will solve all of your problems while you kick back on your sofa and do nothing. Lose 10 lbs over night (uh...yeah, okay.) Become a gazillionaire in 90 days. (Hmmm... I don’t think so.) “Magic pills" do not exist and never will. Most problems require at [...]

I hate averages. I just hate them. There... I said it. Here’s why. Averages often lie. Let me illustrate my point with an example. Ten people live on the street. One person on the street earns $10 million a year. The other nine people on the street earn $0. On average (did I mention I [...]

Intelligence = the ability to learn from your mistakes. Wisdom = the ability to learn from other people’s mistakes. The fastest way to rise in your career is to be wise, not just intelligent. I’ve learned from hundreds of mistakes — only some of which were mistakes of my own. The key to wisdom is [...]

In planning your career, you’ll be faced with a key decision... who do you allow to be close enough to influence your career thinking? I call this deciding on your Circle of Influence. This is a profoundly strategic question. When you keep people outside of your circle, it means you’ve made a conscious choice not [...]

When you’re in school, students with the highest grades are seen as the high performers. However, something interesting happens when you get out into the workforce for a few years. You start to realize that high achievers quite often are not the smartest people in the room. For many people used to an academic environment, [...]

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