Five Keys to Successfully Working from Home

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At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:

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Are You Hauling Rocks or Building a Better World?

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Years ago in Communist Russia, a visitor happened upon a group of workers with a sledgehammer clearing a field.  It was tough work, hauling huge rocks, shoveling, and moving stones by hand. But the visitor noticed they were all singing as they worked.  He asked one of the workers – “How can you sing while hauling rocks?”  Without hesitation the worker replied: “Oh, we’re not 

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How To Overcome The Five Greatest Fears

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What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a problem for everyone. David Sanford has written that the five greatest fears of professional people are:

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How to Deal With the Whiners On Your Team

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Most creative teams are going to have at least one member who’s a whiner. Whiner’s focus on the negative, and thrive on complaining – often about the most insignificant things you can imagine. According to the Wall Street Journal, research indicates that productivity can be damaged by working alongside a chronic complainer. Exposure to non-stop negativity can disrupt learning, memory, attention, and judgement. The problem is more widespread than you think, because

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Who You Spend Time With Will Determine Your Future

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Since we were kids our parents warned us about hanging out with the wrong people, and as adults, we look back and realize they were exactly right. The truth is, the people you run with are the people who will inspire, educate, and motivate you. In short, they have a very big impact on your future. I was watching one of my “guilty pleasure” TV programs the other day:

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Want To See Change Happen Next Year? Here’s How to Keep Your Resolutions

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The greatest secret to making New Year’s resolution’s work is understanding the power of change. Want to lose weight? Get a better job? Go back to college? Find a spouse? Get closer to God? Whatever it is, understand that real change is one of the most difficult things we’ll ever do.  In fact, even the threat of death doesn’t make some people change.  In my book: “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I reveal one study indicating that within only two years, 90% of open heart surgery patients

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What to Do When People Don’t Recognize Your Talent or Potential

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If your goal is to make an impact in your career or calling, it won’t be long before you meet someone who doesn’t recognize (or even dismisses) your talent. Early in my career, I worked for a man who thought so many of my ideas were stupid that he fired me. But after I left, I used those same “stupid” ideas to help other organizations do amazing things. But sadly, my experience has been echoed throughout history. For instance:

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Why People Skills Trump Everything

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A leadership principle that I strongly believe is that “People skills are more important than whatever skill it takes to do your job.”  You may be a brilliant lion tamer, bus driver, coach, teacher, salesperson, or marketing director. But if you can’t get along with people on your team – and better yet, inspire them – the odds are you’ll never get far enough to

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