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    How I Organized my Gmail Account with Almost No Effort

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    If you are like me, you have a Gmail account and never delete anything until you start running out of space and then delete the biggest files that you don’t need.  This seems like a very bad system to use (it is) but it is super convenient for the “me” who doesn’t care about...

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    Father and Son Get Lucky

    Get Lucky Even Though Your Parents Were Wrong

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    There is a point, or should be a point in everyone’s lives when you realize that the mighty and all knowing Wizards of Oz (read “your parents”) don’t know everything.  As a kid, you look up to your parents as the smartest people in the world, mostly because you don’t know too many people and they...

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    4 Reasons to Stay Ignorant

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    When I was growing up, I used to love the song “Oh La La” because of the lyrics “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger”.  At every stage of growing up, I used to think, “if I only knew this a few years ago…”.  If you think about...

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    Get Lucky by Quitting

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    Be a Quitter
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    I had a friend in high school who was  proud of himself because every time someone told him that he should quit smoking, he told then that he wasn’t a quitter.  We all grow up learning that quitting is a bad thing and that you should stick things through.  If you think about it,...

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    Being a College Dropout can be a Great Thing

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    I just wrote an article on Temphunt’s Blog where I threw out a thought about where formal education is going.  I mentioned that in the 1950’s, parents (and others) gave kids the advice to “go to school and get a degree so that you can get a good job”.  In the 1970’s parents started...

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    Give Someone a Compliment when you Stub your Toe

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    What’s your first reaction when you stub your toe? Do you yell? Do you scream? Do you blame someone? Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University wrote a whole chapter on “long term effects of short term emotions in his latest book The Upside of Irrationality (affiliate link). The...

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    Todo Lists are where Ideas and Inspiration go to Die

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    Do you every have a great idea that you’d love to implement? Do you ever get inspired to do something? Anything? Clean your desk, write a blog post, organize your files? And then, instead of just doing it, you add it to your “todo” list and watch it clutter up your list of things...

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    Get Lucky with Negotiations

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    Get Lucky Negotiating
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    Negotiations can seem really scary because most people going into a negotiation feel that they are the underdog.  The other person has the product and they can hold back for as long as they like.  The first step to successful negotiations is knowing that it’s not true! They Want it as Badly as You...

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    Get Lucky by Playing the Matching Game

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    You look at your watch and with great excitement you notice that it is 5:oo PM and time to leave the office to head home to relax for the night.  You’ve got a whole bunch of new shows and movies waiting to be watched as you eat your dinner and down a few beers....

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    Don’t Let Your Friends and the Media Luck Block You!

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    Getting lucky is often about getting out of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to new and different opportunities.  You can get lucky by listening to different people’s points of view and then looking at the situation from their perspective.  You can also get lucky by putting yourself in situations and locations that...

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    They’re All Going to Laugh at You!

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    They say that the world can be broken up into two types of people, “talkers” and “doers”.  In the online world, there are the talkers and the people who are too afraid to talk.  Everyone has something to say.  I’m almost positive that not a day goes by that you don’t have something to...

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    Never Turn on your Computer Again Without an Agenda

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    When you sit down and turn on your computer, do you know exactly what you are about to do or are you just turning on your computer because it is something to do? I constantly find myself sitting down at my computer without a clear agenda and goal in mind only to end up...

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