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Three Things I Learned from Walking into a Pole While Staring at a Girl

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Her name was Consuela. She was blonde, Hispanic and hot. It was my first week of my freshman year of college, and I was fully committed to the process of reinventing myself. I would be a dork no longer. Instead, I'd be cool. Confident. Sexy. And...

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How to Turn Ridicule Into Accomplishment

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 6:30 PM

When you want to accomplish something that you think is close to impossible, follow a program that others have used to succeed.

This thought came to me a few months ago at the dinner table. My wife, an accomplished and enthusiastic runner, had just signed up for her 12th marathon...

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3 Sex Tips I Learned From My Employers

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 1:19 PM

OK, so this is not a post about sex. But I read this cool article saying I had to spice up my headlines to get more readers.

I believe the ability to grab others attention is often undervalued. We don't succeed by paying attention to everything....

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The Only Career Resolutions You'll Ever Need

(2) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 11:02 AM


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There are thousands of different strategies to achieve a successful and fulfilling career. But there are two that matter more than any of the others. This year,commit to these resolutions and watch your...

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The Cost of Taking a Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 12:57 PM

I was recently in Aspen for a series of meetings. During that time, I struck up conversations with a handful of service professionals, all mid to late twenties (and ALL with impressive college degrees), at the hotel and various restaurants I visited.

I asked, "So,...

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Why is Tiger Woods in the Deep Rough

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 9:09 PM

"I am dragged along by a strange new force. Desire and reason are pulling in different directions. I see the right way and approve it, but follow the wrong." - Ovid

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Why is the irrational often more powerful than the rational?...

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BLACK 2010??

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 4:54 PM

Below is a clip of my interview last week on Fox Business News. The topic at a high level was about how retailers were going to approach Black Friday - would they simply look to their competitors and follow their lead? Who is doing well? Who is scrambling?

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The ASS and the Armpit

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 9:08 AM

Look closely at the following photo:
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If you noticed the buttock of the girl in the background, you are probably thinking:

Female: Rick, you pervert! Has this blog reached a new low (and was that even possible)?

Male: he he...BUTT...he he...email friends...he...

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So You Think YOU'RE Having A Bad Day at Work...

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 9:10 PM

More and more lately, people are reaching out to me with stories of difficulty and despair. Their boss is a screamer. Their work doesn't leverage their strengths or their passions. 10% are unemployed, and another 7% are working below their normal wage levels. There is frustration nearly everywhere you turn....

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Do You Have a "Cocktail Future?"

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 8:48 AM

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Nearly everyone I run into seems to be at a turning point in their life -with grand plans of living their passion, tapping into their ultimate potential at work and in life. And they are finally ready to make it happen!

At least, that...

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SKIRTED!! Women CEO's Pay Takes Disproportionate Hit

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 10:20 AM

Among all the players in the economic meltdown who were paraded passed us over the last year, there was one common characteristic: they were nearly all MEN.

Therefore, we might have expected that the MEN at the top would take a disproportionate hit in compensation due to the fallout....

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The Prevailing Trait Of The Perfect Mate

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 8:02 PM

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Recently, I discovered that I am the perfect husband. This has yet to be corroborated by my wife, but nonetheless, I am now in fact sure of it.

My perfection as a mate has evolutionary roots. Specifically, because I made a significant Leap...

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Here Come the Potentialists! (rewriting the definition of success)

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 5:46 PM

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According to a new survey by an Australian newspaper, the recession has given rise to a new breed of people, called "potentialists", who love to live life to the fullest and still want to continue with a lavish lifestyle, but one defined on their...

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What do Paris Hilton and Twitter Have in Common? win a signed copy of my new book!

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 1:37 PM

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What do Paris Hilton and Twitter have in common?

Runner Up Answers:
- The content stops at or before 140 characters.
- You never feel fresh no matter how often you refresh
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Correct Answer:
- They are...

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On Bread Molds and Breakthroughs

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 4:12 PM

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Among bread molds, Neurospora is a virtual citadel.

Neurospora crassa is a species of bread mold that is so averse to variation that whenever a large segment of DNA gets duplicated-a critical step in genetic evolution-it bombards the copy with what are known...

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Great to Good: How Promotions Can Derail a Career

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 11:13 AM

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Want to take your career from Great to Good? It's simple: get promoted...in the wrong direction.

It is fact of life - your work will change dramatically over time. A job is merely a set of activities that you are asked to...

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Management is Easier, But...

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 2:05 PM

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Management, in the short term, is easier than Leadership.

Management is about control. It is reaching your arms way out and grabbing onto as much as you can, and controlling it.

Leadership is about inspiring a whole bunch of things that are out...

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How to Tell if Your Good Idea is GREAT! (hint: are people interrupting you?)

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 3:45 PM

I recently had two separate conversations.

During the first, an old friend was telling me about his exciting new pursuit into social entrepreneurship. He was very enthusiastic, but was having trouble articulating exactly what he was planning to do. I would let him finish, and then ask questions, trying...

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Is Your Job Sucking the Life Out of You? (and what to do about it)

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 9:55 PM

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I love this little test of whether you are an introvert or an extrovert: When you go to a party and are around other people, do you gain energy or do you lose it? Extroverts gain it. They're magnetic. They suck up energy from...

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Why Some Ideas Take Flight, and Others Don't

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 5:44 PM

It is one of the most important and elusive questions of our time; How can I ensure that my idea catches on, and spreads?

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It turns out that all ideas are not created equal. Just as some species share traits that make them...

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