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The Many Attitudes of Life

Let's look at five life attitudes. First is self-esteem. That's the way you feel about yourself. That feeling of your own worth influences every facet of your life. The quickest, most sensible way to feel good about yourself without going on an "ego trip" is to do something you are proud of.

The second attitude is love, which is your attitude ...Read more

Increasing Productivity

Job training in America is multibillion-dollar industry. Everyone is interested in cutting costs and increasing productivity. Years ago, the famous Hawthorne Study was conducted in New Orleans, Louisiana. The objective was to increase productivity. By turning the factory lights brighter, productivity increased. Later, by turning down the lights,...Read more

Good Boss/Bad Boss -- Your Choice

The first thing to remember if you are going to "get along" with the boSss is to never forget, according to behavioral psychologists, that he or she is your boss. It is your job to make the boss' job easier and to do the work the way the boss wants it done. You're there to remove obstacles for the boss, not be the obstacle. Because promotions ...Read more

Humor Is Funny If ...

One of my favorite anecdotes I repeat is the one about going to the recreation center to exercise and to lift weights. I point out that I had to cut down on the weight lifting because I was bulking up, and many people thought that I was taking steroids. As a general rule, that gets quite a good laugh, and at age 70, when I tell this story, it is...Read more

When the Other Person Drops the Ball

It's true that no one gets through the day or week, much less a lifetime, without someone with whom they live, work, play or have another association "dropping the ball." The mate might forget to pick up the dry cleaning on the way home. The executive assistant forgets to give you the important message. The airline loses your baggage. Your mate ...Read more

What Good Are Friends?

Everyone speaks of the need for friends and the role they can play in one's life, but an anonymous writer put it this way: "Friends in your life are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it's just enough to know they're standing by." Elisabeth Foley points out that friendship doubles ...Read more

Unsung Heroes

If you're an avid fan of golf, you might remember that John Daly won the British Open in 1995. What you might not know is that there were some "unsung heroes" involved -- Corey Pavin, Brad Faxon, Bob Estes, Mark Brooks and the caddy. The first four were tour players who had played in the tournament but did not make the playoffs. Constantino ...Read more

What Are You Waiting For?

Psychologist William Moulton Marsten surveyed 3,000 people and asked them, "What have you to live for?" Ninety-four percent were simply enduring the present and waiting for "something" to happen -- their children to grow up, next year, until they could afford a trip, someone to die. Most of them were waiting for tomorrow, forgetting that all one...Read more

It's Not What Happens To You

In 1985, one of the true symbols of success was a new, four-door Cadillac sedan. His success enabled Jim Winner Jr., to beam with pride at his new Cadillac with all the "extras" -- deluxe leather interior, state-of-the-art sound system and the top-of-the-line anti-theft system. He felt secure that this car would be with him for years. However, ...Read more

You Can Be Happy

The dictionary says that happiness is "the agreeable sensations that spring from the enjoyment of good; that state of being in which his desires are gratified." It's "the enjoyment of pleasure without pain."

My 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary says that "happy" is "the pleasurable sensations derived from the gratification of sensual appetites ...Read more

Personality

My dictionary tells me that personality is the "personal or individual quality that makes one person be different and act differently from another." Personality is "the total physical, intellectual and emotional structure of an individual, including abilities, interests and attitudes."

Personality is the sum total of all of our qualities. With ...Read more

How Good Were They?

Most of us make the comment, "Things are not what they used to be -- oh, for those "good ol' days"!

Question: How far do we want to go back? Quotable Business author Louis E. Boone lists "Eight Rules for Office Workers in 1872":

Office employees each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.

Each clerk ...Read more

Can You 'Unhurt' Someone?

I love the story of the little boy who had a bad temper. To solve the problem, his dad gave him a bag of nails and told the little boy that every time he lost his temper he had to go out and drive a nail into a fence post. Over a period of time, the youngster gained full control of his temper.

Then, the father instructed the lad to pull the ...Read more

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