I was at a gorgeous house. It had radiant heating, an indoor basketball court and swimming pool, wonderful view, and enough room for anyone’s desires. I loved it. The hosts were generous and kind. Then I decided to tally up the cost of owning a house like that. My estimate is $24,000 per month without [...]
The only thing worse than not reaching your goal, is reaching it.
The most common bad career goal
As a recruiter I talk to some people who are miserable that they reached their career goals. Of course I also talk to those who have reached their goals and are loving it, so they set [...]
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw)
I talked in depth with salespeople earning over $200,000 per year. I asked, “How did you get into the position where you won’t [...]
HR uses personality tests to protect their jobs when bad hires are made. Hiring managers use the tests to try and do less badly at reading personalities. If they would test themselves first, things would go better.
This article also shows why a two question test often works just as well as the hour long [...]
If you can get your boss to repeat what you say, there is still only a 50-50 chance he understood or thought about what he repeated. There is only a 10% chance he will remember it in a week. Harsh? No. Guys who get PhD’s in education will agree.
Have you ever felt like [...]
Nerds don’t just happen to dress informally. They do it too consistently. Consciously or not, they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity. (Paul Graham)
My partner changed the career of a man stuck in a job rut. He was looking for a job and no one would hire him. His current boss wouldn’t [...]
This is a short video about how to become a journalist, politician, salesperson, accountant, programmer, etc. It is a great real life example of how to become what you want to be.
Do you know how many engineers do NOT have a degree? I have a bunch of them in my database. Accountants, CFO’s, and [...]
A professional gem trader decided to visit the amateur rock show at his convention in Arizona a few years back. As he wandered around the rock show he stopped at the table of a rock hound who had some suspicious rocks. One rock was in a bin marked “$10″. When he picked it up and [...]
“Here’s Johnny!” Ed McMahon made millions saying that.
Before Jay Leno and David Letterman started doing late night TV there was the great Johnny Carson. Ed McMahon was his assistant.
Ed McMahon spent decades introducing, listening to Johnny Carson, and laughing at his jokes. His job was to make Carson look good. He made Carson [...]
A stupid person can make only certain, limited types of errors; the mistakes open to a clever fellow are far broader. But to the one who knows how smart he is compared to everyone else, the possibilities for true idiocy are boundless. (Steven Brust)
The smartest guy in the room
Frank was a legend. Phil [...]