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The Case For Being Average

10:00 AM ET People often read what I have to say and then write asking for my advice. But even though I write about lots of things I am expert in only one thing: programming in a computer language called APL. I owe all my financial success and a good deal of personal ...

To Get a Job, Write Your Story Instead of a Resume

March 27, 2014 I am 61 years old and I have been doing paid work since I was 16. I’ve been a grocery clerk, camp counselor, film projectionist, sound man, light man, cameraman, freight loader, computer programmer, teacher, operations research analyst, manager, salesman, writer, consultant, and for the last 30 years I’ve been ...

If You Manage Your Time Terribly, You’ll Get More Done

February 3, 2014 I’ I'm terrible at doing what people tell me I should do, but I still get things done. I’m not sure why this is, but here is my best guess: I manage my desires more than my time. In high school, I never seemed to find time to do homework ...

How to Manage Your Inbox so You Don’t Miss a Life-Changing Opportunity

September 27, 2013 Many people hate their inbox, but I love mine. I get hundreds of emails each day. At least a few times a week, I get a request for help from a stranger, and these give me a thrill. Doing a little favor for someone is a great way to kickstart ...

How to Hire Good People Instead of Nice People

May 28, 2013 Usually, employers rapidly scan the resume of each job applicant looking for relevant education, skills, and work experience. They select 10 candidates for telephone calls, invite three in for interviews, and hire the one they like the best. This is a bad way to hire because at best it gets ...