Harvey Mackay

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Mackay: Don't try to be a know-it-all; take advice from the masters

Napoleon Hill, one of my favorite authors, devoted 20 years of his life to studying what made people successful. His mentor, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, helped Hill by introducing him to some of the most successful people in business, including Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Schwab, George Eastman, John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Clarence Darrow and many others.

Updated: January 27, 2013, - 06:36 PM

Mackay: A business practice with no negatives: Positive thinking

One of life's great annoyances is the tendency of folks to ask you to perform an impossible task, list the issues they foresee and the problems that have plagued previous attempts -- and then admonish you to "think positive."

Updated: January 20, 2013, - 06:47 PM

You be the judge: How to make wise decisions

I have felt all my life that good judgment is a critically important skill for any person to have, but especially so for those in leadership positions. Good judgment is such an important attribute that it is often listed first by employers as required qualities of job applicants.

Updated: January 13, 2013, - 03:16 PM

Mackay: Creativity: How to get ideas flowing

An elderly man was harassed every afternoon by a group of kids on their way home from school. They'd ring his doorbell and run, or taunt him while he was working in his garden, or throw things at his house. He shouted at them, and thought about calling the police or talking to their parents, but then he had a better idea.

Updated: January 06, 2013, - 06:51 PM

This year, try to discover the value of your mind

This time of year, we often contemplate New Year's resolutions. What's at the top of the list for many people? Exercising and getting your body in shape. A noble thought, to be sure, but I have an even better idea. How about exercising your mind so you can get the most out of it?

Updated: December 30, 2012, - 02:04 PM

Mackay: Every company ought to have a Santa Claus attitude

Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Updated: December 23, 2012, - 06:49 PM

Readers seek and share more street-smart ideas for success

Sometimes the columns that get the biggest reactions are those that offer the simplest advice. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about street-smart ideas and was inundated with requests for more. A few readers shared their ideas, too. Because I truly believe in the importance of street smarts for success, I'm continuing the list.

Updated: December 16, 2012, - 04:05 PM

Mackay: Remembering a legend, and a friend: Zig Ziglar

When I was cutting my teeth in the sales game right after college, I made sure to read or listen to everything I could get my hands on from several sales and motivational legends -- Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar.

Updated: December 09, 2012, - 07:43 PM

See it, believe it: Success starts in the mind's eye

The old saying goes: "If you can dream it, you can do it."

Updated: December 02, 2012, - 04:00 PM

Mackay: These are lessons they don't teach you in school

Education is a steppingstone to success, but some of the most important lessons aren't taught in class. There are plenty of life lessons that we need to know, and the textbooks often do not have chapters on them. Here are some lessons you should learn in order to grow both in your career and in your personal life.

Updated: November 25, 2012, - 05:46 PM

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