Harvey Mackay

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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

Mackay: By rewarding employees, companies reap rewards

According to various surveys, seven of eight people go home every night with a feeling that they work for an organization that doesn't care about them. That equates to 130 million people in the United States who go home feeling somewhat used and abused, and with a sense that they don't matter.

Updated: November 18, 2012, - 07:01 PM

MacKay: Some street smarts put you on the road to success

You learn how to be book smart in school, but you better not forget that you also need to be street-smart. There's an old saying about how the "A" students in school end up working for the "B" and "C" students in life. I've always been amused by that notion.

Updated: November 11, 2012, - 05:51 PM

Mackay: Who's important in the organization? Everyone

A sea captain and his chief engineer got into an argument about which one was more important to the ship. Finally, they decided to trade places for a day. After a few hours, the captain suddenly appeared on deck, covered with oil and soot.

Updated: November 04, 2012, - 11:00 PM

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