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You know the type. It's the co-worker who seems like she's out to get you. Or maybe it's the family member who is just impossible to get along with. In figuring out how to deal with difficult people in your life, you need to make subtle changes to your thought patterns and incorporate a plan for action. While you can't completely eliminate all difficult people from your life, you can minimize the impact they have. By incorporating these tips, you can really improve your chances of having a good encounter with an otherwise difficult person.

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I recently received an e-mail from the motivational speaker and real estate investor Paul LeJoy. He's been wildly successful in real estate sales and has mentored and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs. In his e-mail, LeJoy identified eight pitfalls that lie at the heart of every pathway to success. His thoughts were so deep and insightful that I edited them and condensed them.

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Excel! 'Tis the season to be working on New Year's resolutions, right? Most people find it easy to set a New Year's resolution—yet the tough part is following through with what you pick. It's easy to set the bar high, but what if you only had one resolution to hit? Would it be easier to achieve?

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A question that I'm quite obsessed with asking successful entrepreneurs these days is: "Has your success been more about Serendipity or Strategy?" The responses have been fascinating. I'd estimate that 90 percent of the people I've asked have said that Serendipity was a bigger part of their initial success than Strategy.

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Voluntourism. That is a word that we have all heard tossed around in travel circles over the past few years. I never really understood why someone would sacrifice precious vacation days and spend money to go somewhere and volunteer.

Until I did it.

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