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Learning These 9 Tough Skills Will Immediately Improve Your Entire Life
These essential skills are never taught in school, but they will pay dividends for your entire life. "Anyone who stops learning is old whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays strong." - Henry Ford We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our jobs during the busy workweek.

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9 Skills That Will Immediately Improve Your Life

  • Thinking of your time as money
  • Scheduling your energy
  • Networking
  • Getting started early
  • Planning everything in advance
  • Setting short goals
  • Medita...

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Without learning to manage your time, you let urgent tasks and other people control how you spend your life.

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“Remember, people do business with people they know, like, and trust.” - Susan Solovic

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