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MCLEOD: Five friends nobody needs and how to manage them

Life is too short to have — or to be — a bad friend. If you see yourself in any of these, it’s not too late to change. And if these remind you of someone you know, you might want to consider an intervention.

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MCLEOD: 7 books that changed my life

It wasn't until my early 20s that I turned to reading as a form of personal development. Prior to that, non-fiction was something that teachers assigned, grindingly boring tomes that you read only because you had to, and you forgot right after the test. Then I read "The Road Less Traveled" and everything changed. For the first time I realized that books aren't always about other people, sometimes they're about me.

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MCLEOD: What are the 10 best days of your life?

Here's the thing about those 10 best days, they're even more fun if you stay fully present while you're experiencing them.

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MCLEOD: How shared purpose can keep arguments from becoming personal

Next time you find yourself on the other side of a "He just doesn't get it" debate, try reframing the conversation in the context of a larger purpose. You'll be amazed at how quickly people respond when they understand that you both want the same things.

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MCLEOD: What is your body saying about you?

If you think the right thoughts, your body will act accordingly.

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MCLEOD: The mistakes most people make when choosing a career

Before you choose a career you've got to know yourself. There's a personality test for it that I wish more people would use.

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MCLEOD: Why profit should not be the primary purpose of business

Many people believe that the sole purpose of business is to make money. They’re wrong.

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MCLEOD: Why comparing yourself to other people is a good thing

Your mom might have told you otherwise, but comparing yourself to others is OK. It helps show you what's possible and can make you competitive in a good way.

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MCLEOD: Why procrastination is good for you

Don't take it as a sign that you can put off reading this column until tomorrow, but there are five ways that you can make procrastination work for you.

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MCLEOD: How to get people to buy into your ideas

Use my three-step technique of context, framing and content.

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MCLEOD: Are you an additive person or a subtractive one?

Additive people like their own ideas, but are open to others.

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