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The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals About How to Choose a Career, Find a Great Job, Do a Great Job, Be a Leader, Start a Business, Manage Your Money, Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy LifeThe Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals About How to Choose a Career, Find a Great Job, Do a Great Job, Be a Leader, Start a Business, Manage Your Money, Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy Life
by Ben Carpenter

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In addition to being a captivating story, with lessons learned from one’s man life and career, The Bigs gives you all the real world secrets and tools you need to survive, thrive, and have fun in the big leagues of life.


Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That MatterLeadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter
by Robert Bruce Shaw

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The book examines the most common types of blindspots and provides worksheets and tools to help individuals at all levels of a company avoid being blindsided by weaknesses and threats that they don’t see or understand. Includes case studies examining how blindspots operate, using examples from top firms.


The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of CapitalismThe Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
by Jeremy Rifkin

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In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.


POWER: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History POWER: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History
by Sarah Morgans and Bill Thorness

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POWER is a compelling study of an intelligent, polite, market-research wonk who unblinkingly spoke truth to power, and ended up making customer satisfaction a watchword not just in automotive but in all manufacturing and service industries.


The Investor's Paradox: The Power of Simplicity in a World of Overwhelming ChoiceThe Investor's Paradox: The Power of Simplicity in a World of Overwhelming Choice
by Brian Portnoy

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The Investor's Paradox fills a wide void in the literature for those seeking the right path forward, one that is neither overly technical nor oversimplified. Finding simplicity in a complex world isn't necessarily easy, but the payoff is enormous.


The Safe Investor: How to Make Your Money Grow in a Volatile Global Economy The Safe Investor: How to Make Your Money Grow in a Volatile Global Economy
by Tim McCarthy

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Expert investor Timothy McCarthy helps guide the reader along a straightforward path to investment success by telling engaging and actual stories to illustrate each of his seven lessons of successful investing.


The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur's Unexpected EdgeThe Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur's Unexpected Edge
by Tom Panaggio

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The book is designed as a guide for those who are contemplating an entrepreneurial pursuit, are already engaged in building a business, or are currently working for someone else and want to inject their entrepreneurial ideas and attitude.


The Critical First Years of Your Professional LifeThe Critical First Years of Your Professional Life
by Robert L. Dilenschneider

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The first years of your professional life are critical to long-term success in any field. The skills you acquire, the contacts you make, and the lessons you learn will help you remain involved, adaptable, and always ahead of the curve. Now a seasoned veteran of the workplace shares his insights, tips, and experiences in a thoroughly updated edition of a career-planning classic.


The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Solider to Succeed and Lead in LifeThe Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Solider to Succeed and Lead in Life
by Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate

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Ex-Navy Commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience and uncanny intuition. A practical guide for businesspeople or anyone who wants to be an elite operator in life,


The AMA Handbook of Public RelationsThe AMA Handbook of Public Relations
by Robert L. Dilenschneider

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In The AMA Handbook of Public Relations, PR icon Robert L. Dilenschneider shows you how to combine the tools and techniques spawned by the Internet with traditional media—and exploit them all to create consistently powerful campaigns.


The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows that You Don'tThe Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows that You Don't
by Bill McBean

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Written by a successful businessman with four decades of ownership experience, and packed with valuable advice, The Facts of Business Life presents every business owner - whether he or she is starting, building, maintaining, or exiting a business - with the key facts that, applied together, can ensure a strong and lasting enterprise.