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What Would You Say to Someone who "Misplaced" Three Months' Pay?


by Glenn Shepard

March 31, 2015

Category:  Personal Excellence





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Dear Glenn,


    Our organization does background checks on job applicants. If an applicant was not convicted of an offence but it was Nolle Prosequi, is it OK to take the offence into consideration when deciding on whether or not to offer a job to the applicant?


John in Poughkeepsie, NY



Dear John,


       That's a legal question you should ask your attorney. As a very general rule of thumb, however, most companies will not tell applicants why they weren't hired. If asked, the generic response is usually something like "We hired the person who we believed to be the best fit for the job".

      In most cases, you have no obligation to tell applicants why they weren't hired, and it's usually in your best interest to say as little as possible.


Glenn in Nashville, TN


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You have over 10,000 minutes in every week of your life.


My promise to you is normally that the 2 minutes it takes you to read this column will be the most productive 2 minutes of your week.


But today's column may be the most productive 2 minutes of your entire year.


As of today, 1/4 of 2015 is gone.


Listen closely and you'll hear people say "I can't believe 1/4 of the year is gone. I don't know where it went".


While that sounds innocuous, it translates into "I'm an irresponsible loser".


Because time is money, not knowing where 3 months of your life went isn't much better than not knowing where 3 months' income went.


The late, great Dr. Thomas Stanley spent his life studying the habits of self-made millionaires, and published his findings in books including  "The Millionaire Next Door" and "Stop Acting Rich and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire".


One of the most common habits he found is that self-made millionaires are dogmatic, almost to the point of being obsessive, about time management.


When I first read this in the nineties, I began to jealously guard my time to the point that a friend asked if I had joined a cult.


I even had a sign that read:


"There are only two good reasons to be late for a meeting with me. One.  you’re dead. Two, you want to be."


The current joke is that the only person who’ll ever get a meeting with me in my office is the coroner who’s carting out my dead body. I don't do meetings because 99% of them are a waste of time.


As I became more defensive of my time, I noticed an interesting trend . The better I got at time management, the more my income increased.


I became diligent about keeping a daily journal and began keeping an annual summary called "Year In Review" about 15 years ago. That year, my income doubled. Then it doubled again the next year, and again the next.


Realizing how strong the correlation between income and time is (particularly for self employed people), I began looking for areas I needed to tighten the belt on.


One was how much time I spend trying to help other people. I believe we're  obligated to help those who want to help themselves but can't,  not those who can but won't.


Over the years, I've coached hundreds of job seekers, and even more speakers trying to get their speaking careers going.


I found that I was often working harder to help these people than they were working to help themselves, Now when I agree to help people in need, the first condition is that the minute they don't do what they say they're going to, I won't waste my time trying to help them - ever again.


If you didn't accomplish everything you wanted to in the first quarter of 2015, you're not a loser. You're normal.


No one got as much accomplished in the past three months as they would have hoped for on January 1st..


The difference between the winners and losers is that losers are the ones who honestly don't know how they spent the last three months.


Winners can tell you how they spent each day, and why. It's not all about work. It's just about spending each day intentionally, with purpose, on purpose. This is why I implore everyone to keep some sort of a personal journal to look back on.


Here are a few excerpts from my journal for 2015:


2/18/15, New Orleans, LA: Had red beans and rice for lunch. Man I love this stuff. I must have been Cajun in another life.


2/22/15, Nassau, Bahamas: Met Don Felder of the Eagles and had him autograph a $100 bill. Just seemed appropriate for the man who wrote Hotel California.


2/27/15, Paducah, KY: Turned over 130,00 miles on Honda today and oil pressure switch went out. First time it's ever had an issue. No wonder Honda is winning.


3/5/15, Houston, TX: Management seminar at Humble Civic Center today. Found  love note from my beautiful bride in my suitcase. Unfortunately,  ice storm hit Nashville and flights are being cancelled. Not sure when I'll make it home.



Your journal doesn't have to extensive to be helpful. Just creating the habit of documenting where your time went will feel like you just added days to your months and months to your life.


You still may not accomplish everything you'd like, but at least you'll know where your time went.



To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard



P.S.  As I have in several previous columns, I highly recommend using the app and website called Evernote. It costs nothing but is incredibly powerful.



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