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How You Could Be Sabotaging Your Kids' Chances of Success – and Not Even Know It


by Glenn Shepard
June 23, 2015
Category:  Careers & Success


Wichita Falls, TX June 24
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Dear Glenn,

     I have an employee with a habitual cough. I told her to go to the doctor and find out why.
      She has used every hour of sick time earned since she has been here. She has been diagnosed with bronchitis and a sinus infection in the past. I am a small office ands no one wants what she has. It is very hard on the other employees when one is out.
    I really do not know how she concentrates coughing like she does. I do think it affects her work.
   She tells me it is sinus problems. Please advise.

- Debbie in Kentucky

Dear Debbie,

    Check with your attorney for the legal side of your issue.
    The management side is that it's common for employers to require employees to see a doctor for an examination that is job related and consistent with a business necessity.
    A qualified doctor's medical diagnosis protects both employee and employer if there is a health issue that may be contagious, require accommodation under the ADA, or disqualify someone altogether from performing a certain job function.
    Thanks for your question.

- Glenn in Nashville, TN

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A friend of mine, who I’ll call “Steve”, just landed a $175,000 contract for 10 speeches with a large company.

I was happy for him because I know he darn well earned it.

But I also know that it takes the average American household over four years to make that much, and some people will resent him for it. And they’ll resent me for writing about it.

I feel sad for those people.

Because they’re not happy with where they are in their lives, they can’t be happy for people who are. Instead, they feel the highly destructive emotions of envy or jealousy, and often distrust high achievers who want to help them.

What they don’t know about Steve is that not only is he one of the hardest working people you could ever meet, he’s also one of the most generous. His motto is “Hire the best people and then overpay them”.

Now here’s the brutal truth that can give your children the leg up in life that you never had.

Answer honestly…

What was YOUR first thought when you read about Steve making $175k for two weeks’ work?

If it was along the lines of “Good for him! Tell me how he did it”, you are to be commended. Success leaves traces like a trail of bread crumbs. Smart people pick up the trail any time they can, and learn from it.

But if your first thought was negative - like suspicion, criticism, distrust, cynicism, envy, jealousy, resentfulness, or anything else - you’re sabotaging your future by distancing yourself further from the very people you should be getting closer to.

Even worse, you’re sabotaging your children’s future by setting an example they’ll follow.

You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control your thoughts.

How you think about those who are where you’d like to be greatly affects your chances of getting there.

To Your Success,

P.S. If you’d like to better equip your kids or grandkids for financial success, pay them $100 to read and give you a book report on “Rich Dad, Poor Dad - What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not” by Robert Kiyosaki.

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