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Which is True?
1. Birds of a Feather Flock Together
2. Opposites Attract
by Glenn Shepard
April 26, 2016

Category:  Hiring



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Dear Glenn,

    Four of my 25 employees refused to sign a Waiver of Right to Sue Employer. What if anything can I do about this? Or should do?

- Brenda in Brenham, TX

Dear Brenda,

   I’m assuming you’re having them agree to binding arbitration in lieu of litigation. You’ll need to talk to a good labor law attorney to help you implement this correctly, but you can get some basic info at American Arbitration Association’s website at

     Thanks for your question.

- Glenn in Nashville, TN
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When it comes to romance, opposites may attract but rarely make good marriages.

Having differences isn’t bad because if two people were identical, one would be unnecessary. But having differences is a very different thing than being opposites.

Dr. Neil Clark Warren says “Opposites attract, but then attack”. This is why his company,, matches people based on commonalities. As a result, 438 people who met on eHarmony get married every day.

But this principle isn’t limited to marriage.

It’s important to carefully choose the people you surround yourself with in EVERY area of your life.

If you want to be skinny, don’t surround yourself with fat people (unless they’re working to lose weight). If you want to live a spiritual life, don’t surround yourself with people who have no values. If you want to be successful, don’t surround yourself with losers.

Success is contagious, which is why successful people surround themselves with other successful people.

Motivational speaker Mark Victor Hansen is co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold over 500,000,000 copies. He attended the New York church pastored by Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking. Today, Mark lives in California where one of his neighbors is Rick Warren, who wrote my all-time favorite book, The Purpose Driven Life. (It’s also the best-selling nonfiction hardback book in history).

Mark’s Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author Jack Canfield had a professor at Harvard named Ken Blanchard, who’s the co-author of The One Minute Manager.

Managers who’ve attended my seminars from California to New York and everywhere in between constantly tell me how they struggle to find enough good, high quality people to hire. A woman in Nebraska said they were so desperate that “If an applicant can fog a mirror and has a driver’s license, they’re hired”.

No matter how badly you need employees, resist the temptation to lower your standards too far. Even if you have 100 of the world’s greatest employees, just one negative person can infect the entire group.

In a recent experiment, university researchers taped flyers to bicycles parked in a well-kept shopping area. Approximately 33% threw the flyers on the ground. But when researchers painted graffiti on a nearby wall, that number more than doubled to a jaw dropping 69%.

Birds of a feather flock together, and most people are followers.


To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard


P.S. I was fortunate enough to be one of the many people Mark Victor Hanson paid it forward to. His generosity helped make my sixth book, How to Be the Employee Your Company Can’t Live Without, my first #1 best seller. I’ll never be able to repay the debt I owe him, but continue to pay it forward by helping aspiring writers and speakers. Success really is the most contagious affliction I’ve ever known.

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