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Five Questions You Need to Ask Before You Give Your Boss the Bird

Have you ever thought about flipping your boss the bird, and doing your own thing? I’m sure you have. A survey released last week by the NAB found that one in three Aussies want to be their own boss. The urge to bird is even stronger for young people —...

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How to Score a $1.6 Million Pay Rise

Let me share with you an actual email I received from a former employee a few years ago: Hey Boss, I know I haven’t exactly lived up to expectations since I started, but in my contract there’s a clause that says I’m entitled to ask for a payrise each year....

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Parachute A Comfortble Landing

Like a high school nerd trying to score a date to the dance, being rejected 150 times is God’s way of telling you that you need a new plan.

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Pie In the Sky

A few years ago, just after Peter got married, he decided that if he was ever going to get ahead, he needed to “have a crack” at being his own boss. Today he works 18 hours a day, darting from one store to the other trying to keep things afloat. He’s tired, stressed and fearful about the future for his wife and newborn son.

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The financial advice I give AFL footballers (and why most of them hate it)

Given it’s the business end of the footy season, today I’m going to walk you through the financial advice I give to AFL players. It’s a little different from what they normally get. After all, experience has taught me that there’s no point in kissing their Sherrins -- god knows they have enough people doing that already.

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Ten Reasons They Didn’t Call You Back

The quickest way to radically boost your wealth is by getting a better paid job. Problem is most people spend more time browsing on Seek than they do working out how to stand out from the pack. So, let’s take a look at the very first stage of landing that...

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Highly Employable Robots: Rethinking the Future

This week, just for kicks, I’ve turned over the writing of this column to the robot R2-D2. There are a couple of reasons for this: first, because I’m bone lazy (and my writing has in the past been unkindly referred to as ‘robotic’). And second, because I’m attempting to stay...

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The Five Biggest Regrets of Dying People

I’ve teared up twice since we lost our family home in the bushfires three months ago. The first was when I was reunited with my wife and son — but really, they were tears of relief. (In our makeshift rented home we have a sign that says “home is wherever I am...

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Adjusting To A Brave New World….

Driven by Fear The ongoing asylum seeker issue and Ford’s decision to sack 440 workers have been the two major stories in the media last week. Both matters are highly political – and at their core both are driven by fear. In the case of the Ford workers it’s a...

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An email that I received (I liked it so much that I hired him)

I haven’t spoken to the bitch in almost three years. I’m talking about my mother – but I’m already getting ahead of myself. Let me explain. See the term ‘poor’ has no bearing on a kid. You see the signs, live them, hear the grievances of your struggling single mother,...

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An Amazonian Impact on the Retail Sector

According to reports in the press this week, Amazon is looking to set up shop in Australia – or, more accurately, to build a huge warehouse distribution center here. The impacts here will be big...