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June 1, 2000

7 Secrets for Success

Business expert Lynne Franks tells how to come out on top

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1. Use the Internet
The Web is an invaluable research tool, especially for job seekers and entrepreneurs. Visit monster.com, where more than 50,000 available jobs are listed and you can elicit career advice from experts. Go to kforce.com for tips about resume writing, interviewing and asking for a raise. If you're an entrepreneur, check out inc.com to learn about writing a business plan and finding financing.

2. Assess Your Attributes
Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Then ask people who know you well -- and who will be honest -- to modify it. Finally, think about how you can use each attribute for your benefit. For example, if you are always restless, consider finding a job that includes travel.

3. Overcome Your Fears
To reach your potential, it's critical that you conquer any fears you might have. Start by forcing yourself to tackle something unrelated to work, something that you've never dared to do. For example, I used to fear going to the movies by myself, but one day I just did it. After accomplishing this challenge, your old phobia will seem silly, like mine did, and you'll have more self-confidence. Use this to face your fears at the office, such as public speaking, one by one.

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