I love business. Every day when I wake up, I switch on the TV to the business news channel, read through the Wall Street Journal, and scan the stories on Business Insider. I’m always trying to learn what business leaders think and how businesses achieve success—a mindset I’d like you to be able to adopt.

Many of you may be newer to the corporate world and find it a fascinating place to work. Based on my own experience and from what I learn in my research, challenges abound. You may be asked to work on projects that don’t make sense or may witness business politics that just doesn’t seem productive or logical. Business people who work in mid- to large-sized companies are often admonished by their bosses to deal with these issues, ...

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