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Investing With Purpose by Mark Aardsma

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7 >   Build Yourself and Your Network

As my businesses grew, cracks started showing up in me.

I sat on the curb outside my business, watching the ambulance pull away. My heart was still beating fast. We had to call 911 to deal with a medical and/or psychological emergency in an employee whose life and health were in chaos. It wasn’t caused by work, but it sure affected work. That was way more drama than I wanted for one day, or any day. I felt so stupid. That employee was the worst hire I’d ever made, and I knew it. Why didn’t I listen to my own better judgment in the interview process? By making bad hires like that I hurt my businesses financially, and I added stress all around me.

On another day I walked back to my office feeling rattled and ...

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