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Tom Stafford describes a cure for this that we can apply to career clarity: Instead of asking, buspar overnight delivery "How much do I value this item?" we should ask "If I did not own this item, buspar overnight delivery how much would I pay to obtain it?" And the same goes for career opportunities. We shouldn't ask, buspar overnight delivery "How much do I value this opportunity?" but "If I did not have this opportunity, buspar overnight delivery how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?" If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the "undisciplined pursuit of more, buspar overnight delivery" then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just haphazardly saying no, buspar overnight delivery but purposefully, buspar overnight delivery deliberately, buspar overnight delivery and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. 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