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Catapult Your Career in 2011: 4 Steps to Take

After the near collapse of the financial system in 2008, the U.S. economy finally is turning a corner. This year, as businesses begin aggressively expanding and adding staff again, professionals will face two stark possibilities: They will either become high performers who capitalize on the unprecedented opportunities in their midst, or they will become the laggards, the almost-rans who just tread water and eventually get left behind.

The former group-whom I call the opportunity miners-will be landing lucrative jobs, starting great companies or so vastly improving upon what they already have that they will end up in orbit, if not exploring the solar system. As for the laggards, they will see their sparks of opportunity fizzle out before they can grab them, and their network of friends and advisors will similarly see their hopes dashed.

Want to ensure that you become an opportunity miner in 2011? Follow these four steps.

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