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Money lessons from 5 summer movies

'Bad Teacher'
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'Bad Teacher'

Cameron Diaz's title character is the teacher you really hope your kids don't get for homeroom.

Out to raise some money for plastic surgery so she can ditch the teaching job she loathes, this woman makes life miserable for just about everyone who crosses her path.

Real-world money takeaway: Even if you hate your job, give it your best shot as you plan your next move.

Tell yourself "one, I have to make a living," says Martin Yate, author of "Knock 'em Dead: Secrets and Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World." "Two, it's important that I enjoy it and do something I like. And three, it's important for me to pursue my dreams."

You might not get all of those items in one place, he says.

There's also something to be said for a change in attitude. When you give the current job your best, you're more likely to get access to your profession's "inner circle" and access to raises, promotions and job security, Yate says.

At the same time, constantly looking for a better opportunity -- and networking -- is a skill that will help you find happiness and success, he says.


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