I just thought of this around 8:40 a.m.
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Do we live in a superficial world or is it all in your attitude? Confidence is key, and those with high self-esteem tend to earn more than those who question themselves. This infographic from the Brighton School of Business & Management explores the role of height, weight, make-up and attitude in professional success.
1. Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now.
2. The way you feel about people and situations will shift, and that’s OK.
3. There will always be more tough changes to make.
4. Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.
5. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
6. You were born with the ability to change someone’s life.
7. You can best serve yourself and others by giving yourself what YOU need.
8. Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life.
9. You are not alone in feeling weird and alone.
'The lens of economics distorts our judgment about the true worth of higher education.'
Education is not information transfer. The educated college graduate is not simply the same person who matriculated four years earlier with more information or new skills.
The educated graduate is a different person—one who has developed the innate human capacity for learning, to the point of controlling it.
The educated graduate is an independent learner, able to seek out answers to whatever questions arise, and able to direct his or her own learning in accordance with the challenges that life presents in the circumstances of his or her own life.
The maturation of the student—not information transfer—is the real purpose of colleges and universities.
"Years ago I worked on the shop floor of a manufacturing plant. I had worked my way through school at another plant so I definitely identified more with the hourly workers than the "suits." (Even though most of the guys referred to me as "college boy.")
One day the department manager stopped by. He asked about my background. He asked about my education. He asked about my career aspirations.
"I'd like to be a supervisor," I answered, "and then someday I'd like your job."
He smiled and said, "Good for you. I like a guy with dreams." Then he paused.
"But if that's what you really want," he said, looking me in the eyes, "first you need to start looking the part."
I knew what he was saying but decided to play dumb. "What do you mean?" I asked.
"Look around," he said. "How do supervisors dress? How does their hair look? How do they act? No one will think of you as supervisor material until they can actually see you as a supervisor -- and right now you look nothing like a supervisor."
He was right. I was wearing ratty jeans with a couple of holes. (Why wouldn't I? I worked around oil and grease all day.) I was wearing a cut-off t-shirt. (Why wouldn't I? It was the middle of the summer and the air wheezing through the overhead vents was far from conditioned.) And my hair was pretty long, even for the day. (No excuse for that one, as is obvious from the photo above.)
"But shouldn't how well I do my job matter more than how I look?" I asked.
"In a perfect world your performance is all that would matter," he said. "But we don't live in a perfect world. Take my advice: if you want to be promoted into a certain position... make sure you look like the people in that position."
I've thought about that conversation a lot over the years."
1. They don't define success in a monetary term.
2. They don't start their days without plans.
3. They don't define "perfection" as their end goal.
4. They don't surround themselves with negative people.
5. They don't perceive difficulties as problems.
6. They don't let failure bring them down.
7. They don't let problems bring them down.
8. They don't let other people's judgments affect their self-esteem.
9. They don't make excuses.
10. They don't envy other people's success.
11. They don't ignore those they love.
12. They don't forget to have fun.
13. They don't overlook their health.
14. They don't set vague life goals.
15. They don't just talk the talk. They walk the walk.
16. They don't let themselves become victims.
17. They don't get stuck in the past.
18. They don't resist change.
19. They don't ever stop learning.
20. They don't end their days without feeling thankful.
Process Improvement: This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent
"...what this Olympic coach did to get his team to make one percent improvements each day."
Karen Bowden's insight:
"...as time goes on, these small improvements or declines compound and you suddenly find a very big gap between people who make slightly better decisions on a daily basis and those who don’t. This is why small choices don’t make much of a difference at the time, but add up over the long-term."
Get motivated, and get that brand new job.
1. Leave work [or school] but don't go home. Head to a quiet place for a few hours. Consider it your job search office.
2. Find a job-searching friend. Plan to meet up after work and craft your cover letters together.
3. Just do one little thing. Set one goal that feels small and doable.
4. Set weekly goals (and block your time). But don’t schedule something every night.
5. Only apply for the stuff you're really pumped about. Maybe your time would be better spent finding something that looks great or meeting up with a cool person who works in your industry.
"I never had any sort of official training in the detailed workings of computers or how to troubleshoot them, I just learned by doing. If I didn’t know how to do something, I’d search for an answer! I never thought about this, or my inquisitive nature that I used to troubleshoot every issue imaginable.
One day I was helping a teacher create a school newsletter back in the day of Microsoft Publisher (does it still exist)? She was having trouble figuring out how to align a certain group of text on the screen.
Rather than exploring, trying, then searching, teachers defaulted to asking me for help. This created great job security for me, but I do believe there’s a better way."
When you give unsolicited advice to a [someone] who doesn't want it, you're telling them that they're stupid. When you give a solution to a partner who doesn't want that you're not telling them they have a problem to be solved, you're telling them that they are a problem in your life.