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7 Things You Must Learn In College That College Won't Teach You

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Some things are teachable; others have to be learned. Today, we’ll discuss things you have to learn on your own. Hopefully, you’ll do it while you’re still in college! If you’re already out, check this list to see how you’re doing!

#1 – Learn how YOU learn.
Do you learn best by reading? Listening? Watching? Or some combination? You’ll save a lot of time, money, and frustration later if you learn this now.

#2 – Learn HOW to think.
Most students focus on WHAT to think. Get a well-rounded education so you can cut to the essence of any issue. You fully understand a topic when you can debate both sides of an argument equally well.

#3 – Learn self-discipline.
Know how to set goals and schedule yourself to achieve them. Stick to the schedule you’ve set so you can focus on your priorities and balance work with fun.

#4 – Learn how to build YOUR brand.
You are the CEO of most important organization – YOU, Inc. For what will you be famous? What makes you unique? How will you let the world know?

The choices you make are critical. It’s good to be a member of an organization; it’s better to be a leader in it. Choose internships and summer jobs wisely because they reflect on your brand, too.

#5 – Learn how to communicate effectively.

It’s true – you learn a LITTLE bit about this in college. But how you communicate reflects on your brand. For example, if your written work is full of typographical errors and grammatical mistakes, the reader may assume that you’re sloppy or apathetic. Also understand that HOW you say something is just as important as WHAT you say.

#6 – Learn how to build your network.
Take every opportunity to reach out to people with common interests. It’s amazing how few students get to know their professors. They are great mentors even after you’re done with college!

It’s important to cultivate relationships. Take an interest in them. For your network to work when you desperately need it, you’ll need established relationships.

There are no six steps to Kevin Bacon when it comes to networking. You need to get one step removed from the person you need to contact. If you know me, and I know somebody, you have a good chance with that somebody.

#7 – Learn how to find your initial vision.
Your vision consists of your passion, your values, your competencies, and the environment you face. Here are some great resources to help you:

Your vision will probably change over time. However, developing the skills to discover it and work toward it are essential to your bigg success.

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Our bigg quote today comes from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said,

“The things taught in schools and colleges are
not an education, but the means to an education.”

Education is a life-long adventure to discover yourself and uncover your full potential.

As he moves on from the game he loves, superstar quarterback Brett Favre taught us a lesson on peak performance. We’ll discuss it in our next blog.

Brett’s moving on to the perfect job. One with two vacations a year … six months each!

Until next time, here’s to your bigg success! 

 

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Leaping From Place To Place: See The World While You Work

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Many people telecommute – they work at home, instead of driving to an office every day. Now a growing number realize that “home base” can be anywhere in the world with the right technology! Think of them as “extreme telecommuters”! How can you see the world while you work? Find out in the summary of this podcast episode.

On The Bigg Success Show today, we were honored to talk with Carmen Bolanos. She is an executive coach and the founder of NuNomad.com – the place for people who live and work remotely. Carmen travels with her family for several months each year, while working her coaching business. She also contributed to the book, Quit Dreaming and Go.

Here are some of the highlights from the show:

George: Obviously, some occupations work better than others. You’re an executive coach. What characteristics of coaching make it ideally suited for working remotely?

Carmen: A lot of coaches work by telephone already; that’s one of the reasons I got into coaching. The telephone makes us mobile. We meet with our clients by telephone and use the internet between calls. So we can work wherever we want, whenever we want.

Mary-Lynn: Have you ever been somewhere where the call wouldn’t go through or you couldn’t get online? How do you know before you go that your location will support your biz?

Carmen: The funny thing is every call I’ve lost has been in my home in Austin, Texas. You have to do your homework upfront. Find out what internet access you’ll have. What is the phone access? Be prepared before you leave to work with whatever you have available.

Mary-Lynn: So on your site, NuNomad.com, is there a place where you can do some research like that?

Carmen: Yes, we’re developing destination pages. I think we have eight right now for the most visited countries. We talk about internet access, phone company service, mobile phone service, and how to get SIM cards specific for the country you’re visiting.

George: What are some of the most popular destinations?

Carmen: It depends on what you’re trying to do. Some of the most popular destinations for travel are the traditional ones – France, Italy, and Spain. But if you want to lower your cost of living for the long haul, Asia and South America are good choices. Thailand is very popular.

George: In the States, we’re facing a recession and higher energy prices, which is putting a damper on travel in general. Has that had any effect on the NuNomad lifestyle?

Carmen: As prices go up, people are thinking twice about everything they do, including travel. They’re more careful about where they go. You can offset a lot of your costs by choosing a destination where the costs of living are low.

Live like a local person, instead of a tourist. If you’re a homeowner, look into home trading. If you’re not, look into house sitting opportunities. You can also stay in one destination longer as opposed to moving frequently.

Mary-Lynn: That’s just like home ownership here! So Carmen, how do I get started as a NuNomad?

Carmen:  The advice is like that for any business owner in any business.

First, you have to develop your business to the point of stability. You want to have a stable income, a stable cache of clients, and a good word-of-mouth referral system.

After that, look into how you break the chain – from your brick-and-mortar office to a mobile office. Move from a desktop to a laptop. Understand the technology available like Skype, and other technology that allows you to back-up and view your computer remotely.

The last thing is to start shedding your life of things that might keep you trapped. This includes things like clients who insist on meeting face-to-face, heavy debt, and pets that need a lot of care.

We hear there are more tips in the book, so check it out!

Our bigg quote today is by William Bolitho, who must have been thinking of his childhood and a little red wagon when he said this,

“Adventure must start with running away from home.”

So run away to your home office and see the world while you work!

On our next blog, we’ll talk about bridging the generation gap. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Return To Sender

Today’s title is inspired by all of the thousands of people who are returning Christmas presents. Who you choose to associate with is one of the most important choices you make. Each person has his or her own personality.

And with those personalities goes certain traits – things they may say or do. Some things they say or do will be helpful. Others are harmful so you should mentally say to yourself – “No thanks, return to sender.”

  • When someone discourages you from pursuing your dreams, ask yourself, “Are they qualified?” If the answer is no, then just say to yourself, “No thanks!”
  • Dream busters, often family and close friends, tell you why your dream won’t work. Their intentions are usually honorable, but you still want to beware. They may discourage because they would be afraid to do it themselves. Or maybe they’re worried that you’ll be more successful than them.

    You should accept critical advice from people who know – experts in your chosen area. People who’ve achieved what you’re trying to do.

  • When someone tries to make you unhappy because they’re unhappy, just say to yourself, “No thanks!”
  • Negative Neds or Nellies are complainers, not doers. They focus on problems, not solutions. It seems that they’re only happy when they’re unhappy. They are major downers – negative forces that hold you back.

    If you’re the “glass-is-half-full” type, there’s nothing wrong with getting opinions from a “half-empty” person. But make sure everyone you associate with is a problem-solver, not just a problem-finder. Problems are easy to find; what’s difficult is determining the right solutions.

  • When someone tries to waste your time with endless conversation that has no substances, just say to yourself “No thanks!”
  • Energy zappers don’t respect your time. They go on and on and on and on … oops, sorry, just making the point! They take and take and take and take … okay, you’ve got the idea now! They will suck you dry and then move on. Let them!

    You want to associate with people who lift you up. Who inspire you. People like you. They’re going somewhere. They’ve done something with their lives.

Our quote today is by the Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes.

“Tell me what company you keep and I’ll tell you what you are.”

Or as the old saying goes … you won’t fly with eagles if you hang out with turkeys!

Next time, we’ll talk about how to be a goal-getter, not just a goal-setter. Great advice for making, and keeping, your New Year’s resolutions from Ben Franklin.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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