Friday, November 5, 2010

Follow Your Dreams or Pick a Practical Major?

I had a great time with the students at Georgia State University in this session (five of my own students showed up!!). I went over the lessons in this link:

Follow Your Dreams or Pick a Practical Major?

Sample Dream Jobs listed by student participants:
Own a non-profit to work with young girls; Math teacher; Self-employed chiropractor; Photographer; Musician; Marketing Exec for Nike; CEO of global corporation; Music supervisor; NFL general manager; Business lawyer; District Attorney; Restaurant owner

Lessons Discussed on How to Get There:
- Know the consequences of no regrets
– Figure out of you’re a structure person or someone who can self-motivate at any given time
– Figure out how to compensate for your weaknesses
– Are you a “Touch Wet paint” person?
– In stressful moments, lean on your strengths
– Do what you love but don’t jeopardize anyone you love. Including yourself.
– Never crush anyone’s dreams
– Find your light bulb moment by helping others
- Be willing to walk in anyone’s shoes
- Education and Preparation - the keys to creating options
– By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. When you’re finished changing, you’re finished (Ben Franklin)
– Learn at your own pace. You’ll get there eventually

My number one takeaway of the day:
The riskier your dream, the better your backup plan must be

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