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August 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Today is a big day for me. Later in the afternoon, I will be saying “I do” to a very special woman. Yes, that’s right, I’m getting married.

This past week has really given me an opportunity to think about my life events; the ones that have already occurred and the ones that are yet to come. So what I’d like to do is share with you some of my past life events:

  • First day of Kindergarten.
  • First kiss.
  • First day of Middle School.
  • Making the basketball team.
  • Winning the 15-Year-Old All Star State Championship.
  • First day of high school.
  • Making the baseball team.
  • First paycheck.
  • First car.
  • Going undefeated in league play during my senior year baseball season.
  • High school graduation.
  • Acceptance into the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • First internship.
  • College graduation.
  • First “real job”.
  • Acceptance into the MBA program at UNR.
  • Buying our first house.
As well as past life events, we all have future life events that we all get to look forward to, like:
  • Getting married.
  • First promotion.
  • Having children.
  • Retirement.
I know my list is short and I left it that way for a reason. I want you to share any others that you’re looking forward to in your future in the comments section below!
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Book Smart vs. Street Smart

Ask yourself this question: am I smart?  Did you answer yes?  It’s okay if you didn’t.  Surprisingly, many people will actually say no.  Without something to compare your smartness to, it’s kind of hard to judge right?.  If you did say yes, how smart do you think you are?  How did you learn to be smart?  What kind of smart are you?  That last question is what I’m going to be talking about today: book smarts vs. street smarts.

Book Smart

According to the Urban Dictionary, having book smarts is the ability to succeed scholastically, but not necessarily in the real world.  Book smart people are usually great at reading a chapter out of a textbook and passing a multiple choice test.  Unfortunately, when placed in a real life situation, they forget everything they read and fail.

Street Smart

Again, according to the Urban Dictionary, a street smart person is one who has a lot of common sense and knows what’s going on in the world.  The stereotype of a street smart person is someone who is intelligent and knows how to handle important situations in the real world, but is not as well-educated academically.

So for those of you who answered no to the very first question in this post, help yourself decide if you are a book smart kind of person or a street smart kind of person.  If you think you’re a book smart person, you may want to consider trying to be more street smart (common sense).  See what you can learn from just paying attention to what’s going on in the world.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that book smarts are bad though.  You want to have a little of both.  If you think you’re more street smart, maybe you should consider going back to school.  Remember, you want to be well educated, but you also want to be able to translate that education into real world success, because life isn’t full of Scantron tests.

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Urban Dictionary: book smart

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6 Things You Should Do When You Have Nothing To Do

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the 6 things you shouldn’t do when you have nothing to do.  Now that we all know what we shouldn’t do when we have nothing to do at work, let’s talk about what you should do!  Remember, one of the keys to being successful is to stand out.  When business is slow, and everyone else is relaxing and enjoying the free time, it presents an excellent opportunity to stand out among your coworkers.  Here’s what you should do when you have nothing to do:

1. Ask a coworker if you can help them out.

Let’s say you’re a financial analyst.  Ask your fellow financial analysts if they need help catching up on some work.

2. Ask your boss if you can help them out.

If none of your coworkers need help, be the first person to ask if you can help your boss.  It may be a great opportunity to learn some of the things you might be doing in the near future.

3. Ask someone from another department if you can help them out.

If your boss has nothing for you to do, don’t do nothing!  Talking to people in other departments who might be busier than you and see if you can help with their work.  Remember, Professional Diversification is all about having a wide variety of skills.  This is a great opportunity to show everyone you can do more than what you do now.

4. Work on a special project.

If none of the above work out, start your own special project.  Work on something that you know will be beneficial to the company and then present it to your boss and other managers.

5. Clean up.

If nobody else needs help and you’re having trouble finding a special project, simply clean up.  Clean your desk, clean your work area, clean your whole office!

6. Stay even when your boss says you can leave.

If you’re boss says you can leave, don’t do it.  Sometimes it’s a test to see how committed you are.  Other times it’s not a test, but given the opportunity to stand out, I advise you stay and find something to do.

So next time your sitting at your desk wondering what the heck you’re going to do for the next 4 hours, remember what I’ve talked about in the last two posts and get yourself noticed.  If you have any others that you’d like to suggest, please share your thoughts below.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Once More, and Then Try Something Else

July 15, 2011 1 comment

I recently wrote a post called How to Succeed in Life with the Help of Peter Drucker.  In the article that I read that gave me the inspiration to write that post, I learned a lot about Peter Drucker, someone I’d never heard of before.  Peter Drucker was an advocate of not wasting time on tasks that aren’t going to help you out in life.  Most people are familiar with the statement, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Well Drucker disagreed with this statement.  Instead, he advised, “If at first you don’t succeed, try once more, and then try something else.”  For example, Drucker wrote two novels in his lifetime.  Neither books were a success, so he gave it up and never wrote fiction again.

I have a couple examples of my own of times that I tried once, tried one more time, and then stopped wasting my time trying to succeed. The first example has to do with wakeboarding. A couple years ago, I went out on a friends boat to go wakeboarding. I’d never wakeboarded before, but I thought “How hard could it be?” I used to skateboard when I was younger and I do a lot of snowboarding now. It can’t be that much different. Well, let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks. With that being said, I never got up that day, but instead was dragged behind a boat all day. A couple weeks later I went out with my family on my cousin’s boat. It was a wakeboard boat, so of course we all had to try wakeboarding. I was skeptical, obviously, since last time I failed miserably, but I gave it one more try. Again, I could not get up. My cousin and uncle tried teaching me some techniques, but nothing helped. After that, I gave it up. I haven’t wakeboarded since then. I figured I’d rather not waste my time (and energy) trying to do something that just wasn’t working.

My second example has to do with me playing baseball in high school and how I got where I am today, but I encourage you to watch the video to hear me talk about that. After you watch the video, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.  This is my first video blog, so I’d love to hear your feedback.