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Life Events

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!

Want to Learn How to Become Successful? 5 Classes of Successful People you Need to be Friends With

7 habits of highly effective people successful success make more moneyIt pays to hang out with the rich folk, literally.  What’s the best way to learn what success is all about?  Hang out with those who’ve led successful careers themselves.  You’d be amazed how much you can learn from people who’ve encountered large amounts of success throughout their lives and professional careers.  Not only do you get to experience what it’s like to be wealthy, but you get to learn how they got there and hopefully gain some tips that will help you become successful.

When it comes to successful people, I’ve identified five classes.  Here’s how it works.  Those at the bottom can learn from the people above and those at the top can teach the people below them.  A guy like me falls below the entire list.  I’m young, but I’m not quite successful (yet!), which means I can learn from every person above me.  I will be able to relate the most to the young and successful type, but I will likely learn a lot more from the retired and successful type.  If you consider yourself to be middle-aged, but not quote successful, you would fall between the transitioning and middle-aged successful class.  While you may be older than the transitioning and successful person, you can still learn from them.  Why?  Because they’re successful, and you’re not.

1.  Retired and Successful (65+)

These are the people who’ve worked their butts off for most of their lives, made lots of money, and now are sitting back and enjoying the wealthy life.  They are wise and knowledgeable and have the most to learn from.

2.  Retiring and Successful (50-65)

These are the people who are approaching retirement in the next couple years.  They too have worked their butts off for most of their lives and now they’re on the home stretch.  They’re wisdom and knowledge may be more relevant, as they are slightly younger and are still active in the work force.

3.  Middle-Aged and Successful (35-50)

These are the people who’ve worked their way up the corporate ladder or “figured it out”.  (I use the term “figured it out” for those who’ve learned how to make money on their own, whether it’s starting a business or making smart investments, they’ve become successful outside the typical corporate environment.)  These guys know their stuff, but unfortunately they don’t have a lot of time take someone under their wing and show them the ropes.

4.  Transitioning and Successful (30-35)

These are the people in between the young and middle-aged successful class.  They usually have a mid-level management title and an indirect connection with the organization’s “higher ups.”  On a personal level, they’re usually “settling down,” getting married, having kids, selling the lifted truck to buy a more economical vehicle.  At this point, they usually have a very good blend of educational knowledge and experience, which makes them a very valuable connection.

5.  Young and Successful (20-30)

These are the people fresh out of college who have a more educational knowledge base.  They’re book smart; not necessarily experienced.  They know how things should be done; not necessarily how they are actually done.  These guys are successful because they did well in school, started working early, and have moved past the entry level position within an organization.  They’re bills are usually smaller than most, making their personal bottom line relatively larger than others.

Now that you know how to classify successful people, where do you rank in the mix?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The 6 Step Process to Become Successful by the Age of 25

April 29, 2011 6 comments

6 step process to become successful by the age of 25

You ever wonder how some people end up being so successful by the time they’re 25? Ever wonder why others don’t change after high school and end up in the same position at 25 as they were when they were 18? Well, I can’t speak for the latter, but I can share with you my personal path to success:

1. Leave High School in the Past

We all did things in high school that we probably regret, right? Leave those things in the past. They are done and over with and by the time you’re 25, nobody will remember the person you were in high school (I hope). In fact, by the time you’re 25, you will probably be friends with about 5% of the people you knew in high school and will probably keep in touch with only 15% of your fellow high schoolers.

2. Go To College

I can’t stress enough how important a college education is. Not only do you look more valuable on a resume when you’ve got a Bachelor’s degree, but you learn so much more in college that you wouldn’t learn otherwise; things like professionalism, communication skills, and time management. You also meet so many people that can help you throughout your college and professional career, like other students, professors, and other successful professionals.

3. Find your Special Someone

A significant other can be a huge support system during this time in your life. My Fiancé and I started dating the summer after I graduated high school and we’ve been together all through college. She’s kept me on the right track, and in fact, if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be on this track. She kept me away from all the parties and other distractions that are present during college and encouraged me to do my best in school.

4. Get an Internship before You Get the Job

If your college offers an internship course, take it! I don’t have to brag about the importance of an internship, because you already know that. Internships are the number one way to get a job when you graduate, but you have to take it seriously. This is your opportunity to show the employer what you’re capable of. Use the things you’ve learned in school to go above and beyond and show them what makes you remarkable.

5. Get a Master’s Degree

If you want to get a Master’s degree at some point, don’t wait to do it! Do yourself a favor and jump right into a Master’s program. You don’t want to wait until after you’re wrapped up in your job and have a family. The longer you wait, the harder it is to go back.

6. Get Noticed by the “Higher Ups”

I don’t mean get all “buddy, buddy” with your boss and his boss. Just make sure the great work you do gets noticed by the “higher ups.” The best way to do this, without being labeled as a brownnoser, is to simply do great work. Not just good work, great work. Great work gets noticed and you’ll be surprised how far your name will travel.

Now that I’ve shared with you my path to career success, it’s your turn to add your own opinions. Share your comments below!

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Potential Career #2: College Professor

April 20, 2011 2 comments

About a year ago, a friend of mine referred me to an interesting website called This website provides the salaries of all public employees in the state of Nevada. I apologize ahead of time to those of you who are public employees, but the information is public and I’m sure you are well aware of that. I can’t begin to tell you how many hours I spent searching for people I knew. Why is it so fascinating to know how much other people make? I don’t know, but that’s a topic for another discussion. I happened to notice that most of my college professors actually make a pretty good chunk of money every year. I started to wonder if being a college professor is something I might want to do later on in life. Obviously, right now is not a great time to be a college professor at UNR and probably isn’t a good time anywhere else, but it may be a good idea later on down the road.

So, now is the time when I answer the 6 questions that I outlined in Identifying Potential Careers by Leveraging Your Skills and Interests.

1. What?

This career obviously involves teaching at the collegiate level, but I’d prefer teaching at a University like UNR. I got my undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management and I would really enjoy teaching an Operations Management class that involves manufacturing resource planning.

2. Why?

The obvious reason why I’m considering this career is the money and the schedule. Working a 9 to 5 can get pretty boring, so I think having a two night a week teaching schedule would be cool. Yes, I understand there are office hours and other activities you have to participate in when you’re a professor, but I still think it provides more flexibility.

3. Where?

I would prefer to teach at UNR or maybe TMCC, but unfortunately, there aren’t as many colleges as there are high schools and elementary schools, which leaves me with less options. In the end, there is a possibility of having to move if this is something I really wanted to do.

4. When?

I could probably teach an introductory summer class as a guest professor without any other preparation, but I would probably be better off getting a Ph.D. if I really decided to pursue this career. I don’t plan on doing this anytime soon, so I have some time to think about it.

5. Who?

The nice thing about being a college student is I have a ton of resources to help get me on the right track. I actually have a classmate and friend who is teaching an introductory accounting class this summer that I could talk to. Check out his Accounting for the Instant Generation blog when you get a chance.

6. How?

If I was to lose my job this week, I would get in touch with my accounting friend to see how he got a part time summer job as a guest professor. That would give me some time to start talking to other professors about how to go about getting a full time position with the university.

If you didn’t watch the video before reading this post, go ahead and watch it now. If you did watch the video before reading, watch it again. Makes me laugh every time. I just hope none of my students decide to tackle me in front of the class if I decide to be a professor.

If you have any suggestions or advice, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Accounting for the Instant Generation – Ryan Moser