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August 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Part of the Solution

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I wake up every morning thinking of new ways to be productive each day. If I have an unplanned day I try to make something out of it, instead of just sitting around in front of the TV. The way I look at it, if you don’t get anything accomplished then how could you have been part of the solution that day? Let’s face it… this world needs our help. This world needs us to take action in order to make it a better place. If you just leave the job to “the next guy” then nothing will get done. We are all here for a reason, so let’s all make an effort in discovering what we are here to do, and how we can each be an asset to solving the greatest mystery in life… purpose. 

August 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Out of Time

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Do you ever feel like you’re life is constantly moving in different directions? You have a hard time keeping up with new responsibilities and never have time to yourself. Where’s the pause button when you need it?!

My life is going to be drastically changing once college classes start in less than a week. Sometimes I worry about what my work load will be like… a professor told me to devote at least five hours of study time a week to each class. My first reaction was, “That’s crazy, when will I have time to have fun?” But then when I thought about it more, a few hours a week devoted to studying wouldn’t be that bad.

So life’s moving fast, but how do I schedule time to do the things I like to do? Things like spending time with my family, working out, keeping multiple websites up to date, and playing the occasional video game. The way I see it is… prioritize. Which of these things are most important to me.

Some things in your life require more attention than others. It’s your job to weed out the important from the less important. You do that, and everything else will fall into place.

August 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Change is not …

“Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life.”
-Alvin Toffler

August 11, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“If we do not p…

“If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.”
-Lord Chesterfield

August 10, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Looking for Leaders

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Do you desire to be a leader? You’re in luck because your campus is filled with opportunities to exploit your leadership skills. From starting a new club sport, to being a part of a group discussion in our debate team, you will have students looking up to you for guidance and expertise. Before heading over to student services to make your proposal, be sure to understand everything that a leader represents and works for.

In order to be looked up to by your peers, you have to have complete confidence in everything you do and say. Know that the principles you set for your team could be remembered for a lifetime. Seek out other students who are like-minded and who share the same morals as you. It will be a lot easier to mobilize your constituents when you all have a similar work ethic and drive to accomplish great things. Even students who lack the motivation to work as a team will be able to look to you as an example of how they should compose themselves. Be prepared to take a few falls before you salvage success.

Living on campus can be fun, but there are many challenges to be faced when pursuing the leading role in a group effort. A proposal may be declined multiple times before you finally talk to the right person to help you make that next leap forward. Anything can happen when being the leader of a team. Your scheduled meeting could get rained out or there could be conflicting schedules within the group. Bottom line… being the leader and taking charge is no walk-in-the-park. Be prepared for any outcome, and then plan one step ahead to be able to confidently lead your team onto the next task. I can say from my own experiences that you need some sort of goal or essence to keep you motivated as a leader.

When someone asks me what I did over the summer, I tell him or her that I was busy being a leader. Every day I helped bring a new perspective to people all over the world through my website and YouTube channel. “How did you have the mindset to stick with it?” they would ask. The answer is, I stayed motivated by reminding myself that I was carrying my mother’s legacy through sharing her teachings with my readers and viewers. That’s the kind of purpose you need to keep at heart in order to motivate yourself to lead a strong team. Above all, the secret to being a successful leader, as told by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, is love.

After going to great lengths at researching and studying The Student Leadership Challenge, the number one principle I took away from it was that love is what defines a successful leader. “It is hard to imagine getting up each day and working real hard if you don’t put your heart into your work and your work into your heart” (pg. 156). As Kouzes and Posner stated, “Leadership is an affair of the heart,” so go out there and pursue a leading role in a team that you can put your heart and soul into; Something that you can wake up to every morning and be excited to lead and partake in. With the principles of confidence, perseverance, motivation, and love, you are not only guaranteed to be a successful student leader, but also a lifelong leader.

August 9, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward

ImageWhen times get tough you have to juggle all the nice extra things you own out of your new lifestyle. This could be a nice luxury car, a big spacious house, or other expensive tool that you have gotten used to. Sometimes we get so used to being surrounded by nice things, that we take these things for granted. That’s why, when the day comes where you realize you have to cut back from all these extra expenses, it can be hard to accept.

            Getting a smaller home or a less expensive car is not the end of the world when it comes to temporary accommodations. That’s just it… it’s temporary. Convince yourself that even though this may be a step backwards, it’s also a smart step forward. You’re just going to be saving up for even nicer luxuries in the future. Take this time to appreciate the nice things you once owned before you had to make the cutback. You’ll say to yourself, “Wow, I had it pretty nice.” Remembering how well off you were then will empower you to create an even better lifestyle in the future. 

August 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stress to Simplicity

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It’s interesting how one day I wake up and everything just seems to be falling apart. Loans, paperwork, bills, mortgages… whatever the case may be, it’s overwhelming. These last few weeks before college have proven to be a stressful time-crunch.  Yesterday it felt like nothing was working the way I wanted it to.

But then today finally arrives! All of a sudden, it was like all of my previous worries were being taken care of. Today was the day of taking action I guess. So what caused this sporadic change from stress to simplicity? I know I attest my positive results to the moment of levelheadedness that I had yesterday. In the midst of all the problems, I stopped and kept reminding myself to just “keep moving forward”. I also told myself, “Don’t take the easy way out”. The easy way out would’ve been to drop the loan I was pursuing. Even though that would’ve been temporarily easy, it would’ve meant more work in the long run after pursuing a new loan.

There are actually a few life lessons: The ones I previously stated above in quotes, and- everything will work out in the end as long as you keep a positive attitude and outlook of the future.

August 7, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Again?!

ImageHave you ever had the same problem continuously pop up in your life? One day you think the issue has been solved, just to discover a week later that yet another trouble has appeared regarding the same issue. This is the epitome of frustrating circumstances because no one wants to fix the same problem twice… or three times.

            Why does this happen?

Consider this: the old saying, everything happens for a reason. Before you blow up with anger, think about why this issue has reappeared. Maybe you will meet an important person through rehashing this problem. Or you might have an epiphany this second time around. Who knows… if nothing else, looking at the issue from this positive perspective will help you in a number of ways. It will change your attitude about the problem, which will help you solve the issue once-and-for-all.

            Just think: Everything happens for a reason. Your life will be a lot less stressful if you look at daily occurrences this way.   

August 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“The harder you…

“The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”
-Chinese Proverb

This is a very thought provoking quote because it suggests that you take risks in order succeed. Sometimes you have to keep on falling before you bounce back. 

August 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment