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Top Seven (7) Tips to Having A Successful Life
Imagine yourself in the next five years. You probably don't wind up as a bum in your imagination. It most likely goes like this- you're living the most comfortable life you can think of, with people and things you love around you. Now, close your eyes again and imagine the steps you need to take to get there. Not as warm and cozy as the first imagination, right?
Nothing on earth is rocket science - including success. Grit and determination still work, and although it's not a walk in the park, it might not be as difficult as you think. These seven steps would show you why I believe so:
1. Be clear and precise on what you want to do
Different roads lead to success - that's for sure, but you can't take all the roads. Be clear and definitive with your passions and careers. What do you want to achieve? Having a goal in mind makes it possible and more comfortable to start taking actionable steps.
Bonus tip: Do something you love. The rest of your life is a long time to do something you find uninteresting, or even annoying.
2. Have a daily routine
Repetition is the art of mastery, and successful people have things they do to keep thriving. In a world of equal resources, equal chances and opportunities, someone who is consistent would most definitely outrun an unstable person.
3. Avoid time sponges
It's exactly how it sounds - things that literally suck your time. It's also quite noticeable spending time on things that won't contribute to your success is not advisable. What then is advisable? Identify the things that eat up your time and don't contribute to your career and either eradicate them or keep them in check.
4. See failures as stepping stones.
Undoubtedly, you must have seen experts in different fields before. Let's use an expert chef as an example. Ask him for a recipe, what to use and how to use them, and he would comfortably tell you what to do and what not to do because he has most likely made those mistakes in the past. Don't be tempted into feeling depressed because of failures - on the contrary, they make you smarter and savvier!
5. Find a mentor
You'd do yourself a solid by finding a mentor, that is, someone who is on the same path as you but has gone way ahead of you. A mentor would be of great help to you in terms of guidance, relevant information about your career and can even help you build your network. Remember the chef analogy? He also probably sounds so food-smart not because he made the mistakes himself, but because his mentor or teacher told him to avoid such mistakes. Don't start your journey without guidance.
6. Improve your character and relationship-building skills
Two people come to you for help: One is the rudest, most ill-mannered soul you've encountered, the other is pleasant and great to talk to. You'd most likely be more inclined to help the second person. It's always a good idea to build positive relationships because you can never tell when you'd need help and who could recommend you to whom. Also, we need human contact every now and then, for what is life if we have all the money in the world but are without human connections and love to share?
7. Be an action taker
Renaissance Genius, Leonardo da Vinci once said “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” This takes us back to how we started. You could stay at the spot where you are right now, still imagining where you'd be in the next five years, or, you could get working immediately. I implore you to do the latter. Go for it, and if you fail, you can only get better.
GENRE: Young Adult
For students 13 through college graduation,
Christine Reidhead's guide to building study skills is an extremely important
book for those who want to secure their future through good grades.Too many
students' grades are falling, especially in a time when regular classrooms
cannot fully open. Parents everywhere are at a loss regarding what to do with
their responsibilities in the face of the increasing downturn in their
children's grades. It seems as though, with the advent of social media, the
attention of a lot of students has been shifted from their books to their
smartphones or computers. Apart from social media, blame has also been put on a
decline in the interest of students regarding education in general. Students,
at the moment, do not have the motivation or zeal, as it seems, to even study.
Good study habits, or skills, are solutions to the problems experienced by students. This has been true for a long time, but the world is changing rapidly, which also means that the tools employed during study have to be changed in order to keep up.
This is especially true as a result of the covid-19 pandemic that has forced students to study and learn from home rather than in the classroom. E-Learning, or online learning, can be effective, but only if the student has the discipline and drive to succeed using the tools and materials they are provided by teachers. Without strong study skills the student will fall behind in the classroom. Online the failure to develop good study skills can be devastating, leading to an inability to achieve the success in life the student could otherwise achieve.
This excellent guide walks students through skills and habits which a student, or a person, employs while studying in order to make the most out of the experience. The kind of skills employed by a person, whether good or bad, determines how successful they will be in the process of learning, and Reidhead shows how to understand study skills, discover what kind of learner you are, develop great study skills, avoid bad study habits, identify the best places to study, and how to keep up with Online Learning during the current ovid-19 pandemic. It also helps parents and students to identify when certain students are studying excessively, harming the effectiveness of their studying.
This is a must book for students who want good grades. Both a guide and a self-help book, it can help any student of any age, middle school through graduate school, succeed in their classes whether they are held in a classroom or online.
The preceding chapter mentioned that some people are auditory learners. There are also visual learners, kinesthetic learners, and even learners that learn best by reading. The differences stem from the fact that we all experience the world differently. Thus, the different ways we receive, retain, and use information also differs.
Learning about the different types of learning methods is important because it helps educators know how to cater to the needs of every student in their class. It can also eliminate some students lagging behind simply because the mode of teaching in the class is not best for them.
As a student, finding the type of learning style best suited for you is essential because it helps you know what works for you and what doesn't. The process of self-realization will eliminate many problems and help you focus your attention on the actual skills needed to excel academically. For instance, if you are an auditory learner, you will prioritize listening in class by taking notes. During your study time, it would be wise as an auditory learner, to listen to recordings, if the recordings are available, instead of reading. If auditory tapes are not available you will still have to read.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Christine Reidhead is a philanthropist, former basketball player, professor, writer, podcaster, and proud mother of two from Arizona. She is currently based in New Mexico, where she works and lives with her family. She is an avid educator who loves to encourage people to make a difference in their lives. She is the author of the book series Tips to Starting College. Her expansive portfolio as a podcast host is growing wider every month, as she discusses topics as diverse as leadership, sports, social change, education, tribal college movement and so much more. Podcast episodes are currently available on her website for people to enjoy. She is the author of GET THAT JOB! Ace Your Job Interview – Every Time! and How to Improve Study Habits.
Christine is passionate about international charity work, as well as helping people preserve their culture and share it with the world. She is the founder of AfrikRising, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing critical resources to African children who deal with poverty and starvation, not to mention a lack of educational opportunities and health risks. She also does a lot of work with Native American organizations and in Mexico. Currently, Christine is a board member of Habitat for Humanity supporting people in need abroad and close to home.
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