The supreme quality for leadership is unquestioningly integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. -Dwight Eisenhower Being a leader is about the best at something, the smartest, the strongest, or the loudest. Leadership it is … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Build Character Too
Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential. -Winston Churchill As you move closer to the start of the school year, keep Churchill’s statement in mind. Continuous effort, always trying…that is the key to finding your path. Seek ways, no matter how small, to improve upon yourself from last year. Writing papers, … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Try, Try Again
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. -Colin Powell Make this a year in which you focus on your work ethic. Prepare well for classes, papers, tests, whatever. Ask for help when you need it, not because you can’t understand something but because you … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Prepare+Work+Learn.
It always seems impossible until it’s done. -Nelson Mandela Sometimes the broad overview of something is scary. It seems too unwieldy, too daunting, just too damn much. Focusing on the large, overarching thing/project/plan will make it seem too big to tackle. Break things down into smaller pieces, and attack the impossible bit by bit. Don’t … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Impossible, Done!
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. -Vernon Law College is an unchartered frontier in some respects. This may be the first time students get something lower than a B, or God forbid, an F. Ideas that were celebrated are seen as being less than full. Rejections amass, … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Step One, Experience. Step Two, the Lesson.
When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. -Roy E. Disney Summer is a great time for reflection. The time off is a chance to revisit what you value in yourself, in life, and in friendships. Whatever difficulties you encountered during the school year, revisit them over the summer and reconsider what … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Clear Values = Clear Decisions
Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. -William Arthur Ward Stay curious over the summer. Was there an author your enjoyed during the school year? Read more works by that person. Did something you heard about in passing peak your interest? Find out more about that topic. Did you study a place that … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Stay Curious!
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. -Frank Lloyd Wright The summer break is an easy time to get caught up in your job or internship. After working hard during the school year, sitting in classrooms and libraries, you may be working hard to earn money or get a … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Explore Nature
The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary. -Vidal Sassoon Success does not just appear. Success requires effort. If you look around at successful people and believe that they received good things while sitting around watching TV, you are sorely mistaken. You have to get off the couch and out into the … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Get to Work!
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. -Max Lucado Following the crowd isn’t going to get you very far. To demonstrate leadership, you will have to pull away from the gang and become comfortable with pursuing your own path to achieve your own goals. You are not … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Turn away from the crowd