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Balancing School AND Work

“Some Have to Earn to Learn”

Work and school seem to be two inseparable evils to most college students. To the fortunate few who have the “financial” ability to “choose” one without the other, we hate you (just kidding).

Unfortunately, most college students have to “earn” in order to “learn.” Personally speaking, I held so many jobs in college that my friends called me the “Job Man.” During any given semester, I worked at least two jobs, sometimes three, for a total of 50 – 60 hours a week! No joke. Matter of fact, after graduation, the “real world” seemed a lot easier than college. My mother was very poor and my father didn’t offer me any financial support. I know this sounds like a story from your parents, but I’m still in my late twenties.
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Solve Any Problem

“You Get What You Focus On”

Hey RealWorld Student,

Here’s some food for thought. If you want results, walk any problem you’re having through this scenario for better answers:

Focus 5% on what you fear and 95% on getting educated and skilled to face it.

Focus 5% on the problem and 95% on the spiritual solution.
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Student’s Life Lessons

“RealWorld Wisdom from Students Just Like You!”

More than 500 college students from across the country were asked the question, “What are the three most important lessons that you’ve learned in life?” Below is a compilation of their responses (all duplicate/similar answers were either combined or eliminated):
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Overcoming Failure

“We Need to Fail More”

I came up with the idea for RealWorld University because I realized that given all the things that college taught me, there was a whole lot more that college didn’t teach me. And learning how to deal with failure is definitely near the top of the list.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve never referenced a college text book for any of the strategies and ideas that I’ve shared with you. Also, I’ve never referenced a professor either. Now that’s not to say that I won’t use a textbook or a professor as a reference, but don’t hold your breath. If they’re out there, I’ll find them.

Why is “learning to deal with failure” such a critical topic? Well let me ask you this, have you ever failed at anything before? Or better yet, will you ever fail at anything? It’s safe to assume that you probably answered “yes” to both questions. So the real question is not whether you “will” fail, but rather “how” will you handle it when you do?
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Improving Your Self-Esteem

“What Are You Worth?”

How do you determine the value of anything? Usually, you take the object or thing in question to an appraiser or expert to see what something is worth. But how do we determine our own value? Unfortunately, we do the same thing as with any object, we seek the opinion of others.

I say this is unfortunate because, as we know, most of time people underestimate our value. They tell us what we can’t do, what we can’t accomplish, what skills we lack, etc. Ever since the days of grade school, we have let tests, grades, teachers, and even other students determine our self-worth. Outside of the classroom, we let parents, friends, co-workers, and circumstances do the same thing. This has to stop.
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How To “Successfully” Respond to Failure

An RWU Student Writes:

I was just cut from my college basketball team today, and I don’t know what to do. I love basketball and I put 95 percent of my time and energy into it. I think I am good enough to play on the team, but I had a bad first week of practice, and then I got cut. There’s not much I do at this point. I only have 3 classes now, and a lot of free time. I don’t want to give up on basketball, I don’t know if I could, it’s been a part of my life for so long. I just feel really depressed and my motivation to be successful in college is running low. Any advice would help me so much.

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