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Counting Your Blessings

A Student Writes:

I have learned a very important lesson this past year. In March of last year my father lost his leg in an accident at work. My family and I were devastated. My father loved his job, and was a very active man. He was not the type of person who could just sit inside and do nothing. As a result of my father’s disability, my family had to get used to living off a third (1/3) of the income we were used to. My mom couldn’t work because she had to constantly bring my father to doctors, hospitals, etc.
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Learning From Other Peoples’ Success

Normally, I don’t share what I’ve written to students in my class with others, but in this particular case, I thought my response to this particular student could potentially help many others.

The scenario is this: I gave my students a semester-long project in which they had to 1.) identify their passion, and 2.) then interview three professionals who were working in that field. Then they were asked to type a two-page paper about what they learned as a result of the experience. The professionals selected could either be pursuing the field, currently working in the field, or retired from the field. The only stipulation would be that the person interviewed had to be passionate about his or her work.

Well, this particular student not only failed to complete the assignment, but he decided to turn in a three-page (typed) paper on why he thought the project was flawed. I gave him half-credit for at least turning in something, but I attached the following letter in response to his paper. By reading my response to him, I hope you’re able to garner some wisdom along your search for “purpose” and meaning in your own career pursuits. I left out his name to protect the guilty.
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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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