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Improving Your Listening Skills

Leading by Listening

“You’re not listening to me.”
“Did you even hear a word that I said?”
“You’re missing the point.”
“Why do I even bother trying to communicate with you?”

If you have half a pulse, and you’ve actually interacted with other human beings, then you’ve either uttered some of these words to someone in total frustration, or worse, someone has uttered them to you with equal disdain.
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Taking Risks

“Stepping out on Faith”
by Schannon Love

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much of a risk taker. Honestly speaking, I think this has a lot to do with my fear of making the wrong decisions. I’m currently trying to de-condition my pessimistic ways of thinking, so that I may begin seeing the hypothetical glass as being half full, rather than half empty.

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Reaching Your Goals Faster

“The Cheapest Lesson in Life”

What is the biggest lie you’ve ever been told? Santa Claus? The Tooth Fairy? The Easter Bunny? Yeah, those were big, but I’ve never heard of anyone failing in life because their mother lied about old St. Nick.

The lie that has had the greatest impact on my life, was the lie that “Experience is the best teacher.” You’re probably saying to yourself, “What are you talking about, experience is the best teacher.” Well I beg to differ, and I hope this article gives you some food for thought.
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Choosing Between Colleges

A RealWorld Student writes…

I am having a difficult time choosing between two great colleges. I have been accepted at both, how do I choose?
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Choosing a Major

“You can lead a student to college but you can’t make him think.”

This is particularly true when it comes to choosing a major.

Choosing a major can be one of the most stressful times in a student’s life. Why? Because most students feel like they’ll face the firing line if they make the wrong decision.
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Paying for College

A RealWorld Student writes:

Dear Prof. Martin:

My question is that I finally know what I want to study in college; it’s biomedical engineering. I want to transfer to another college to study it b/c my school doesn’t offer it. This is my second year. I don’t have the money to transfer, and my grade point average is not excellent, but I’m a hard working student and I’ve had a lot of problems and hard life. What should I do?
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