Give and Connect

dandelion, connections, network

Networking—the word makes many cringe. Some think that it’s disingenuous. They envision smooth operators and politicians wheeling and dealing. For others, networking is too forced and awkward. The introverts among us would rather curl up with a book at home. Still a number are content with their circumstance and don’t feel the need to network. … Continue reading Give and Connect

Seek Out Mentors

mentor, leader, coach

There’s no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Behind every successful individual are mentors—teachers, coaches, advisors—who have supported and invested in them. Basketball players have free throw coaches; pop stars, voice coaches. Even CEOs seek guidance from executive coaches and more experienced CEOs. You need a mentor (or several) as well. Mentors are … Continue reading Seek Out Mentors

Overcome the Noise

ocean, open sea, focused

Blindfolded I meandered through the obstacle course, guided by the voice of my partner. Meanwhile, opposing teams made noise and gave conflicting directions. Progress was slow, each step careful. The makeshift obstacles themselves weren’t difficult. The challenge was focusing through the distractions. Post-college life often resembles this game. To reach your destination, you must separate … Continue reading Overcome the Noise

Immerse Yourself

immersion, dive, learning

The more you know, the more you realize you’ve yet to learn. Similar sentiments have been expressed by Einstein, Aristotle, and Disney’s version of Pocahontas.1 Recent graduates will soon face this reality. Some will experience it as a warm invitation into lifelong learning; others, a rude awakening of how little their education pertains to their … Continue reading Immerse Yourself

The Allure of Busyness

time, busyness, rat race

Advertisements often reflect societal values. Amtrak tells commuters to “stay productive” with its free Wi-Fi service. 5-hour ENERGY promises to “help you get through your busy day.” Microsoft claims that its products “do more. Just like you.” We’ve been conditioned to believe that success demands constant activity. In today’s hyper-connected global market, we must keep … Continue reading The Allure of Busyness