Going the Distance in Life: Creating Something Bigger than Yourself

Going the Distance in Life

Going the Distance in Life: Creating Something Bigger than Yourself

Going the Distance in Life

Creating Something Bigger than Yourself

There are a number of ways to accomplish things. Before the task is done, there are a few steps. You have to figure out what you want to do, have a plan to do it, determine any materials necessary to complete the task, start the process, modify when necessary and then complete the process. There may be some other steps but I think you get the idea. The big question is “What is the benefit?” The benefit part always has some type of reward. It can be material gain, avoidance of discomfort and/or pain or just for the joy of it.
When thinking about a career, we often look at the material gain part. How much will it pay? What is the benefit package? What type of working environment is it in? All of these are based on certain conditions and considered “Conditional Motivations.” In looking into careers, these conditional motivations are one of the elements of choosing a career and what type of preparation we are going to make to be successful.
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Conditional Motivation is great in the short run. Yet when challenges come or the process becomes difficult or boring, there has to be some additional motivation or we crash and burn. “Crash and burn” comes in various ways, underproduction or burnout being two obvious results.
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The alternative is an internal motivation for a purpose larger than you, that larger purpose being something that you find fulfilling and worth the effort. Many people choose pretty difficult tasks in nasty circumstances yet they complete them and in the end enjoy the results. That type of motivation is considered “Intrinsic Motivation.” Conditional Motivation is good for short-term rewards along the way. The benefit is lost once received and spent. Intrinsic motivation is a stronger motivation tool because the benefit is never used up. It can be a strong memory or seeing the results played out on an ongoing basis.

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If you are a student, take some time to consider your source of motivation. Grades on a test or in a class are short term rewards and fade after received. They are great “Conditional Motivators.” They help along the way. Try thinking about the long-term reason for your studies and preparation.
Look for the big long-term purpose. For the visual types, try making a picture of the results and post it in an obvious place where you see it every day. For the auditory type, try making a short recording, put it to music and listen to it on a regular basis. For the hands on learner, make some physical object you can hold to remind you of the end you are going after.
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When challenged, revisit your Intrinsic Motivator to help go the distance. I would look forward to hearing what your motivators are and what tools you use to remind you of where you are going.

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College Offers Are Here, Now What?

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College Offers Are Here, Now What?

What to know and do before going off to college

For most of the seniors, you have received various offers from the colleges you have applied to. Congratulations. If your mind is made up and you have made your selection, congratulations again. Next step is to graduate from high school and use the summer to enjoy family life as all this is going to change. You are starting a new adventure and taking one more step toward independence and that place called adulthood. Most of you will have hit the age of 18 and are eligible to vote. Do take the opportunity to register to vote and participate in this civic responsibility and privilege. You will most likely be away and have to vote absentee so find out how that is done.
For some who have received multiple offers from colleges and have not made up their mind just yet, here are some thoughts… This education thing isn’t just to load information into that amazing thing called your brain. It is preparing you for a career. So, that being said, the track record of job placement of a college is something to consider. You might check out what kind of placement record the potential colleges have in your career. You might also check out what employers sent recruiters to job fairs at the college and how many job fairs they have. Try talking to the office of the college that sets up the job fairs to get information on their successes with employers.
One other tool is to look at the percentage of students that default on their student loans. This can offer guidance in two ways. One, the graduates may be paying too much for their education. The second is that when they land a job, the job doesn’t pay sufficient to cover their bills. Third, the college didn’t attract students that could land a job. Well, the third one is a little harsh, but don’t take that one too seriously.

Action time!

If you do need to make a choice as to what offer to accept, what other criteria will you consider? In the application process, what were the critical criteria that caused you to choose a school? How do these schools line up when placed side by side? Where else can you go to help sway the decision in one direction or another? I would look forward to hearing your thought process and how you come to a decision.

 

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20 Tips and Questions to Consider when Visiting College Campuses

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20 Tips and Questions to Consider when Visiting College Campuses

For many high school seniors, by the time they read this blog, they will have received offers from the colleges they have applied to.  One of the other steps that students should take is visiting their colleges of choice to get a feel for campus life.
There are a number of things to consider on visit.

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Choosing the Right College

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How To Determine The Best College for You

Consider Your Personal Values

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Waiting for acceptance letters for college can be a draining process!  You have gone through the process of applying to a couple of schools that might be out of your league but if you shoot for the moon, you might just hit it.  You have also sent applications to a group of schools that are in your sweet spot and then you have your back up schools that if all else fails, these will meet your requirements.  Now, if some of your top choices fail to capture your personal value, then you can be disappointed for a few minutes, maybe an hour but recognize that they missed out and the schools that did accept you are in for a heck of a deal (and so are you!!)
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In looking at the schools that do accept you, if you have done your homework, you have them prioritized and the decision is manageable.  If on the other hand, there are two or more schools that have come to the top, the financial packages are about the same and your desire to attend is equally the same, reach into your pocket and pull out a coin and….
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Let’s consider what happens to other students after they graduate.  There are statistics that can be used to determine how marketable your degree is from each institution.  One of those statistics is called the “Student Loan Default Rate.”  This stat is the percentage of students that default on their student loans.  This suggests a few things.  The student over extended his line of credit for a degree in a low paying position, the college doesn’t attract a high-caliber of student that meets the market demands or the college has a high price tag for the industry their degrees appeal to.  In any fashion, if one of the schools has a higher default rate then another school with a similar financial package, you might put your coin back in your pocket and base your decision on a different parameter.

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This college stuff is not a small thing.  I am betting some of your dreams are resting on this couch.  As you are going through the process, consider various aspects of going off and being in college.  If you have visited the school, what aspects attract you to each school? Come up with a list and put weight on each of the categories.  What caused that weight?  What would cause it to go to a different level?  How will graduation feel and then looking for a job?  What weight can you put on the financial package and any debt you may incur?  How did you come to that weight?  What makes it higher or lower?  Let me offer you a little secret.  All these issues rest on your basic values and what makes you the person you are.  That is the most important part of this whole process.  Let me know what you come up with and what your experiences are.  Do keep track of your thoughts in a journal and some of the experiences.  They will only happen once.
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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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