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You can be anything or go into any career you want are related lies.

Dear graduates (and others who are continuing your education), if you think that you’re going to be an engineer but hate math class, you’re not going to be an engineer.

If you want to be a nurse but get sick every time you see blood, or can’t spend all day around people standing on your feet, you’re not going to get very far in medical school.

We’ve been told that there are unlimited opportunities in today’s marketplace. There are. However, that doesn’t mean you’re well-suited for all of them.

You’re created to excel in a few specific ways.

Your job, while you’re young, is to experiment and found out what you’re great at doing. Not just good. Great.

One great resource to use to start this journey: Stand Out Strengths by Marcus Buckingham (play to your strengths, instead of fixing weaknesses). If you get the book, take the assessment: it’s only 15 minutes and really cool!

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“grandma #1” by flickr user Piotr | cc by 2.0

A year and a half ago I met a local author at a craft show. She is a retired schoolteacher and was selling her series of three children’s books. The books were beautifully done and even included matching bookmarks.

I asked her about the books and why she wrote for children. I quickly looked through one of the stories and complemented her on her work.

Then I asked, “You have three. Will you write more books?”

“No,” she said, “I’m too old for that.” Continue Reading…

There’s an old saying that I hear at least once a year: “Make hay while the sun shines.”

Before farmers cut and rake hay (alfalfa, grass, red clover, etc.), they check the weather forecast to determine if they can get the hay “put up” before it rains. If you aren’t familiar with the process, it is best for hay to be cut, let the sun start drying it out, rake the hay (turn it over), let it dry a little more, then bale it and put it in storage before it gets rain on it.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines: John Deere tractor and round baler

Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Round bale of hay with tractor and baler | Photo by Ryan Eidson

Rain decreases the quality of the hay.

If it rains too much, the hay will spoil. You won’t have any to sell or to feed your livestock in the winter when the snow covers the ground.

Recognize the Season

Make hay while the sun shines applies to all of us. Continue Reading…

Two generations ago, high school graduates chose one of these options:

  • Continue education at a university (at least four more years of school)
  • Learn a trade at a trade school (one to two more years of school)
  • Join the military
  • Find a job now and figure it all out later

The choice for high school graduates a generation ago was: “Which college do I attend? There are so many options for where to go to school and what to study.”

Here’s the choice facing many high school graduates this year: “With college just so stinkin’ expensive these days, is it worth going at all?”

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One misconception that many people have, including college students, is the “necessity” of joining a nonprofit in order to change the world.

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Image courtesy of Jon Ralls. Used by permission.

Common ideas from people who think like this include:

  • “For-profit companies don’t care about people as individuals.”
  • “Making money in business is inherently evil. I want no part of that.”
  • “Everyone else asks for donations to support their cause, so I should, too.”

This type of thinking shows a false dichotomy—an untrue split of ideas. Continue Reading…

In Financial Peace University, Dave Ramsey says that your income is your most powerful wealth-building tool.

But you can’t build wealth if your income isn’t what it needs to be if it’s not supporting the needs of your family!

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New Job Letter – “day 48” by flickr user: mtjmail | cc by 2.0

There are three books that will help you tremendously on the road to a new job. And they’re not your typical career books, either. Continue Reading…