A Letter To Students: Time To Check-In [May 2018]
How different are you today than you were 5 years ago? What influenced that change?
The challenges and growth you’ve experienced can give insight to what you can expect to see over the next 5 years. The biggest difference being the magnitude and lifelong impact those changes have.
Many of us finish high school cocky and ready to take on the world, only to learn some hard lessons we were ill prepared to receive. The path to navigate these lessons today is one carved with frequent and often deep missteps.
Check in with yourself for a moment:
How much do you know about retirement and leveraging small investments to become a millionaire?
Were you taught how significantly the foods you eat impact your stress and performance levels? What about how to shop for and prepare those foods so they actually taste good?
Do you know how to interview and nail the job you want or how to successfully perform in those jobs as a leader?
“Many of us finish high school cocky and ready to take on the world, only to learn some hard lessons we were ill prepared to receive.”
Are you a master of efficiency, having healthy habits so you’re not constantly burning the candle on both ends?
Do you know these basics: how to do your taxes, build credit, be on time, do laundry, cooks meals, pitch in, talk to strangers, build and live on a fixed budget, write a resume, change a tire, deal with emergencies, vote, or have honest and healthy relationship?
If you know and feel comfortable doing all these things, then you appear ready to take on the world and our programs are likely not for you (although, in all likelihood you probably need our training more than anyone).
If any of these areas are foreign to you, if you feel hesitant or anxious at all about moving into independent life, then it’s time to connect with peers and experts to get prepared. Our entire purpose is help you be the most successful person you can be. Whatever that dream is, let’s make it happen!
“To be truly successful you must be happy (first and foremost)…”
We’re not here to force our beliefs down your throat. We’re not here to dictate or determine everything you need to know. We’re here to give you access to tools and basic training from top professionals that you likely don’t have access to… and why would you? You’re schooling focuses on the academic necessities you need to be successful in school and to learn the craft you wish to hone.
Unfortunately, success in that craft (and in life) doesn’t stop and end with those necessities. To be truly successful you must be happy (first and foremost) and adequately prepared for all phases of life.
There’s a story about a woman who became a veterinarian because she loved animals and wanted to dedicate her life to caring for them. After working in the field for a few years, she began to understand that the most important part of her job was not in the caring of the animals but in the caring and consoling of the animal owners. Her proficiency in communicating was where she had the biggest gap when entering her field and at the end of the day ended up being the key differentiator between the best vets in the industry.
Another story is the star athlete we all know, the who reaches the highest levels of their profession only to end their career broke, locked-up or with discourse in their relationships. With the NFL draft just taking place, how many of those young adults realize that 80% of retired NFL players go broke? These individuals train to perfect their physical health and master their craft, only to find at the end that real success is a combination of all aspects of our life.
Most of us think that this will not be us, that we’re different; but the only way to truly differentiate yourself is to see the connection between all areas of your life and train to improve yourself as a whole.
What decision will you make? Do you have all the answers or are you ready to explore your growth edge to prepare yourself for the next phase of life?
Here in support,
Robert Goodman, Chief Operating Officer