Month: December 2014

Closing Thoughts

Two years ago around this time I was in a statistics class with one of the best teachers I have ever had. Not only was he a teddy bear of a 6’6″+ man but he understood that there was more to the world than AP stats. He showed that daily in the classroom by how he kept the atmosphere light and fun but also by inviting in a successful entrepreneur and friend of his to talk to us about success after school. I still have the handout next to my desk that he handed out that summarized his talk which is titled, Closing Thoughts.

Social skills — your first priority

Sales skills — your second priority

Education skills — your third priority; no one asks to see your degrees! (1)

Always practice your “rap” to make it better. (2)

Have a passion that you are good at and can make money doing.

Have a hobby that you can escape to for recharging – know the difference. (3)

Mentors — have as many and learn as much as you can from them. (4)

Work a bit harder and smarter and care about your output.

Always have a short term and long term goal to measure your success. (5)

Most failure is self induced and most recovery is self motivated.

I would rather risk and fail than stay “safe” and wonder.

Do you want to be successful pushing someone else’s idea or your own? (6)

If you can’t decide on a career, decide on a lifestyle and then find out what careers make that lifestyle possible.

Know who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow.

Always give back and you will always receive.

Take the back of the church test; what will they say about you! (7)

  1. Keep in mind that this is coming from a man standing in front of a classroom full of AP students who are all, including myself at the time, planning on going to college in front of one of the top math teachers in the building. He said it because it is so true.
  2. Aka elevator pitch and this doesn’t have to be specific to business ideas. During an interview, why should you get the job? Nail that answer down. Apply where necessary.
  3. This one bugged me for a while because I knew it was important and when you are as passionate about something like I am it is hard to focus on anything else but you have to. Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be just a hobby, this could take the form of simply taking a walk to clear your mind or having a date night with your SO.
  4. I am so lucky to have had mentors and these don’t have to be people who are wildly successful or in your same industry of your passion. Lessons from failure take many different forms for many different people, all of them are valuable.
  5. These goals are constantly changing and that’s perfectly ok. As long as you have goals you are set. Now act accordingly and try to accomplish them
  6. Either way you answer this question is perfectly ok. Not everyone wants to and has to work on their own idea.
  7. Imagine that you pass away in your later years and then as a ghost you visit your own funeral, what will people say about you? What do you want them to say about you? What can you do to make them say what you want them to?

I apologize for not remembering his name but at the very least, I haven’t forgotten about these and I plan to keep them in mind for a long time.