Every year, I help welcome the incoming class of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University.
And I dare them to do 5 things that will make them successful:
1. Dare to try new things
This is my foundation. I have written so many things on why it is so important for your brain to experience new things and even gave a TEDx talk about it.
2. Make mistakes/Try again
Failure is always an option. But, so is success. The important thing is to keep trying!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
3. Grow your skills and experience
Experience is an invaluable teacher. It’s great to think things through but sometimes you just have to get out there and experience things first-hand.
4. Network/create relationships/find mentors
Amazing things can happen when you talk to people. You can make life-long friends. You can learn new things. You can also help people find jobs or vice versa.
5. Embrace learning
As a life-long learner, I believe this is really important. We should all strive to learn new things every day.
It’s not complicated, but it’s not easy either.
Some days it’s tough for the most life-experienced of us. Me too.
It doesn’t matter if we are in college or mid-life. (I’m in both. Still working on that thesis.)
This week we welcomed our #gobluedressgo NBC intern Cassie Semyon back to campus. We’re so proud of her stint with news from the Paul Manafort trial captured on a video that went viral.
We chatted today. Cassie works for me in the Klein Career Center. And you know, it’s clear she did all those things in my list this summer; the things that give us character, make us interesting, make us run with passion and occasional grace toward our goals.
Cassie says her biggest fear was that she would fail.
We all fear failing.
But I tell my students every year, if we fear too much, we don’t go anywhere new. And I tell you that too.
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