This morning over coffee I was talking with students about schedules, pros and cons of taking AP classes and lo and behold in my inbox this great article .
25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25
There are many benefits to the classes we all take in school. Knowledge is indeed power and it enriches our lives, but as you will find it’s good ol common sense, courtesy, and practical knowledge that gets you through life. Of the 25 on this list here are my favorite words to live by:
#25 I STILL struggle with this one. I do not know why, but to this day always have to spell check it. Since it’s on the list makes me feel better that it must be a tough one for more people than me.
#21 Yes! Constructive criticism is meant to help, not hurt. Take it and use it.
#19 Double, triple Yes! When someone takes the time to give of THEIR time, show a little respect. Pay attention. Save multi-tasking for your time alone.
#14 Always find time for things that you enjoy like hobbies and interests. It makes life a lot more fun.
#13 The Thank You note has sadly become a lost art. My mother got me writing thank you notes as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil in my hand. Thank you notes take so little time, but mean a lot to the recipient. Especially when it comes to receiving gifts, a thank you note not only acknowledges receipt of the gift, but shows appreciation. I can not over stress the value of a thank you note. Also, send one after you have JOB INTERVIEWS…. BELIEVE ME, you will stand out as a star among other applicants if you follow up your interview with a thank you note. Highly memorable.
#12 Always. Period. always ask. Worst they can say is no., but the up side, more money!
#2 Doing nothing and watching life pass you by has a guaranteed outcome. Take risks, try new things. Be a life-learner. It makes the journey more fun.