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Never Stop Learning

May 16th, 2010

Now that the Spring semester has come to a close for 2010, I no longer have to attend classes everyday and listen to lectures, review slides from PowerPoint presentations, perform research, or do homework assignments for the next few months. While this is a pleasing fact it also leads to a problem; I won’t be learning.

In order to improve oneself and continue to succeed you must never stop learning. We’ve all heard the sayings “knowledge is power” and “never stop asking questions”; these sayings hold a lot of truth and reason to them and that’s why people keep repeating them.

Absorbing information from different domains and gaining insight into new possibilities provides oneself with opportunities. Taking advantage of opportunities is how you move forward on the path to success rather than standing comfortably in one spot. In an effort to to build on my knowledge and add value to my personal brand I have decided to attend Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University.

Attending IMU

This certification program consists of 16 on-line classes, taught by very reputable professors, that educate students on inbound marketing. After going through the one hour courses you have the opportunity to take the exam, if you receive a 75% or better you are inbound marketing certified.

This will be the first of my goals to be accomplished over the course of this summer. I intend on being certified by Sunday June 6th. And yes, you can hold me to it.

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Be self-reliant and your success is assured

May 11th, 2010

Since the beginning of 2009 my life has changed tremendously. This is when I finally took the step towards my career path by investing a lot of time and effort into my courses as well taking advantage of numerous opportunities like the American Marketing Association and internships. Everything that I have experienced and all that I have accomplished from that time until now have really shaped me into the person I am today.

Today, my very productive, confidence-boosting, “I can’t be stopped” 17 month time frame has come to an abrupt halt as CVS declined me for a summer internship in their Media Department. It goes without saying that interning full-time with a Fortune 18 company yields numerous opportunities for experience and networking, as well as a tremendous resume addition. I’ll admit I am disappointed; I’m missing out on a great opportunity. Sure I was one of over 500 applicants, narrowed down to 50 or so who got interviewed, sure they sent a nice rejection e-mail me with words like “impressed, outstanding, diligence, you should be proud! and competition was fierce!”, and sure at the very least I gained interview experience as I had three of them back-to-back-to-back…but I wasn’t selected.

It’s like coming in second in the big race and getting the silver medal. There are times you’d rather be fourth or fifth because you weren’t that close to the prize. Losing closely sometimes hurts more than losing by a lot. Anyone who knows my attitude toward competition in any form knows I don’t want the consolation prize; I play to win.

The confidence I exude on a regular basis is now against its first real test. I have no problem displaying confidence even if it’s not all there on the inside because that’s how you should present yourself in any situation. However, it’s easy to act like this when everything is pretty much going your way. It’s easy to quote cute little sayings to your friends in an effort to boost their self-esteem and confidence when you are experiencing smooth-sailing yourself. Is it just as easy to stand by my words when I finally stumble? It’s time for me to walk the walk after a real big rejection.

To all my friends who I ever said “don’t worry about it” to after they received a bad grade or didn’t get a job, and to everyone who I told to “keep trying” or said “so what, do it again” when they failed in some way, and to anyone who has heard me say “no big deal, move on”, when it really was a big deal – this is your proof that I too, don’t always succeed.

Will that stop me? Nope.

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Take Your Own Path

May 8th, 2010

It’s that time of year again, when students everywhere don their caps, gowns, and tassels at a ceremony that transitions them from college life to the real world. This past Wednesday was the cap and gown convocation at Rhode Island College and I witnessed many proud seniors walking around in delight as they were one step closer to receiving their degrees. While I congratulate everyone on their accomplishment I did feel slightly left out as I am not graduating this May with everyone else.

Note: If you want to skip the story and go straight to the point, ignore the following three paragraphs.

After graduating High School in 2005, I had every intention of continuing on to the next level of education, just not right away. Like many young adults, I had no clear idea on what I wanted to do with my life. I threw around the idea of graphic design at Gibbs College, but that was quickly dismissed. I already felt the urge to go into management, or some form of general business, but I was not ready to attend college; so I didn’t. All I knew was that I wanted my ideas to be part of something bigger than me. I took a year off from school altogether and continued to work while many people said I would lose any motivation to go to college; these folks underestimated me.

Ultimately, I applied to one college the following year, Rhode Island College, and was accepted. I decided to get a B.S. in Management (which later turned into Operations Management), and essentially, what did I accomplish by waiting? I could have attended RIC immediately after High School and at least got some of my general education classes out of the way; this is a concept I don’t think I quite understood at the time. I ended up going to the same college I more than likely would have attended had I applied a year prior, and striving for the same degree at that. Had I been on the same educational path as most of my High School peers, I would have graduated in May of 2008, so why am I bringing this up now?

It didn’t really bother me that I would be “a year behind” my high school class. However, it’s more than that. I decided to add a second major, Marketing, and this added another semester to my college career. While it’s only one extra semester, it may not have been extra had I added the Marketing major sooner and packed my earlier semesters tighter. I could go the other way with this one though, I have had multiple 5 and 6-class semesters, on top of summer classes, that have allowed me to only need one extra semester.

My point is this…it’s natural to question your decisions in life. It’s very easy for me to say “Damn, I could have been done with college a year ago!” While that may have been nice, how do I know my life would have been any better up to this point? I don’t. Thinking about the “what if’s” and “shoulda coulda woulda’s” doesn’t get you anywhere and is just a waste of time. Don’t get me wrong, thinking about the future in these terms can be fun and great for setting goals, but don’t waste your time regretting anything.

You are you, and you are where you are for a reason. Had I not taken the path I am on now, I may not have had all the opportunities and success I have seen thus far. I don’t know what I’d be doing right now had I graduated in 2008, but I also don’t care. The decisions that led me here were already made and I cannot change that, so why bother thinking about it?

Invest your time, thoughts and efforts into what you can control; and that excludes the past.

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