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Month: August 2013

The Rewards of Teaching

Teachers don’t always get to see the results of their work.

But sometimes we do. On twitter.

Thanks, Jennifer.

Grateful tweet from a Lincoln Christian University graduate, Business Administration program :: michaelgowin.com/blog

Bob Goff is a quitter, I’m a quitter, and you should be too

Like me, you’re probably spinning a lot of plates. Everyone’s busy. When you run into someone you know and ask how they’re doing, you usually hear, “Oh, we’re busy. Really busy.” And you probably say it, too.

Is that a good thing? To be “busy”?

I’m not so sure.

At the beginning of August, I heard Bob Goff speak at the Global Leadership Summit. Bob is a nut–seriously. Check out his book, Love Does, and you’ll see what I mean. But he does some really cool things because he loves Jesus and loves other people.

At the Summit, Bob mentioned that he quits something every Thursday. Why? To make more space in his life to do important things.

This seemed like a neat idea to me so I’ve started quitting things every Monday. Here’s what I’ve quit so far:

  • Going to bed after 11:00 PM
  • Complaining about things I can’t control or influence
  • Participating in my church’s worship ministry until December

Does that last one seem… weird? Here’s the deal: I’ve got an overly full plate this fall. In October I’ll be traveling four times and one of my sons will have surgery at the end of the month. The church can find someone else to play guitar on Sunday mornings, but no one else can stand in to be a husband and father for my wife and kids.

So I’m quitting the worship ministry for a few months. There are more important things at stake and I need the margin to do them.

What could you quit every week to make more margin in your life for what’s important?

6 Ways to Awesome for College Grads (and Students)

In my role as a business professor at Lincoln Christian University, I get to work with some students who want to do cool things and change the world. One of our recent graduates, Ben, emailed to update me on his life since May. He’s a hustler (in a good way), gainfully employed, and working on a lot of things outside of his job. Ben offered a few words of advice to students yet to graduate. I’m sharing them here.

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I have observed and learned things these past couple months which I dearly wish I had been told/heeded back when I was in undergrad.  I thought they might be valuable for your students to hear from me, as I am a recent graduate.  Obviously, only share with them excerpts which you find valuable, but the advice is as follows.

  1. Do not waste your undergraduate years.  I took several 21 credit-hour semesters, graduated in 3 years (with honors), played intramural sports on campus, worked a job every weekend, and for a short time I worked another job during the week as well.  Nevertheless, I had more free time then than I have now.  What I learned in class was extremely valuable, and I soaked up everything I could from my business classes, but I did not pursue learning beyond my classes and readings.  That was a mistake.  The alternative income streams I am now pursuing (affiliate marketing, blogging, writing, investing), I sorely wish I had started those back when I started the business program.  Learn, Learn, Learn.
  2. Get business experience (even if it is volunteer work) and pay attention in Business Communication class.  I neglected to get much professional business experience in college, however, what I learned in Business Communication class paid off extremely well.  With no professional business experience on my resume, said resume/cover letter landed me an interview which led to a job within 3 weeks of graduating.  In the past month, I have had to turn down 5 calls for job interviews, all in professional fields.
  3. That’s another item to note.  When applying for a job, do not get discouraged by a lack of response.  For some reason it took 4 out of 7 hiring managers 2 months to get back to me and ask for an interview.
  4. By the way, I applied for 50+ jobs in the weeks following graduation.  There are jobs out there; they just take work and resilience to find.  I actually turned down the first 2 jobs I was offered because I knew that I would have been a poor fit.  I am so thankful for the people in my life who encouraged me to not sell myself short with the first job offered me.
  5. Hiring managers love to see “self-employed” on a resume.  I had a lawn care business back in high school which got the attention of several hiring managers for this very reason.  If you do not have that similar experience, or any good business ideas from which to create said experience, take Professor Teoro up on his window washing idea.  If you have not heard of it yet, then he is slacking off.  But seriously, suck it up, wash windows, and when you graduate you can place self-employed/business owner on your resume.  Hiring managers will love you.
  6. If you have the opportunity or knack, learn about computers and get something IT related on your resume. There is so much money in IT, this can only end well for you.

Thank you for everything, Mr. Gowin!  I hold the education and instruction I received there in the highest esteem, and am grateful for the many opportunities it opened (and continues to open) for me.

Blessings,

Ben

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