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Goals, Passions, and Success: An Interview with My Grandmother

Originally posted on teenmusing:
Praxis personal development project day 3: interview one of your friends. I believe the intention here was to interview another high school student, but I interviewed my grandmother. A) because we are friends and B) she was the most convenient choice at 11:20pm. I asked her about her goals, study habits, passions, and philosophy of success, and then compared them to my own. Karen’s answers: Goals: “Do at least one thing a day from a list. That’s a goal just to trim down my expectations of myself.” Study Habits/Research: “If it’s something that I have to do that I’m not really passionate about I tend to procrastinate. I will get it done, and usually do a good job but it’s last minute. If it’s something that I’m really interested in or something that intrigues me, then I will really dive into things. So maybe not obsessive, I’m just interested so I’ll read a lot and really enjoy what I’m learning.” Passions: “Teaching. I enjoy teaching- kind of in various settings. Children…

Evan Spiegel & Bobby Murphy | Snapchat Co-founders

Originally named “Picaboo,” Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy founded Snapchat 2011. At that time Facebook was launching Poke, a “lookalike product.” Zuckerberg met with Spiegel and Murphy to inform them of the app that was days away from launching. They accepted the challenge and prevailed with Snapchat.

Candice Morgan | Pinterest Head of Diversity

Candice Morgan was appointed as the first head of diversity for Pinterest, in January 2016. Morgan will be helping the company in initiatives of inclusion in order to make Pinterest a more diverse product and company. Prior to her position with Pinterest, Morgan worked spent 10 years with Catalyst in assisting global companies to become more inclusive. “In the world of diversity, things take time.” You can find out more about Candice Morgan here. Know of any notable millennials? Share at or comment below.

Overcoming the Fear of Investing

Originally posted on Generation Y Retirement Account:
Looking at that blue pool, you think you might drown… But you get some help to put on those orange swim floaties & start kicking those legs in the water to complete a full lap Staring at that big brick building called “school,” you wonder how you will do in a brand new environment for a day… But your mom (or dad, brother, sister, nanny, babysitter, etc.) grabs your hand, walks you in, and your kindergarten teacher flashes you the biggest smile Watching people cruise down the pavement on their shiny bikes, you contemplate how you will ever be able to learn to ride a bike without falling… But you start by using those sturdy training wheels until you have the comfort to coast on down the park pathways Checking out the full plate in front of you as you sit at the kitchen table at your friend’s house, you gulp because you have never tried this type of food before… But you pick up that fork and manage…

You Are Already Successful

Originally posted on Daniel Dow Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. – Earl Nightingale Have you ever wondered if you were successful or not? I know I have. And if you are working towards any type of goal, dream or vision It’s likely you have too. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves and be our own worst critic. It can be discouraging at times – thinking we are not good enough, we haven’t made it yet, or we aren’t where we want to be and feel we should be. It’s easy to think and feel these things… I am here to tell you to take a step back, think about how far you’ve come and give yourself a pat on the back. That’s right, you are already successful! I really enjoyed this video by Bob and his message. It really does make sense and I have accepted Earl Nightingale’s interpretation and definition of success as my own. Success is being in motion, success is not a final destination. …

Make Your Goals Explicit

Originally posted on F R E E D O M:
We all have goals, hopes and dreams. No matter where you are in life, there’s always something we’re working toward, something we’re looking forward to. I’m a big fan of efficiency and accomplishing exactly what I set out to do. And theoretically, people would guess, this requires only iron will and tenacity. Only, as I’ve found, willpower and tenacity are not enough. While willpower and perseverance undoubtedly play a big part of achievement, however there are other details people often overlook, like the process of achievement. A functional plan and make it explicit: like the saying goes, ‘a dream without a plan is just a wish’, you’d need a fully fool-proof and functional plan to achieve your goals. This isn’t something that you can simply ‘think’ about as you’d very easily forget it the next day. You’d actually have to sit down with yourself and come up with a rudimentary plan, or a plan you think would work best. Put your functional plan in motion:…

8 reasons for staying in a job you hate

Originally posted on F R E E D O M:
It’s counterintuitive to think there’s any positive takeaway points from staying at an unfulfilling post. But, what do you do if you find yourself in such situation? Are you going to be focusing on the negatives and feeling miserable as each work day goes by? Of course not. Here are some tips on what you could do if you find yourself in such predicament. you get creative – you might not be passionate about your work anymore, but you’ll be passionate about your exit strategy! If there’s any motivator out there that gets people serious about turning their life around, it is knowing there’s a serious problem and they need to fix it ASAP. You’ll start thinking about your own exit strategy and best of all you’ll probably start coming up with all sorts of ideas until you find the one that works so you can quit with curtain dropping finality. Go all in exploring the alternatives! learn a lesson – everything in life is…

Brian Chesky | Airbnb

Originally posted on Nikhil Sethi:
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve started to read more and more about Airbnb founder Brian Chesky. Airbnb is a company that allows people to offer their homes as a place to stay through an app. It’s like the bed and breakfast establishments that pre-date the huge hotel chains of today. An art student who came up with the idea when he was broke and unemployed in San Francisco, Chesky has grown his company from a silly idea with a friend to one of the largest startups on the planet. Airbnb recently received a valuation of $24 billion, which is larger than the market value of apparent competitor Marriott. It seems insane to me how a person who wasn’t even really a technology guy before built a company to this size so quickly. All of this seemed like an impossibility before I read this long piece on him. Besides being a really well-written work of journalism, it sheds light on how Chesky was able to do so much. The…

Prioritizing Then & Balancing Now

There are two specific times in my life that I realized how important it was for me to prioritize: spring semester senior year and now (one year after graduating). Senior Year: Spring Semester For the record, I’ve always done my best to prioritize, but senior year spring semester my skills were put to the test. Being an active member of my college community (which meant being over involved) I had to cut back in order to focus on postgraduate plans. One afternoon I received a call from an individual that had the audacity to lecture me over my choice to work on a group project and future endeavors versus participating in an event for an extracurricular activity. I used logic to prioritize the circumstance. I chose to attend college to get a degree, the extracurricular activities were a perk that would not make or break (emphasis on break) my ability to get a job. I didn’t pay $160k for extracurriculars. My priorities, in order, were my education, internships, anything related to film/TV (due to my career choice), and …