MIT Bootcamps: A Desire for Impact

By: Charlotte Lackney

https://www.edx.org/course/product-and-service-creation-in-the-internet-age?index=undefined

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the foremost research-based universities in the world, playing a vital role in the development of technology and science. Among an impressive list of programs including computer science, mechanical engineering, physics, and aerospace engineering, there’s a rapidly growing entrepreneurship program called MIT Bootcamps. Founded by previous CambridgeEditors client Erdin Beshimov in 2014, the ten-week program is intended to bring entrepreneurs from all over the world together to coach them in the development of innovative ventures.

The structure of the program is built around “learning by doing”—having the students be an active part in their education. Innovation seminars are a major part of this program, in which the students can implement theory in interactive workshops to show them how to apply and use innovation tools taught to them in seminars. Seminar instructors span from MIT faculty to industry experts, allowing students to learn about the experiences of successful entrepreneurs and investors that have made the MIT innovation ecosystem prominent and lasting. Students are also given individual and team coaching sessions, providing them with an experienced professional to guide and support them throughout their time in the bootcamp.

Erdin Beshimov, a lecturer at MIT in subjects such as entrepreneurial creativity, believes that the foundation of effective educational programs is the combination of mastery and community. The two elements are essential to support one another in long-term ventures. The hope with the program, then, is to make a difference in the world through social impact. The students leave the program with the backing of a community that reaches many corners of the globe, providing support and inspiration through their entrepreneurial journey.

Beshimov is the recipient of the Patrick J. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, Carol and Howard Anderson Fellowship, and the MIT Sloan Peer Recognition Award.

“We’ve now offered our bootcamps all over the world–in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, and Turkey–and have trained over 1,500 entrepreneurs from 100 countries and counting. I am particularly proud of our partnership with the MIT ReACT program through which we offer entrepreneurship education to refugees.” — Erdin Beshimov, 2021, IdeaMensch

Learn more about MIT Bootcamps by visiting their website.

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The Daughters of Shanti Bhavan

By: Charlotte Lackney

From India Life and Times magazine, January, 2018 edition. (see PDF: http://www.indialife.us/getPDFNews.php?pdf=108528_Abraham%20George.pdf

Looking for your next great Netflix binge? A quick, guaranteed one-day watch that’s bound to get your mind turning is Daughters of Destiny, a documentary mini-series. The four-part series was inspired by and filmed at Shanti Bhavan, a co-ed residential school in Tamil Nadu, India, founded by CambridgeEditors’ prior client Dr. Abraham George in 1997. The series follows the lives of five girls raised at Shanti Bhavan over seven years, focusing on their efforts to achieve individualization as well as carve a path to a better future for those who come after them. Daughters of Destiny, created by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, paints the true face of India’s poor and the level of dedication necessary to break the centuries-long cycle that entraps them.

Dr. George, who entrusted CambridgeEditors with his autobiography in 2019, established The George Foundation in 1995. The Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust with the intent to reduce injustices and inequalities in India. His work is the backbone of Shanti Bhavan Residential School, allowing the provision of world-class education and care to children from “untouchable” castes—any member of a wide range of low-caste Hindu groups and any person outside the caste system. As of 2017, the first four groups of students from Shanti Bhavan have graduated from college and are employed by global companies. As of 2021, six have been accepted into undergraduate programs at universities such as Dartmouth, Princeton, Duke, and Stanford. This is an unparalleled accomplishment in India’s history, one that Dr. George says will impact the country’s social climate twenty to twenty-five years down the line.

Since Daughters of Destiny’s release on Netflix in 2017 it has won Television Academy Honors in the Documentary category (2019) and was nominated for the Golden Trailer Award for Best Documentary (2018) and the IDA Award for Best Limited Series (2017).

“The actions of [Dr. George] have undoubtedly transformed the lives of hundreds of seriously disadvantaged children and their families. If that isn’t worth celebrating in this glorious fashion, then I don’t know what is.” – Julia Raeside, The Guardian

“I think [Dr. George] is a real visionary. I think the idea of dropping everything, leaving everything behind, you have to have a certain kind of confidence—a vision.” – Vanessa Roth, Director, Daughters of Destiny

Daughters of Destiny is available for streaming on Netflix.

Learn more about Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project by visiting their website.

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The “Third-Party Seller”: Book Flippers

By: Charlotte Lackney

Gonzalez, Neil. Gadget Hacks, 2015, https://img.gadgethacks.com/img/25/72/63556028029882/0/scan-book-barcodes-stores-for-quick-access-reviews-android.1280×600.jpg. Accessed 2022.

All book lovers—or book hoarders if you’re like me—have at some point sold a book or two. There comes a time when you run out of room on your shelf and find that perhaps it’s time to make some new room. It’s a nice feeling; you clear out space for new books and get paid to do it. Unsurprisingly, there are people who do this for a living. From selling to students to thrifting and selling on Amazon, the book flipping market is a lot larger than one might expect, and there’s a lot of money to be made doing it.

Book flippers search for inventory at library sales, yard sales, Facebook Marketplace, thrift stores, and other websites such as letgo.com and offerup.com. They consider the eScore (how many days in the last six months at least one copy of the book was sold), sales ranking, and the predicted profit when accumulating inventory. The most common genres flipped are education, religion, arts and crafts, sheet music, and non-fiction. Surprisingly, fiction makes book flippers little to no profit (which I would personally like to label a great injustice). Not so surprising, however, is that book flippers jump at the chance to buy and resell textbooks.

For students, buying textbooks is the worst part of starting a new semester. They’re overpriced, limited in quantity, and can be hard to find if the university bookstore is sold out. The go-to outside of the bookstore is, of course, Amazon. You can find the same textbooks for both similar and lower prices, although more often than not, the “lower” prices are simply a ten-dollar difference (although to students this huge, and we will take a deal where we can get it). The third-party sellers that those students are buying from, though, are the same ones that purchased the textbooks from last semesters’ students for dirt cheap. While the students buy the books for upwards of $200 and sell them for a small fraction of the price, their buyers—book flippers—mark up the price once more for the rolling semester and make a profit. A con, if you ask me, but such is the way of a side hustle.

Flipping books doesn’t disappoint as a side hustle, either. According to successful book flipper Charlie Williams in an interview with Nick Loper for Side Hustle Nation, the best method is to “buy low, sell high.” He doesn’t buy anything under 100% ROI (return on investment), so that for every ten dollars he spends, he expects to bring in twenty. He typically spends one to two dollars per book and has in the past sold them for as much as $154 (this is easily recognizable in textbook sales). His gross sales amount to $9000, although after deducting Amazon’s seller’s fees and software subscriptions, Williams’s net profit comes out to $4000/month. Forty percent net profit, he says, is standard for book flippers.

It’s fascinating how much effort and dedication it takes to find books that will sell and to turn a two-dollar purchase into a profit. Book flipping also keeps the circulation of books going long after the initial sale of the book. I like to think that the books that I gave away are still being read and sold, and read and sold repeatedly. It’s nice to have books on a shelf, but it’s even nicer to think about how many other people are going to get the chance to read a book you spent hours bent over yourself. It’s like a little community with a well-loved title at the center.


Check out Side Hustle Nation to learn more about Charlie Williams and his experience in book flipping!

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Learning a New Language: Online Applications

By: Abigail C. Ross


Brindle, Dana. “Advice on Learning a New Language from People Who Speak Up to 16.” AFAR, AFAR, 30 June 2021, https://www.afar.com/magazine/advice-on-learning-a-new-language-from-people-who-speak-up-to-sixteen.

Learning a new language can be difficult, especially if you are teaching yourself a second or third language. Despite the hardships that you may encounter with language study, there are a myriad of benefits that come with new word comprehension. In the long run, you will develop a better memory, be a stronger multi-tasker, and think quicker on your feet. A second or third language can impact the types of career you can have, making the possibilities of finding a job endless. But most importantly, a new language opens the door of communication to a number of individuals around the world.
 
You might be thinking, well—how do I learn a new language? Should I take a class, or see if I can learn online? The answer is ultimately up to you, but in today’s day and age the improvement of online applications provides a great and often free service. Apps like Duolingo, Busuu, and Babbel are easy to download on your phone. Whenever you have some free time, take a couple courses and see your learning skyrocket over time. Each application lets you move at your own pace, so there is never any rush!

Here is more information about the online applications below:

Duolingo.
Duolingo is one of the most popular educational applications that the internet has to offer! The app is free for users. All you have to do is click download, then start learning any new language of your choice. Duolingo starts with the basics, like common words and phrases. Then, as you gradually move to higher levels you begin piecing sentences together and practice speaking in the new language. The online application is available universally, and the game-style design makes your learning experience even more fun!

https://www.duolingo.com/ 

Busuu.
Busuu provides personalized lessons for users to learn even faster, to enhance language fluency. The app is largely education-level based, so you are still able to move at your own pace. First you begin with beginner and elementary, then move to intermediate and upper-intermediate. Busuu allows you to interact with native speakers over the phone to improve your skills overall. With 22 hours of learning a new language with the app, you are completing a full semester at college. You will learn how to listen, read, speak, and write in the language of your choice with steady progress!

https://www.busuu.com/en/p/start-learning

Babbel.
With Babbel, not only are you learning a new language, but also exposing yourself to a new culture as well. The app teaches you how to link language and culture to gain an all new experience. Their lessons are created by teachers who are dedicated to helping you understand the words, no matter what level you are at. Depending on which language you choose, the online application has a podcast called “Babbel Live,” where you can listen to people speak back and forth. They work to further ingrain the new language into your mind!

https://about.babbel.com/en/  

The chances to learn a new language in our world are truly infinite. No matter which online application you choose—Duolingo, Busuu, Babbel, or something else—a second or third language is possible! Individuals are learning new languages everyday, highlighting how essential language study has become. Think of the places you can travel, the people you can meet, and the opportunities you can seek. You can even boast a bit when telling others you know different words and phrases! The world is yours.

For more information, follow the link below:
https://www.middlebury.edu/language-schools/blog/why-you-should-learn-second-language-and-gain-new-skills

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A Closer Look / The Tender Bar: A Memoir

By: Abigail C. Ross

MOEHRINGER, J. R. “Tender Bar: A Memoir.” Amazon, PERSEUS BOOKS GROUP, 2021, https://www.amazon.com/Tender-Bar-Memoir-J-R-Moehringer/dp/B000JGWE36.

In an interview with Fresh Air, John Joseph Moehringer described what the men at Publican’s bar represented to him. He said, “So from a very early age, I was spending, you know, a good bit of time around these guys. I was never sitting at the bar with a scotch in front of me. It wasn’t that strange. But—and in fact these guys were pretty careful, conscientious babysitters until the time that I was of legal age” (NPR). From a young age, they made him feel important. Sharing relationships with these types of people seemed impactful to Moehringer, and became the central part of his memoir The Tender Bar.

Moehringer, also known as “J.R.,” is an American journalist and author. He spent the duration of his childhood in Manhasset, New York, then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in the early 80s. He attended Yale University and jump-started his journalism career working with the New York Times as a news assistant. While moving across the country, working for other companies like the Rocky Mountain News and the Los Angeles Times—Moehringer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing (1998), then the Pulitzer again in (2000). Shortly after receiving these rewards, Moehringer decided to write his novel The Tender Bar.

The Tender Bar is a memoir based on J.R.’s life. He grew up with a single mother, living in and out of his grandparent’s house in New York. Moehringer rarely saw his father, who worked as a disc jockey for a local radio company. He nicknamed his father “The Voice,” because J.R. would often listen to his shows through speakers at their home. Throughout the book, Moehringer expressed his feelings of grief and loneliness having never grown up with a solid father figure. At the center of the memoir is J.R.’s mother, Dorothy, who told her brother Charlie to take J.R. under his wingwhich turned out to be the best experience the author ever had.

Instead of taking Moehringer to the beach or downtown, as Dorothy instructed, “Uncle Charlie” brought him to a bar down the street called Publicans. Moehringer described having made a bond with not only the bar itself, but all the male customers who drank there. Every person J.R. meet had a different story, and he was fascinated by the advice these men gave him. The author created narratives around each “character,” like “Stinky,” “Fast Eddy,” and “Bob the Cop,” who were regulars at Publicans.  

Originally, Moehringer’s mother wanted him to be a lawyer and make good money for them to live a better life. This is when J.R. applied to Yale University, despite his doubts about getting in. He looked up to the famous literary figure F. Scott Fitzgerald, who also grew up in Manhasset and attended an Ivy League school. He wanted to be a writer and ended up, after all, getting into Yale. J.R. still went to Publicans frequently to visit the regulars and his Uncle Charlie, who worked there for years. They continued to give him points on his future and love life, where Moehringer fell behind.

The bar’s original owner named Steve retired in the late 80s. At that point in time, J.R. was living in New York City, struggling as a news assistant working for the New York Times. He reminisced about Publicans and nicknamed it “the tender bar” because of all the memories he and the men shared there. Moehringer still had feelings of emptiness because every man at Publicans left an impact on his life. The memoir ended on a hopeful notewhere J.R. wished the best for the men at Publicans and planned to possibly own a bar in the future.

For more information, read about their interview below:

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/161807054

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Making Your Schedule

By: Abigail C. Ross

Sada, José María Guillén. “To-Do Lists for Students – Task & Time – Pros and Cons.” Task & Time, 4 May 2021, https://taskntime.org/en/2020/12/02/to-do-lists-for-students/.

Do you find that there are just not enough hours in your day-to-day life? It can be a struggle to plan your schedule on a daily basis, or even for the week. Sometimes, you try to remember everything you have to do in your head, then end up forgetting each one the second they unconsciously slip away. Attempting to juggle every thought in your mind isn’t going to help you in the long-run. The truth is, in order to work with efficiency you must write a to-do list or have some other form of note keeping, like post-it notes or text reminders. 

Creating a strict schedule each day or week can lead to a successful future. Studies show that a routine can boost productivity and creativity, whether this be in the workplace or in a school setting. It can be beneficial to sit down in the morning with either a planner or blank sheet of notebook paper, and write everything down. Make this a habit, one that you become adamant about and promise yourself not to break. Just think of the time in the future you will have if this task was executed every day or week. 

Here are some step-by-step tips for general scheduling:

  1. Use bullet points or dashes.

You don’t want to overwhelm yourself, especially right off the bat. It becomes essential not to go into too much detail about exactly what you need to do, because for the most part you already have a solid idea. Jot down a few “recall” words or phrases that will jog your memory when the time comes. This could look something like, “Write a discussion post for LI-303-01” or “Write a blog post for CE.” A few bullet points or dashes each day or week will make your list seem doable!

  1. Make time for breaks.

Not many people think of this one, but taking breaks throughout your day and week is truly crucial. The human body cannot handle a long period of time without rest. You would be unable to function, not able to get any work or schooling done in a proper fashion. Schedule in your meal breaks or even just “chill time.” This could look like taking 30-45 minutes a day to have time for yourself, which will add up in the following weeks. It works!

  1. Let it flow.

There are 364 days in a year (and on leap years, there are 365)! Sometimes your schedule doesn’t always go as planned, as a result of different circumstances. Perhaps you slept in late by accident, meaning that you either missed class or were late for work. Maybe, by the end of the day, you are just too tired to keep pushing forward with homework or work, so you take a nap instead. This is all okay—the “flow” of everything will fall back into place the next day or week. It won’t be perfect every time, so don’t stress! This is a process.

Overall, creating a schedule that you can abide by during your day-to-day life, even weekly life, can help you see your priorities from a better angle. Once the things you need to do are out of your brain and on paper, you can understand your tasks in a finer light and put everything into perspective. You will become the dynamic individual you always wished to be. But don’t get discouraged if you don’t finish your schedule sometimes, it happens to the best of us. Finding the right balance and type of schedule can be tough, but take this time to discover what works best for you!

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How to Prepare Professional Emails

By: Abigail C. Ross

7ESL. “How to Write a Professional Email: 9 Simple Steps • 7ESL.” 7ESL, 2 Apr. 2021, https://7esl.com/how-to-write-a-professional-email/.

How often do you send emails to your boss? Or maybe your professor? Before drafting your email, you might think about how formal the writing should be. Although you are an employee, student, or the like, it’s still important to ensure that you sound pleasant and open the lines of communication with your higher-ups. That’s the reason they hired you! In these cases, you want them to see the time you have put into cultivating an email that is informative and easy to follow.

It can be challenging to make a good impression through the screen when sending an official email. Not only do you have to be on the lookout for typos, spelling errors, or grammatical shifts—but also how you “appear” through an online persona. Your higher-ups will envision that you are put-together if your email is formal and without grammatical problems. They will be first-hand witnesses of the effort you put in the email. Imagine you are sliding the email in an envelope, with a stamp and an address—ready to ship it off for good!

Here’s a step-by-step “how-to” on creating the perfect professional email:

  1. The introduction

Decide how you want to introduce yourself. Impressions are essential in the professional world. On the surface, a proper introduction does not seem like a big deal, but it matters! To sound more formal, you may write “Hello ____” instead of “Hey there.” Sometimes, you can add a bit more to the opening to reveal your friendly side. For example, this might look like, “Hello ____, I hope you are having a great day!” This, in turn, will help your personality shine through the screen!

  1. The body

This is the toughest part. Firstly, drafting your email often comes down to what it is exactly that you want to tell your professor, employer, or whoever else this might be. Maybe you are letting them know you will be out of class for the day, or that you are running late to work. Either way, it’s crucial to plan out the words you use to enhance your email’s readability and have your higher-ups gain an understanding of your position. If you did not prepare this email, they would not otherwise know!

  1. The conclusion

How to end the email? Impossible! After having written so much, you may feel like the email is not complete. You will question: did I forget to add anything? But, chances are, you have everything down pat. By the conclusion of your email, thank your higher-ups. They work just as hard, if not more than you do. Tell them that you appreciate their patience. This might look something like, “Thank you so much ____, I appreciate your kindness and understanding!”

At times, professional emailing might drive you crazy. You might contemplate how you sounded, or if the position you took was valid. Although it’s difficult to let go, you must recognize that as a student, employee, or whoever else you are—you put your best foot forward. As long as you revise your emails by reading them over and checking for smaller issues, like tense changes or accidental misspellings, you can feel confident in your emailing skills. After that, sit back, relax, and wait for their response. This can be nerve-wracking, but have no worries, with a great professional email everything will come together just fine!

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Stress: The Driving Component

By: Abigail C. Ross

Kankousky Houston, Michelle. “Common Life Stressors and Their Impact on the Workplace.” Insperity, 11 Feb. 2020, https://www.insperity.com/blog/life-stressors/.

Do you wish stress didn’t take up so much space in your life? There are so many things going on the day-to-day that it can be difficult to remain relaxed. Perhaps you are attending college or have a full-time job. Maybe you are newly married or have a newborn baby to take care of. Or sometimes, it seems like there isn’t even a reason for you to be experiencing stress. And when you are too stressed, your overall well-being suffers.

Stress is the body’s normal response to anything that you cannot physically, emotionally, or mentally handle in the current moment. Despite your experiences challenging you, and you questioning whether or not you have the capability to get by, your system was made for this. According to Cleveland Clinic, stress helps you more than harms you. They write: “Stress responses help your body adjust to new situations. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated and ready to avoid danger.” However, too much stress can result in symptoms that cause other health problems in the future.

The feeling, without “relief” or “relaxation” can have a damaging effect on your behavior and emotions. You could experience anxiety and depression, irritability, panic attacks, or even just general sadness. Potentially, this can lead you to participate in dangerous or risky activities, like gambling, alcohol or drug abuse, smoking, or eating disorders. It becomes crucially important for you to manage your stress and maintain a happy relationship with yourself and others. Everyday, you are pushing forward—trying your very best to function at a high level for each responsibility you take on.

There is already so much stress that exists in the “real world,” but the feeling has also made its home in social media. The Pew Research Center states that individuals are feeling especially stressed in the age of technology, writing: “There is more information flowing into people’s lives now than ever—much of it distressing and challenging. There are more possibilities for interruptions and distractions. It is easier now to track what friends, frenemies, and foes are doing and to monitor raises and falls in status on a near-constant basis. There is more social pressure to disclose personal information.” You exist in an era where there is a physical and social world, so how could you possibly stay de-stressed? 

There are ways that you can significantly dial down your stress, and it’s about finding which avenue is best for you. Some choose exercise, a hobby, or maybe talking to a therapist for a few months. A path of your choosing might reduce or even “subdue” your stressors at large. It is essential for you to discover what’s right for you because you could evolve in unimaginable ways. In the meantime, take it easy. Life is about enjoyment and satisfaction. No matter how much stress you endure, whether you are in college, have a full-time job, are newly married, have a baby, or whatever the circumstances may be—your overall strength is what matters. Find your peace!

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A Guide to Mission Statements

By: Abigail C. Ross

Knilans, Gerri. “How to Develop Corporate Mission Statements.” Trade Press Services, 25 Nov. 2019, https://www.tradepressservices.com/mission-statements/.

Do you own a business? Or, are you planning to own a business at some point in your lifetime? If so, you are in the right place to find out more about how fantastic mission statements are created! Primarily what a mission statement does is suggest to your customers or clients what your business is, and why the product or service can be substantial for them. Some mission statements are shorter than one sentence, while others are up to a paragraph in length. This greatly depends on your preference, but also on how much information you wish to reveal to the individuals reading.

Mission statements are important because they maintain integrity and professionalism through the business lens. They offer your customers or clients clear guidelines that suggest your ultimate purpose—to seek clarity in the business goals proposed. Whoever stumbles upon your mission statements, whether this be an employer, employee, customer, client, or person at random, they should gain a sense of what your individual values and beliefs are as well.

Here is how to cultivate a mission statement worth reading:

  1. Being brief is key.

As an owner, you most likely have so much to write about your business! But, with your mission statement become as concise as possible. Think about the top three concepts you want your readers to take away from your mission statement, then generate short sentences that convey these needs. This can be challenging, but remember—more information about your business will be displayed all over your website, so have no fear!

  1. Provide a difference.

You want the mission statement you have created to stand out from the rest. This can be stressful! But think about how your business differs from your competitors. Try to come up with a couple of sentences about why customers or clients need your products and services. There is a reason you are starting this business, so show your readers how your work shines against others.

  1. Stay “on the nose.”

When you start a business, everything you have spent time working on is new. Make sure to be precise with the products, and services you currently offer. Do not overload your reader with information that is not quite realistic or relevant to your business yet. Starting out small is always a good idea, and can prevent you (as a new business owner) from burning out on the first run. Stay “on the nose” and on your path to success!

  1. Hold on for the ride!

You create a business and a job that you love. You have employers looking to you, and employees looking out for you. All you need is the perfect mission statement to solidify it all. Work your magic, get in the zone, and create something that resembles your business and what you stand for. Slow down and enjoy the process. This will take effort, time, energy, and money to pursue!

When writing the mission statement for your business, keep all of these components in mind. That way, you can cultivate a clear and concise message to your audience about this new business you have always dreamed about. Your mission is what matters, and this will continue to project your business to others in a positive, meaningful way!

For a more thorough guide, check out the link below:

https://www.ownr.co/blog/mission-statement-examples-and-guide/

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The Long-Term Planner

By Abigail C. Ross

Are you a planner? Or, perhaps—a procrastinator? Trying to plan out long-term goals in your life can be stressful. Many individuals do not peer far into the future, solely because they fear what’s to come. Family and friends will often influence the goals you express—whether they are related to education, career, or just life in general. You might ask yourself, am I making the right decision for me or for someone else? With long-term goals come hardcore planning, organization, and forethought about what’s in store for you. 

If you are a faithful procrastinator, no worries—this guide is going to help determine your objectives with the snap of two fingers. The aim is to gain an understanding of why long-term goals are evidently essential to crafting the life you have always wanted. A vision, if you will. Forward-thinking is a must and important in discovering your true destiny in life. Once you have this down-pat, there is nothing stopping you!

Here is a guide to long-term planning below:

  1. Prepare an illustration.

This is easier said than done, but imagine what you would love to see yourself doing ten or even twenty years from now. Sit down and sketch each year out on paper. You could write blurbs underneath each year or even tiny drawings. The plan will look different for everyone, especially depending on your age. But create a clearer picture in your mind, because you only live once!

  1. Step-by-step instructions.

Sometimes it is better to see your life on a smaller scale. This does not mean that you minimize your goals; rather, take them into account little by little—allowing room for yourself to grow and shift accordingly. Perhaps you could make daily running lists or to-do lists that feel effortless. Ultimately, you will be leading up to your long-term goals at a steady pace that is not overwhelming.

  1. Drawback.

We often think of our lives in a linear fashion. For example, “I will do this, and then I will do that,” and so on. However, this is not always the case when it comes to becoming the long-term planner you always wanted to be. Do some role-play thinking: if I was X, what should I be doing now (Y)? Not only will this decrease your probability of procrastination—but it will also have you thinking in creative ways!

  1. Buckle up and have patience.

Nothing good comes from being impatient (just like being the faithful procrastinator). So, consider taking charge of your life and having patience with yourself to make the right decisions about your future. You know you best—utilize this idea to your advantage. Have a balance of risk-taking, but also remain in your comfort zone. Challenge your thinking and contemplate over what you want your life to look like. Don’t live in the eyes of others!

Becoming a long-term planner takes dedication to ensuring your life is on the right track. You want to be successful and prosper in your education, career, and life in general. Take this guide and fly high—your life is what is on the table. Long-term goals will grant you the opportunities you have always wished for, as long as you take the initiative. Everything is in your hands, so sit in the driver’s seat and drive.

For more tips, check out this guide: 

https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/mymncareers/finish-school/long-short-goals.html

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