Be a great listener.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

We often listen with the objective of jumping in and making comments, or we try to immediately solve the problem the person is facing. These can be admirable objectives, but often, the person who is speaking simply wants to be heard.

 

Don’t give up.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

Your life is not defined by one bad grade on a test or in a class, by one failed project, by one missed opportunity, by one loss at a competition, or by one poor performance on the job. When you come up short, keep moving forward and strive for improvement.

 

 

Winners take advantage of opportunities to gain an advantage.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“Entire games often are won or lost in very brief moments. Winners in sports are those who gain an advantage, often only for a brief time. For example, how many times have you seen a basketball team go on a “ten-two run” in five minutes and then win the game by seven or eight points? The victory goes back to that brief five-minute period when they gained an advantage. You want to gain a similar advantage in life, and you can by engaging in the right opportunities. You must deliberately look for these opportunities and take advantage of them when they do come along.”