Step up to challenges

“You have to attempt tasks that are challenging or that represent new experiences…If everything you attempt to do is easy, you’re not challenging yourself, and you are not growing like you otherwise could.”

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

Focus on Results

“You must focus on results if you want to be successful.  Focusing on effort is quite easy, but the ultimate measure of success is impactful results.  Realize that effort (activity) and accomplishment (producing results) are not the same.  Similarly, busyness (doing something) is not the same thing as productivity (doing something important).”

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

Be a Lifelong Learner

“Commitment to lifelong learning is critical to your continual progress and is a key characteristic of leaders who conquer increasingly difficult challenges.”

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

Play To Your Strengths

“We each have skills, abilities, and perspectives that allow us to make unique contributions.  The better you recognize your strengths and your unique ability to make a difference, the more ready you will be to leverage your opportunities. But your strengths will help you only if you use them!”

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

Know Where You Are Going

“Many people drift through life without any real direction or plan. These people may find success, but they may not.  You can increase your likelihood of achieving success by figuring out what you want in life, and then deliberately moving toward it.  The key is to be future-oriented and invest time in activities today that will benefit your future.”

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

Maintain a positive attitude.

“Your attitude has a great influence on your relationships, productivity, and happiness. If you want to be a successful leader, learn to maintain a positive attitude; this attitude will inspire and encourage the people around you. Furthermore, the right attitude will help you overcome setbacks and struggles you will encounter.”

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

Time management is crucial for success.

“You must manage your time so that you achieve your goals. Managing your time means that you spend time on your priorities, and it also means that you do not waste time on non-priorities… You may think you are making progress simply because you are busy. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, busyness can keep you from accomplishing anything meaningful by giving you a false feeling of accomplishment while stealing your time.”

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

Don’t let a loss defeat you.

“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.”

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