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Bad day

A lot of people have bad days.

A missed deadline, a dust-up with a colleague, a poorly received presentation. Spilled coffee is enough to ruin the days of some people.

But a massive tree limb through your windshield? Provides a clear dose of perspective.

How’s your day going?


There’s an old Latin saying, “Qui docet, discit” (He who teaches, learns.)

You don’t need to wait until you have a teaching certificate, a particular degree, or gray hair to pass on knowledge and skills and inspire others. Volunteer to become a mentor, either formally through a program at work or school or informally.

You know more than you think you know; you bring your own unique set of skills and life experiences to the table. If you don’t know the answer, merely reply, “I don’t know but I’ll find out.” (You might even approach each day with that very question.)

The best teachers don’t preach to others, they learn from others.


The election is in the rear-view mirror, but for some forward-looking people today is Day 1, not of a new presidential term, but of a new campaign.

While pundits, talking heads and bloggers dissect and debate what went “wrong” or “right” with the Obama-Romney campaign there are those already at work drawing up their four-year action plans in secret.

Potential candidates from both parties–and their strategists–now have designs on the Oval Office. By starting now, these individuals have a powerful force behind them; they know exactly what job they want in 2016 (either to be POTUS or work for him). Like Aesop’s tortoise, they’ve already begun the race.

You deserve to think boldly, too, and to take control of the only thing you can, your own personal destiny. Ask yourself, where do you want to be in 2016? Write it down where you can see it, and get started today.

Ancient answer

Hazard Zet Forward (Forward despite difficulty) Seton Hall University

Per Aspera Ad Astra (Through adversity to the stars) Stevens Institute of Technology

Palma Non Sine Pulvere (No reward without effort) Greensboro College

Perseverantia Vincit (Perseverance conquers) Temple University

Virtus Tentanime Gaudet (Strength Rejoices in the challenge) Hillsdale College

Maybe it’s not the accounting, the marketing, the finance or the French. It may not be the fraternity, sorority, internship or sports.

It might be carved in stone somewhere on campus, easily missed by students rushing to and from class and anxious about tomorrow’s test, Friday’s date, and next year’s job prospects.

But it’s there, the answer, a conspicuous secret, and serves as an important takeaway from four years at college. But these mottos–timeless short blurbs in Latin–often aren’t fully understood without the benefit of experience.