Category Archives: Smart College Career Moves

Knowing Your Career Field is Worth its Weight in Gold!

Posted on October 17, 2016

As the founder of Zero Adversity Training & Coaching, I know how information can build a confident presence. What it comes to getting an internship or job after college, the better you are prepared, the more marketable you become. This Smart College Career Moves tip stresses exactly what students can do to stay on top of developments in their career field as they work towards their degree.

Beyond the 3D: How to Create Instantaneous Authentic Connections

Posted on September 26, 2016

One of the most challenging things for people is making an instant connection with someone. In this episode of Beyond the 3D, Michael J. Russ and co-host, Glenn Brooks detail the 13 key points you can use to increase your relational intelligence so you can create an instantaneous authentic personal connection with anyone. Join the conversation. Let us know what you think of the key points we cover and if there is something you would include on the list. Happy relating!

Smart College Career Move #9: Choose Personal Responsibility Over Blame

Posted on July 11, 2016

The one certainty in life is that things will happen–some good and some not. Resist choosing the role of victim, and all of the emotional baggage that goes with it, when you are personally sideswiped by adversity. Instead, take the high road and immediately accept responsibility for your part in what has happened. The most important reason for accepting responsibility for everything that happens in your life is to maintain control of your personal power and energy. Blame gives your power and energy away to the event, leading to feelings of helplessness, feeling out of control, resignation, regret, guilt, despair, and possibly even depression. What’s important to remember is that you can never change anything that’s already happened, only react or respond to it. Accepting responsibility empowers you to accept something for what it is—an event from which you can learn—leaving you free to devise creative solutions, actively work through…..

Smart College Career Move #4: What Did I Say? The 7 Words That Hold You Back

Posted on May 24, 2016

Your inner conversation, also known as self-talk, exerts more influence over your attitude, achievement, time, success, happiness, relationships, and overall prosperity than you can imagine. Self-talk is best defined as the thoughts and words you use to describe you and what you are doing. Regardless of whether your inner conversation remains in your head or is expressed out loud to others, there are seven words that can hold you back. These words are: hard, difficult, tough, impossible, can’t, try and never, and usually make an appearance when referencing future actions, especially those related to adversity. Why should you stop using these seven words? Aside from focusing on the negative, they generate additional mental adversity to overcome and sow seeds of doubt that prevent you from making a full commitment. Do you occasionally find yourself saying, this is going to be hard, I can never remember names, or it will be…..

Smart College Career Move #3: Start Planting the Seeds of Success NOW

Posted on May 13, 2016

I found myself watching the X-Games one summer day and couldn’t help but think about how easy the athletes made things look. The BMX bikes twisted, spun, and cart wheeled with delicate precision, the motocross riders laid out, jumped over, flipped, and let go of their cycles at altitudes that would make me queasy, and the skateboarders choreographed artistic movements with a flat board and wheels that seemed to defy the basic laws of physics. Each competitor would be the first to tell you that the secret to making the movements look so easy is years of massive mental and physical preparation. This would include enough failed attempts and injuries to properly learn the moves, followed by enough success to instill the confidence to do them successfully in competition. If everyone prepared for their life and career like these X-games athletes, this world would be light years ahead of where…..

Smart College Career Move #2: Connect with Your Why

Posted on April 27, 2016

Being smart about college or university is imperative. Four years of college is a long time to stay focused and connected to a single goal. With this amount of time, it’s easy to drift or become distracted. This is why it’s important to do everything you can to remain driven, motivated, and on track. You can do this by staying connected to the why. Your why is the reason or purpose behind your intention, goal, or vision. Your why is the rudder that keeps your life, actions, and energy focused and on track. Without a real connection to why you are doing something, you become easily distracted and led farther away from what you want to accomplish. In the words of Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” What is important is to connect passion to your why. When your why…..

Before Seeking a Job, Think Features and Benefits

Posted on February 26, 2016

I think we can agree that the ultimate goal of four or more years of higher education is to land a job. With that said, what I find most interesting is how so few students I speak with view a job interview, or an interaction with someone who could potentially employ them, as a sales process. Why is it important to view these situations from the point of view of a sale? Because this mindset sets the stage for how you prepare and the way you present yourself. A sale is made when someone is convinced that a product or service solves their problem. A job listing is evidence that a company has a problem–they need someone with a particular skill set, experience, state of mind, and personality to fill a specific position. The interview is a one-on-one opportunity to sell yourself as the candidate best suited for their open…..