Tired of the same old routine day after day? Need a jump-start for your enthusiasm? Try these tips.
1. Find out how much an education can be worth to you. “I’m not going to college or trade school after high school. I just want to get a job and start earning money.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? Does it make sense moneywise to get additional training after high school? Let’s find out:
Lifetime Earnings (USA)
High School Dropout $515,589
High School Graduate $889,156
2 Years of College $1,294,454
4 Years of College $1,890,360
(Business Week Magazine, Sept. 19, 1988)
Of course, there are no guarantees. It is possible for a college graduate to earn very little, while some people with little or no school become wealthy. But, on the average, it pays to get some kind of training after high school, either in college or at a trade school. The additional learning will also enrich your life in ways that can’t be measured in a bank balance.
3. Take some difficult classes. The secret about a difficult class is that it often ends up like belonging to a small club. The teacher may love the subject material so much that he or she will do everything possible to help you like it too. And if you’ll come to class and work a little every day on the course, the teacher will help you get through it.
Here’s how you do it. When you’re leaving class, you say, “That was really good what you said about (fill in the blank). I never thought about that before. It was interesting.”
That’s it. That’s all it takes.
Why bother? Because grown-ups hardly ever get compliments. Some adults go their entire lives never having anyone tell them they’re doing okay. They need it. And you need it too.