Monday, September 8, 2014

You can shape your life – take a step.

So many times I hear students and teachers make reference to the ‘REAL WORLD’.

“You’re going to need to know this when you get out in the real world.”

“I don’t need Shakespeare in the real world.”

The ‘real world’ seems to be some time in the future when actual life begins, for serious – after high school, after college, after moving out on your own. And it occurs to me that if you are waiting for real life to begin, you are wasting some pretty precious days and years of that life.

I encourage you to think of now – today – as your life and being at SC as the ‘real world’. Start living these days with some purpose. Own who and what you are. I’d like to suggest a book or two that might help you structure your days and find your purpose. You don’t have to set life goals to begin living your life; set some goals for this afternoon, tomorrow, for the week or month.

Take a look at Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens; it even has a companion workbook to give you an opportunity to think about and practice those habits. Or Covey’s The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make (decisions you are actually beginning to make right now).

Try The Teen’s Guide to World Domination: advice on life, liberty and the pursuit of awesomenesss by Josh Shipp. This very entertaining book also can be personalized to your thoughts and experiences.

And, one of my favorite think-about-your-life books, The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck. This one is a bit more philosophical but makes some excellent points about living in a more meaningful manner.

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