5 Steroid Supplements to Your College Education

steroidsThe job environment for Millennials is still challenging. 70% of students are graduating with student debt, and the average amount is $33,000. The college degree alone doesn’t get the job done. Students must supplement their education, so that they are able to cash in their diploma or the career they want.

1. Learn from those that successfully navigated the waters that you aspire to swim. Do a simple Google search to find out who are the most successful people in the field that you want to get into. Then read articles, blog posts, or books about those people. After reading through everything available, try to reach out to them via a phone call or email. Make sure that if you are reaching out to these extremely successful people, have a specific question that you want them to answer. They are extremely busy. So if you want a response be concise and direct. If you follow those two rules of thumb it will increase your rate of response significantly.

2. Take an online course in something that you are interested in. There are amazing sites our there that are taking the education industry by storm. Coursera and Edx are just a few examples. These are great because you can take them on your own time and they cost absolutely nothing. Join me in my goal of taking 5 this year.

3. Offer to intern for free for someone that is in the top 10% in the world at what you want to do. Some of my best learning experiences in college were situations in which I worked for free in return for exposure to very intelligent people and real work experience. If you go work for someone with talent that is a good teacher, it could very well be one of the best decisions you make in your 4 years at college. There is no better time to do this then while you are in college.

4. Try to get an article or something published in a magazine, newspaper, or journal. The process of having to write something that adds value to people and manages to captivate peoples attention will really teach you how to write, There is something that is very intellectually stimulating about having to organize your ideas and research into a final product that is high quality enough to be read by thousands of people. If you do this enough, you will really see a dramatic improvement in your writing skills. This is coming from a person that never received an A in English or Literature but was able to publish a bestselling book. Real world writing is different then classroom writing. Try to get some real world writing experience while in school.

5. Sell something. It doesn’t matter if you go work in sales for a company or try to sell your own product that you create. Sales are not taught in school and EVERYONE is in sales. Most activities that we do in a day include some variation of selling. If you go on a date, you are selling/marketing yourself as a great partner. If you go in for an interview, you are selling yourself as a better candidate then those competing against you. If you are an entrepreneur trying to raise capital, you are selling your vision of growth to investors. Sales is a very important skill to improve, so go get some experience while still in school.

Get started on supplementing your education to make the most of your current investment. The ball is in your court to create the return on investment that you want.

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Grant Cardone put 10x on my Book sales, leading to an Amazon Bestseller

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I am a regular viewer of Cardone Zone and Young Hustlers, but I first came into contact with Grant when my Dad gave me his book for Christmas. My Dad said, “They won’t teach you this in business school: sales. No matter what you choose to go into you are selling in some way, and this guy has a lot of great lessons to share.” I finished The 10x Rule on that very day, and started following Grant throughout the rest of my college career. Here are three lessons that I have learned from him that helped me publish an Amazon Bestselling book at 21 years old.

Hustle can overcome a lot of obstacles. I had never received an A in Grammar, nor have I ever proclaimed to be strong in the subject. I felt that I had learned a lot through trying and failing many times with internships, and that I had a lot of value to add to students looking to jumpstart their career during school. I followed Grant’s advice of staying the road and being persistent. I went through six cover designers, and had many naysayers saying that a college kid couldn’t publish a book. In your darkest times where you are close to quitting, keep putting one foot in front of the other. And not only that, step up your effort levels to push yourself to be better.

Grant talks about setting the bar high and really driving towards that goals without making excuses. I wanted to write a book that helped the most students I possibly could, and I wanted to seek great mentors to guide me through the writing process. I knew writing my first book would be a long toil and I wanted some successful authors to reach out to for advice. I tweeted and emailed Grant several times and he responded with some amazing advice that has played a huge part in the books success. I think that is says a lot about Grant’s character that he took the time to respond to a stranger with advice. Thank you Grant!

It all comes down to selling product. You could write the best book this world has ever seen, but if no one knows about it then help and enjoyment is brought to very few. I am still in the process of working on my marketing and sales efforts but Grant’s content online and in his books has helped me get the book into Universities and high schools as required reading, and they have seen a lot of success with it.

In conclusion, thank you Grant for all your guidance in this process. Please check out Grant Cardone at the below links.

Twitter: @GrantCardone
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GrantCardone
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nwMfHx

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Just 9 Lessons We Can Learn from the Men and Women in Uniform

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Happy Memorial Day! Below are just 9 of the infinite number of lessons that we can learn from our men and women in uniform.

1. Attention to detail is critical. Polish your shoes. Make sure your uniform or outfit is in accordance to how it should be worn. Having a good appearance paves the way to positive interaction with the people you come in contact with. It also re enforces that the little things matter. If you cant do the small tasks well, then how will you perform with bigger ones?

2. Make your bed, and make your bed properly. In training all military personnel are required to make their bed to standards. Failure to do so results in severe punishment. Although we don’t face punishment, it is a great way to start your day. It will give you a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning, and it will help get you in a productive mindset.  Worst case is that you have a bad day, and it doesn’t help you. At least you have a made bed to look forward to getting into.

3.  Give yourself the best chance to be successful by fueling your body with the right nutrients and hydration. By putting in the best fuel possible into our bodies, we are optimizing our opportunity to succeed. Soldiers are very conscious of what they put in their bodies and how it affects their performance. So should we.

4. You can’t do everything on your own. Soldiers know that you can’t do everything on your own. The buddy system can often be the teamwork that you rely on to stay alive. Being a part of something much bigger then yourself and bonding with those around you can be one of the most enriching experiences that life has to offer.

5. Learn from the veterans. Veterans will say that there is nothing new in battle, just things that you haven’t learned yet. It is important, especially for the young and ambitious, to learn from those with more experience. Veterans in any field, including the military, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

6. Be able to bring your very best in the most trying moments in life. Our soldiers are forced to be the most focused and composed when under attack or at the apex of a mission. There is a very low margin for error at these critical times. We can also benefit by preparing to bring our best when the going gets tough. Be ready to step up when you are needed most.

7. Find the positive in any given situation. No one ever takes away your ability to choose your mental state. Our soldiers are faced with many stretches without proper food and hydration. They are pushed to their breaking point throughout training. Seeking the positive and staying focused on their purpose helps get them through the rough waters and dark times.

8. Never give up. Our soldiers have the opportunity to walk away and quit at any moment during training. They are pushed constantly mentally and physically. They are faced with many obstacles but the soldiers that serve our country didn’t quit. No matter what obstacles you are facing in life right now, don’t be a quitter.

9. Gratitude. These men and women put their lives at risk everyday to protect the freedom that we enjoy. The disappointments that seem so life altering in our lives don’t begin to measure up to what our soldiers face daily. These are amazing people that are willing to risk their life for our freedom without knowing who we are. The next time you see someone in uniform, go thank them for their service. And as it is Memorial Day, send a thank you note to those that you know that gave their life to protect our freedom.

Thank you to everyone that has served our country and to those that serve our country currently. We really appreciate your service.

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Be a First Round Draft

Here are 10 tips on how to become an all-star intern most any company will want to draft in the first round.

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1. Have a good attitude.

No one likes to work with someone that is irritable or is just outright uninterested. It is amazing how much of a difference just having a good attitude will do for you. Having a good attitude involves being excited to be a part of the organization, greeting people as you see them around the office, and never acting disgruntled with a task given to you. At the end of the day, you are an intern. Although most employers try their hardest to give you live tasks that will be beneficial for you, most internships will involve some tasks that aren’t the most exciting. If you are incapable of taking these assignments on and producing good work, there is a high chance that you will not get the more interesting work when it comes in.

2. Be the first one in the office in the morning and the last one to leave.
You are interning for someone that has taken a chance on you and believes in you enough to hire you. Don’t forget that it is a privilege while you are there. Take advantage of the opportunity and make every minute you are interning count. If you leave at 5:00 p.m., when you could have stayed until 6:00 p.m., you have let an hour of learning slip away. There are some people that are more intelligent than yourself in the given field, so take advantage of having access to them while you can.

3. Do not be a robot.
If the person you are working under gives you an assignment, don’t just do the bare minimum. Try to add more value or take the assignment the extra step in any way possible.

4. Go the extra mile without being asked.
If you have down time, don’t waste it. Learn what tasks add value to the person you are working for and spend the free time trying to make a work product that will help them in some way. This is hard to do in the first couple weeks, but you will be able to do so once you get into the rhythm of things. Don’t be surprised by how many people take notice of your efforts.

5. Ask good questions.
There is a fine line between the right amount of questions and asking too many. Always exhaust any and all resources at your disposal before approaching the person above you. Their time is very valuable and they don’t want to be spending a lot of time helping you with something that you could have found the answer to in a 5 second Google search.

6. Carry around a notebook with you at all times. Write down everything.
Anytime that you hear a term or acronym that you do not understand, write it down and look it up later. Keep a list of questions that you have, so that you can Google the questions later. If you can’t find the answer on your own then make sure to take the list of questions so that you aren’t just bringing one question multiple times throughout the day. I have found that people are much more appreciative of an intern coming and asking several questions together then to come up every couple of minutes to ask one question.

7. Own your work.
When you are starting with a new firm, everything you do is developing a brand for yourself. You want to establish yourself as the person that does great work. One of the ways you do this is by making sure you read voraciously and do as much to learn about the business before starting. Another way is to make sure, is to always print your work and check it before you send it to a superior. For some reason it is much easier to catch your work on paper than on a screen. Have you ever wondered why two students doing the same internship with the same interests come out with a different view of the experience? If you establish yourself as the person that produces error free work on time or early then you will get put on the most interesting work that comes in the door. If you make too many mistakes in the beginning, you will most likely get put on the mundane tasks that aren’t nearly as exciting.

8. Don’t assume the internship will teach you anything.
Try to teach yourself the work and skill set prior to joining. It will give you a leg up on other interns; while at the same time giving you the opportunity to take on more challenging projects.

9. If you are given flexibility to make your own projects, do so carefully.
Try to find something that you are knowledgeable of and that the company is lacking. Look to see if the company is expanding into a new market or customer segmentation. If they are, become the expert in that area. This means reading everything on the subject and any other material available to you. If the company doesn’t have any testimonials or isn’t experienced with video, this is your area to add value. A lot of students are able to bring value in the way of social media. This is great, but make sure you are utilizing social media with the purpose of increasing exposure and sales. This will dramatically increase your chances of securing a full time offer when you finish the internship.

10. Be Thankful.

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JAB, JAB, JAb to an Amazon Bestseller- Thank You Gary Vaynerchuk

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I first came across Gary Vaynerchuk when a mentor of mine sent me his book. Since then I have become a huge fan of his strategies with social media. After reading “Thank You Economy” and “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook”, I finally had the opportunity to put his strategies to the test for the launch of my first book. Keep in mind that everything with books was new to me, I am 22 years old, and I have never received an A in English.

In just 24 hours my book titled “Cash in Your Diploma hit the #2 spot on Amazon for books on Internships. Also, a very well respected university has already agreed to carry the book in their career class to be required reading for all students. And I did this by following Gary’s advice:

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Offered a Free Resume Template that has helped student attain internships with: Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and many entrepreneurial startups. I put this up on the blog , sent the template to my email newsletter subscribers, and distributed to the funders from my successful Indiegogo campaign.

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LIve Q&A for College Students and Universities. I put together a panel of students that I researched for the book and we answered any questions regarding college organizations to get involved in, finding the right internship, goal setting for college students, and adding value during an internship. I then distributed 5 free books to those in attendance. The free books led to posts of students reading the book on spring break and other interesting places.

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Sent Signed copies to people that subscribed to the “Cash in Your Diploma” newsletter. And received posts with pictures from the people that got copies.

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Right Hook: Upon Launching, I reached out to my Indiegogo Funders to posts a review since they received their first edition books prior to the release. I then reached out to 10 influential people that said they wanted to relay the book to their networks. I also directly asked the students that the book helped to refer the book to their high schools and colleges. I lined up blog posts with Production Hub and Buzz Feed by providing them with free tips for interns. The book makes a great graduation present to high school seniors, and I am trying to have the book held in Internship/Career classes in universities. Please let me know if you can help with high schools and universities.

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Check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Cash-Your-Diploma-Graduate-Dream/dp/0991634403/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Lastly, do yourself a favor and go buy “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook!” The sky is the limit when you add value to your customers first. In a world where everyone is asking all the time, giving stands out. When you provide value to people the ask becomes easy.

 

 

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Persistence

 

Abraham Lincoln

All to often I find college students fall prey to the following statement: “I sent in my application and I haven’t heard back from them. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Life Story of a Man:

Age 9:  his mother died.

Age 22: he lost his job because the company he worked for went bankrupt.

Age 23: Lincoln ran for state legislature and came in eighth out of thirteen candidates.

Age 24: he borrowed money to start a business. The business failed before the first fiscal year closed. The local government seized his possessions to pay off his debt. His partner died, leaving Lincoln with his partner’s debt as well. He spent several years paying off all the debt.

Age 25: he ran for state legislature again and finally won.

Age 26: he was engaged to a beautiful young woman, who died before the wedding could take place.

Age 27: Lincoln plunged into a depression and suffered a nervous breakdown.

Age 29: he wanted to become the speaker of the state legislature. He was defeated in a landslide.

Age 34: he campaigned for a U.S. congressional seat and lost.

Age 35: he ran for Congress again. This time he won.

Age 39: when his term ended, he was unemployed due to the single-term limit.

Age 40: he applied to be the commissioner of the General Land Office, but was rejected.

Age 45: he campaigned for the U.S. Senate and lost by six electoral votes.

Age 47: he was one of the contenders for the vice-presidential nomination at his party’s national convention. He lost.

Age 49: he ran for the U.S. Senate seat a second time. And for the second time, he lost.

Age 51: after a life full of failing, disappointing, losing loved ones, and setbacks, Abraham Lincoln was elected the sixteenth president of the United States.

Lincoln had plenty of opportunities to say it wasn’t meant to be, but he stayed hungry. When you feel like things weren’t meant to be or that you should quit remember Honest Abe.

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Why you need an internship now!

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Internships are the new Bachelors degree. Everyone knows that the B.A. isn’t worth what it used to be 10 years ago. 53% of college students are unemployed or underemployed. Internships allow you to network, learn what interests you, and develop tangible skills.

1. Network- Whether you think about it or not, you naturally develop relationship with people in the office. When you perform and do good work- you create evangelists that will be critical for references moving forward. While in the internship make a point out of trying to attend any event that there will be an opportunity to meet new people.

2. Learn what interests you- My first financial internship was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their Private Wealth Management Group. It was a great experience and I really learned a lot. I thought it was a career I wanted to pursue after school, but after being in the job for 5 months, I learned that I wanted to get a more analytical skill set. This was very helpful to learn as a sophomore. (Hat tip to Bill and Frank, whom are still great mentors/advisors to me)

3. Start to develop a skill set- Now a days, there is no such thing as corporate job security. Adding value and bringing a skill set to the table are the only things that will give you job security. Get started now!

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Goal Setting Excercise

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1. Go buy a $3.00 legal pad at a local office goods store.

2. Write down your one year goals first and then your daily goals EVERY MORNING when you wake up. (Refer to the book for the detailed steps in establishing your annual and daily goals)

3. Write down your goals every night before you go to bed. Hold yourself accountable and see how you did for the day.

 

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