Colorado: Students get lesson on grit at success seminar

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Incoming freshmen at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) have been taking part in a Student Success Seminar throughout the fall semester aimed at helping them start higher education on the right foot. During a finale for the seminar, students in NJC's agriculture department heard from two of the college's graduates who spoke about the importance of grit in school and beyond. 

During a finale for the seminar, students in NJC's agriculture department heard from two of the college's graduates who spoke about the importance of grit in school and beyond.

Richard Fagerlin—founder and president of Peak Solutions, author of "Trustology: The Art and Science of Leading High-Trust Teams," and a TED Talks speaker—discussed his 10 keys to success:

  • Do your job well;
  • Add value to people's lives;
  • Ask questions;
  • Learn from experienced colleagues;
  • Persevere through tough jobs;
  • Use higher education to gain experience;
  • Connect your talents with your passion;
  • Focus on what kind of experience you want out of a job;
  • Prioritize your life; and
  • Be the best version of yourself.

Brett Kaysen—a former teacher of animal science at Colorado State University and the current western U.S. team leader for the pork side of animal health company Zoetis—discussed 16 steps to "creating a brilliant you," which include:

  • Don't be scared to fail;
  • Be industrious;
  • Have passion for your job;
  • Have integrity;
  • Be organized;
  • Get involved;
  • Be enthusiastic;
  • Network;
  • Be open to learning; and
  • Have a positive attitude.

(Jones, Journal-Advocate, 12/2).

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