Inspiration

Taylor Roar, 21-years old, UMD, Class of 2020 There’s no simple way to conceptualize everything that’s happening in the world right now. The moment everyone realized COVID-19 was a serious health risk, it felt like the world stopped.  All of our lives have been affected. There’s a universal feeling of anxiety surrounding the seemingly infinite unknowns we’re forced to sit with, all without the support of the loved ones we’d usually be able to lean on. For me, the most devastating blow was the sudden end of my college career. As a senior, I had so many loose ends I planned to tie up. I never would’ve guessed I’d attend my final lecture and have my last college night out on the town without the chance to savor those moments. Having that realization has caused me nothing short of grief.  The greatest thing I’ve done during this time is allow myself plenty of time to acknowledge those painful feelings. I know whatever you’ve lost may seem small in comparison to a pandemic, but however your life has been affected is valid. And the way you choose to mourn these sudden changes is valid as well. Some of us make internet memes that keep us smiling through the pain and others remember our lives as they once were and cry. Acknowledge what you feel, in the healthiest way for you. 
I’m 20 years old, and have had plenty of experience with failure. I didn’t get into any of my top three colleges (sorry, Maryland). I’ve screwed up on an article for my high school newspaper. I’ve missed three crucial penalty kicks in soccer matches at all levels of play (trust me, it’s an English thing.) Through all these failures, I’ve always had people around me for a pick up, an urge to keep going. Sometimes, though, that’s not enough. Sometimes, an outside perspective, maybe even from a complete stranger, is more helpful. Before listening to the Time4Coffee podcast, I thought all of the most successful people in the world have never done wrong on a major scale. I’m happy to say I was proved wrong. Indeed, some renowned figures across all fields have experienced enormous failures and adversity. Yet their headstrong mentality has kept them going, even spun the failure into a good thing — which was not only a major takeaway but also a massive inspiration for me. 
I have a confession to make and I’m doing it on LinkedIn, the global networking platform for professionals, in the hopes I’ll be able to encourage other successful professionals, like you, to join me in shaking off a stigma.   Here it is:  I was fired twice in my 40’s.  The first time I was 43 read more>>>
Dear College Seniors, If you haven’t figured out yet what career you’re going to pursue when you graduate in May 2020, and you feel like there’s something wrong with you because you haven’t, I have an open secret to share with you. Most of us didn’t have a clue! I don’t know who the person is who started perpetuating the myth, because that’s exactly what it is, that the majority of those who’ve graduated before you somehow had it all figured out when May rolled around.  But let’s find him and whack him upside his head! Far from being an outlier – you’re in the middle of the pack among your peers and that’s 100% normal.  
I genuinely do not think I have ever followed through with any new year's resolutions.  Have you?  Chances are you’re not one of the 8% of people who accomplish them. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days. I know this is an uninviting statistic but here's the punchline, in 2020, we’re not setting resolutions, we’re setting goals. 
Grit is what happens when hard work and dedication hook up and have a baby. It personifies a steely determination to get something done despite obstacles standing in your way. So many of the guests on T4C have had to cultivate grit, perhaps more than any other quality, to achieve their professional goals. But, if you’re anything like me -- a sophomore in college who is trying to figure things out -- that may seem intimidating, confusing and overwhelming to consider. Feeling like you don’t know where to start? Look no further; here are five proven ways to cultivate grit in your life.
Failure, to most, seems like one of the harshest seven letter words out there. Falling far short of your goals can be a terrible feeling. But when you go off the cliff, or face plant, it is crucial to look at those moments as opportunities to grow. Not accomplishing a certain goal, can provide many insights, which can later help fuel future professional achievements! Don’t believe me? Well, take it from some of our super successful Time4Coffee podcast guests. Below are the top 5 hacks as to why failing can actually be a good thing.
Every one of my family members knew where I was going to attend college: New York. There was no question about it even when my school of choice only offered me half of the tuition; even when their scholarship program rejected me; even after receiving no response to my letter that practically begged for more financial aid. So when the financial office at my NYC dream school told me that no amount of loans could help me to afford the school, I remember calling my brother on the phone in tears, crying so hard that I could barely stand from the pain in my abdomen.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
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