Edit and revise to make a good impression

Effective communication is absolutely critical to your success, both as a student, and as a human being! If you can’t communicate your ideas in a way that is easy to understand, you simply won’t have much of an impact on the people around you.

Learning to write well for communication is one of your biggest jobs here in school, and being able to edit and revise are part of writing well. This post on Firepole Marketing is a really great reminder about all of the little things that make a difference in whether or not people will be able to understand what you write. Please check it out!



13 Inspirational quotes from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela not only had a dream, but he created the systems and attitudes that made that dream come true. He connected with people personally, and he helped them connect to their inner better selves. He rallied his “troops”, fought and won a fight with words, and changed the course of his country’s history. Below are 13 quotes from the great man, that help all of us remember what is important in life (I got these quotes from Skip Prichard’s blog about leadership).

  • Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
  • It always seems impossible until it’s done.
  • It’s not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.
  • Lead from the back, and let others believe they are in front.
  • Where you stand depends on where you sit.
  • Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.
  • As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
  • Tread softly; breathe peacefully; laugh hysterically.
  • Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
  • Quitting is leading too.
  • Remember to smile.
  • After climbing a great hill, one finds that there are many more hills to climb.
  • I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

How to read a non-fiction book

As we head into summer, this podcast by one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Hyatt, gives some great tips for how to read a non-fiction book, and get the most out of it. He also shares some thoughts about reading fiction as part of a reading plan. Basically, all of the most successful leaders in our country – business and otherwise – are avid readers! Learn from one of the best, and kick your own reading-to-learn habit into gear!