20 Life Lessons – Tommie Blogs
Kate '18

20 Life Lessons

One of the most satisfying feelings is completing a class. In college, you will learn distinctive things from each course and in my Management 305 class, we learned valuable information to carry forth into both our personal and professional lives. I have learned a lot in this class, and can honestly say it was one of my favorites courses I have taken at St. Thomas. I truly believe this information is applicable to any person, and valuable content can be extracted from these simple, yet meaningful lessons. I took what I learned in the class and compiled a list of 20 life lessons to share with you.

1.) You are a manager. Use this time in your life to practice your management skills. These skills include decision making, time management, self-leadership, self-awareness and emotional intelligence, conflict management, critical thinking, self-motivation and political savviness.

2.) Learn when you need to be a manager and when you need to be a leader. You need to constantly be asking yourself, how can I create value?

3.) Be SMART goal orientated. Being goal orientated does not mean you have to be aggressive, it makes you focused. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, results orientated and time bound.

4.) Values. Hold firm to your own values and have the strength of character to stand up for your values. You can lose your soul in the midst of achieving your goals. As the manager, you set the tone. If you are compromising your values, that is the tone you are setting for everyone else.

5.) Mind the gap. Be mindful of the gaps that exist between the values you claim to have and the way you actually live your life.

6.) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Self-actualization is key. Learn to not be too focused in yourself and you will be more mindful of what is going on around you. Also remember happiness is a choice, you choose to be happy. You also need to learn to be content. Life happens, and you will need to reevaluate your goals along the way. Life is about the journey, and it’s not always the destination.

7.) Learn to ask the right kinds of questions. Don’t always sit back and listen to others. Ask the right questions at the right time. Don’t ever be afraid to ask why.

8.) Ethics. Practice being ethical and don’t tolerate being unethical. With every privilege comes great responsibility.

9.) Challenge yourself and anticipate what is to come. Learn to be comfortable with being a little uncomfortable. Think about what might need to be done. Be proactive rather than reactive. Learn to take initiative.

10.) Manage your energy. Time is finite, but energy doesn’t have to be.

11.) Boring people get bored. Boredom is a symptom of non-critical thinking.

12.) Losing is a lesson. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson, learn something from everything.

13.) Correcting your mistakes. When you realize you made a mistake, own up to it and then immediately take the steps to correct your mistake. Engaging in humility is crucial.

14.) Be deliberate and prepare. Don’t let things happen, make things happen. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

15.) Know the rules. Know the rules well enough to know which rules you can break.

16.) Always have a plan B. Have options, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket because you never know what could happen.

17.) Silence. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

18.) Life is full of character building experiences. Experiences lead to feedback. Take the time to reflect on feedback and learn something from that. This process results in growth.

19.) Moderation. Practice operating between extremes of deficiency and excess.

20.) HAVE FUN!!

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