Blog Post #466 WHY #2

Getting to WHY – part 2

George Mallory was a British mountaineer who made three attempts at climbing Mount Everest.  On the third climb, it was unsure if they made the summit and then died or died before getting to the summit.  An eyewitness said he saw to figures close to the summit, but it was confirmed if they made it or not.

But asked about “Why he climbed Mount Everest”; Malloy gave a famous quote “Because it is there”.  That really isn’t much of a ‘why” answer. There are a lot of things “there”. Why did I go to the new grocery store?  Because it is there?

My analysis suggests that Mallory deep inside had a desire for adventure, for challenges.  He didn’t want to live a complacent life.

Getting to the real “WHY” can be hard.  Sometimes it can be hard to say why you picked one thing over another.  Mallory could have climbed any mountain, but choose Everest “because it is there”.  Would he have climbed Everest if it wasn’t the highest mountain in the world? Maybe, but maybe not.  

What if Mallory wanted to climb the ten highest mountains in the world – would he have started with Everest?  Maybe, or maybe not. If he reached the summit (and returned), he would have fame (if not a fortune as well). That is an incentive.  If he was the first to climb K2 – the second highest mountain in the world, that might be noteworthy in the climbing world, but might justify a small one-paragraph announcement in the London Times, while climbing Everest would be a front-page notice.  

There is an adage “You cannot discover new lands if you don’t lose sight of the shore”.  To get to new lands, you have to get outside your comfort zone. But, WHY do you want to discover new lands?  Because they are there?

Think of these terms:

– Ambition
– Challenge
– Curiosity
– Desire
– Passion
– Entrepreneurship

Do you have these in your life?  Do you desire to find new shores?  Do you have the ambition to climb mountains (be those literal/true mountains; or challenges at work or challenges in your mind)?  “Curiosity killed the cat” might be a true statement, but are you curious? Do you want to see what’s on the other side of the hill?  

Or, are you content with where you are?  Is ambition good? Is being contented good?

Those are questions you need to answer.  What is deep inside you? On your deathbed will you smile and say “I conquered <goal>”?  Or will you say “I never even tried to do <goal>”?

In these series of lessons, I’ve suggested you keep a positive attitude, you set goals – including big hairy audacious goals, to be remarkable, to shoot for great (not just good); and (lately) to figure out your WHY.  

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.  Where are you going to go?

Bruce

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Blog #465 – Getting to WHY -part 1

Coaching for Life Success:  Getting to WHY – part 1

https://startwithwhy.com/

Who are you?  (Really?)

How do you do what you do?

What drives you?

And … down deep – WHY do you do it?

Simon Sinek has an excellent “Start with Why” concept (see link – and especially the TED Talk video).  He writes the following:

“Fulfillment is our right.  Not a luxury for the chosen few”  (are you feeling fulfilled?)
“Imagine a world where we wake up inspired to go to work.” (are you inspired to work?)
“Imagine a world where we feel safe at work.” (are you safe at work?)
“Imagine a world where we are fulfilled by the work we do?”

“Why do you get up in the morning?  Why does your organization exist? Your why is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do.  When you think, act and communicate starting with WHY you can inspire others.” (Do you have a reason – deep inside – an answer to the “WHY” question?)

What is YOUR purpose in life?  To make a lot of money? To be happy?  To give back to the community? To be a great citizen leader?  To be an industry/financial leader? To be the best mother (or father) you can be?  To be a great doctor? How about being a great lawyer – helping those who can’t help themselves?  How about being an All-Star NFL Football Player?

As mentioned before, here are Zig Ziglar’s Seven Life Spokes:

Mental
Spiritual
Physical
Family
Financial
Personal
Career

We briefly talked about those areas when we talked about goals.  Today, I want you to go deeper – What is important to you – and WHY?

My WHY list is changed in the last three years as I retired.  Actually, I have struggled to find new meaning, goals and why do I want these things in life.  I know a lot of senior people that I am pretty sure have no real deep WHY’s in their life. Their WHY’s might be – I want to live to be 100 years old.  (Okay – and why is that? Ohh … I don’t really know – just seems to be a nice goal. ) I am reminded of the neighbor who retired from a food processing plant and within six months at home, (watching TV and snacking all the time), he had his heart attack and died.  He didn’t have real ‘WHY am I living” reasons.

Can your WHY be to enjoy life – through fishing, golf, pickleball, or travel?  Sure it can. But be ready to defend your lifestyle – not as “well, I wanted to keep busy” – but as I really deep down enjoy the challenge of fishing (or golf, etc.)  

To think about:

– What is your WHY?  Why are you living? What is deep down inside you?  

– If you don’t have a good answer, maybe you need to rethink your life

I’m going to continue to make a difference in people’s lives until I die!!!  I am going to show compassion, love, and acceptance to others; and I am going to be a bright spot in other people’s lives – so they will say “That Bruce White is always so upbeat and cheerful”.

Bruce

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Blog #464 Perseverance

Coaching for Life Success:  Ambition.

If you want something special, you have to work for it. 

Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers” talks about Bill Gates having great access to computing in the early days of computing when such access was almost non-existent and gaining 10,000 hours of computing excellence; likewise, he talks of the Beatles playing 10 to 15 hour days in Hamburg in their early days for weeks on end.  He suggests there is a 10,000-hour threshold to greatness.  Put in your time (ten thousand hours minimum) and you are going to be able to do great things.

This book and these lessons have urged you to be ‘remarkable’ to be able to compete with millions of college students from around the world.  You can’t just wish to be remarkable; you have to put in your time.  What do you want (goals); are you prepared to go after it (attitude); and practice, practice, practice. 

It seems like humans try something and give it up “It is too hard”; “That’s not just for me”.  In lesson 3, we talked about practice makes perfect.  If you practiced shooting three-point baskets twenty hours a week for 50 weeks, you could be at 1,000 hours in a year – so after ten years, you would be a true master.  Or do you go to the gym, shoot three or four three-pointers and then do something else? 

There is an old adage “No pain, no gain”.  The ‘pain’ of doing something – computer programming, calculus, basketball or your goal for 10,000 hours will pay off. 

Couple the practice with a great attitude (“I think I can”), imaging (“I can see myself shooting a three-point basket just before the buzzer to win the championship”), and self-talk (“I’m good at this”) put you soundly on the road to success.

(But, a quick counter position:  Somebody asked a teacher how many years of experience did they have.  The teacher responded “20 years”.  The first person then asked, “do you have 20 years of experience – or one year of experience just repeated 20 times?”  Our experiences need to move us forward.

Problems:

  • Going back to your goals – what practice and perseverance are you doing to get to the top? 
  • Are you reviewing your work / your practice?  What is going well and what do you need to focus on?
  • Open your goal statements and revise them in light of dedicated practice and perseverance.

Quote: “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” (William Earley)

 

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Blog Post #463 Moving out of your comfort zone – Idea

Coaching for Life Success:  Outside the Comfort Zone #2

Resource #1: https://blog.bulletproof.com/step-outside-your-comfort-zone/

Resource #2: https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/7222/lessons-learn-beyond-comfort-zone/

Back to getting outside our comfort zone – here are some ways to get outside our comfort zone.

This is the active part of getting out your comfort zone ideas:  Try some of these – then write a response about how you felt.

From the first link we have this:

-Drive a different way to work.  (Many times I have driven the same old drive and then asked myself “Did you see the new restaurant?” “Did you see McDonald’s?” “Did you see the new property for sale signs”.  And, most times, my answer is ‘no’. I really wasn’t paying attention. A different drive to work may help break you out of your complacency/comfort zone

– Do lunges and squats when you take the stairs.  Yup – time to stretch your body as well as your brain

– Take on a project that you think you might be able to handle, but definitely is a stretch.  (I’ve been tutoring math/algebra lately. But, one of my students needed help with physics. Oops – out of my comfort zone.  But, her first three assignments (before I helped) were 0 out of 10; 1 out of 10, 3 out of 10 – and the assignment I helped with was 10 out of 10!!!  WOOO!!!

– Open a conversation with somebody you don’t normally talk to!!!

– Take an art class or music class with stretches you.  (I’ve had many friends do one of those ‘art parties’ – where everyone paints about the same picture in the evening.  It looks like fun; you are with friends (within your comfort zone), but painting is outside your comfort zone)

– Find something that you generally do alone and then find a group that does that.  (I’ve been relearning my German language skills – on Meetup in the Austin area are many German groups – time to get out of my comfort zone and practice my German with others)

Other links suggest that happiness is rarely found within your comfort zone.  (You are hardly awake in your comfort zone – get out and smell the roses)

– The magic doesn’t happen in your comfort zone.  (When you are just on edge, maybe some butterflies in your stomach you can find that magic challenge that will change your life)

– Try a different cuisine; try a different beverage, try a different grocery store (where you don’t know where everything in)

– Visit a different church/synagogue.  – try a different small group – go to a predominantly black church (if white) or predominately white church (if black).

– Do a charitable event – Alzheimer’s Walk, Walk against Cancer, paint run.  

– Do something outlandish.  We talked of BHAG – big hairy audacious goals – set up a challenge for yourself to do something big and out of your comfort zone.  How about going to New York City on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball come down – with millions of others.

– Read a new author – in a new genre.  Go to the SciFi row at the library and check out a book (assuming you are not normally a Sci-Fi reader).

– Watch a political show from a different point of view.  If you lean left, watch Fox; if you lean right; watch MSNBC.  (And try to understand their viewpoints)

And … a couple of quotes from Robin S. Sharma

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”

“If people aren’t laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren’t big enough.”

 

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Blog Post #462 Outside your comfort zone #1

Coaching for Life Success:  Outside the Comfort Zone #1

Resource: https://lifehacker.com/the-science-of-breaking-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-w-656426705

In this series, I have written about getting ‘outside the box’, ‘thinking’ and getting ‘outside our comfort zone’. Today I want to look more at getting outside our comfort zone.

This article suggests that we need some stress in our lives to be more productive (Optimal Anxiety)   But, this is also a challenge – too much anxiety and we get turned off; too little and we rest in our comfort zone – which these authors state is a place of low stress, low anxiety, a standard routine, and regular happiness. Having a comfort zone is generally good as we need a place to relax.  But, we don’t grow much without some anxiety in our lives.

The article suggests the following:

– You will be more productive.  Being in the comfort zone doesn’t stretch us – we become comfortable and can almost work mechanically.  

– You will have an easier time when a change occurs.  Many authors state that “change is inevitable’ or ‘the only constant is change’.  Thing about your major or your work. You have new teachers or new colleagues and move away from old teachers and old work colleagues and friends.  When you went to college, you had a big change – moving away from home, being challenged by new classes and meeting new friends. Likewise, as you take your first job or a new job, you are moving away from your campus (or previous job), and again being challenged in a new environment.  That can be challenging and stressful. My first summer at Citibank, it took time to figure out some of the logistics – parking, cafeteria, cubical, management person and more.

-You will find you can push out your comfort zone boundaries more in the future.  In my second summer at Citibank, I was in a different group doing different analysis – but by that time I was comfortable with the environment.

-You will find it easier when you get out of your comfort zone to brainstorm and to consider new ideas.  

So, good reasons to get out of your comfort zone!!!  Tomorrow we are going to look at the rest of the article about some gentle experiences to get out of your comfort zone!!!

What do you think?

Do you get out of your comfort zone (into your Optimal Anxiety area) frequently?

Bruce

 

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Blog Post #461 More Thinking outside the box

Coaching for Life Success – Thinking outside the box #2

https://www.inc.com/jim-haudan/3-ways-to-make-thinking-outside-box-less-rare.html

Yesterday I started with the concept of THINK with thinking outside the box and thinking outside our comfort zone.  Today, let’s go deeper on that (from this article – linked)

Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino wrote in that article: Thinking outside the box is supposed to mean confronting problems in atypical ways, thinking creatively and freely, and encouraging frequent challenges to the status quo. “ <and>  “Gino’s research confirms that out-of-the-box behavior is rarer than you might think. In a study of 1,000 employees in a variety of industries, fewer than 10% said that they worked in firms that encouraged nonconformity or thinking outside the box. Additionally, the Harvard Business Review conducted an internal study asking employees how often they saw senior leaders challenge the status quo or ask their teams to think outside the box. Only 29% said “often” or “always,” 42% said “never” or “almost never,” and 32% said “sometimes.””

The article gave three ways to think outside the box:

1) Question the status quo.  “Why are we doing this?” “Why are we doing this process this way?”  I have written about disruptive technologies in the past – what new approaches could we be doing?  Software people have moved from the waterfall methodology to agile approaches and other creative thinking processes.  I remember a story about an old, small, privately held company that had made drill bits for many years. When the son took over the company from the father, he told the employees: “We are no longer in the drill bit industry”.  That got some negative feedback. He went on to say “We are the in the hole making industry”. There are many ways to make holes – from laser cutting to even shooting a hole in the object. Drill bits might be a major part of making holes, but not the only way to make holes.

2) Taking a wider perspective.  Is there a parallel between how (say) online banking works and how our accounting system works?  Is there a need for the reams (and reams) of paper we use – can we go ‘paperless’? How can incorporate robotics or artificial intelligence into our business?   Just because it isn’t done in our industry are there ideas in other industries that might relate. Note: colleges have avoided some changes over the years. There are four classes: freshman, sophomore, juniors, and seniors.  You need 30 credits a year and 120 credits over four years. But, there are colleges with shortened online classes; or with credit by examination, credit by advanced placement.

3) Draw pictures – work on metaphors for your business.  Look at the processes and products from different angles.  We tend to be left-brain and right-brain thinkers. Can those processes cause a new way of thinking?  Can we draw a picture (creative thinking) as compared to writing paragraphs of text?

Managers tend to love the status quo – but changing things up can be very rewarding as you change your approach – and get ‘outside the box’.

Tomorrow – blind spots and getting outside your comfort zone.

 

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Blog Post #460 Thinking

Coaching for Life Success – Thinking outside the Box

https://www.inc.com/jim-haudan/3-ways-to-make-thinking-outside-box-less-rare.html

A slight break today. THINKING.

The following comes from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_(IBM)

“’THINK’ is a motto coined by Thomas Watson in December 1911, while managing the sales and advertising departments at National Cash Register company. At an uninspiring sales meeting, Watson interrupted, saying ‘The trouble with every one of us is that we don’t think enough. We don’t get paid for working with our feet — we get paid for working with our heads’. Watson then wrote THINK on the easel.”

Watson took the THINK motto to IBM in 1914.  He had desk plaques made for executives that said: “THINK”.

As stated before in these lessons, the purpose of college is to THINK. The jobs of the future will require you to THINK.  Thinking is what makes a human a human.

In college, you are asked to analyze situations and to apply knowledge to solve problems.  Returning to Bloom’s Taxonomy, the higher levels are (4) Analyze; (5) Evaluate and (6) Create.  You want to think and aim for these higher levels of thinking. (One author called these HOTS – Higher Order Thinking Skills).  

Can you increase your thinking processes?

Most experts suggest working on “Thinking outside the box” – looking with new ways at problems.  Is there an alternate way to approach a situation other than the standard approach?

Some people suggest doing logic problems, word problems, various puzzles to increase thinking.  

All of us have a ‘comfort zone’ – where we function without a lot of thought.  

We learn best outside our comfort zone – without going too far away into the danger zone.  

There is an old adage that you have to leave sight of the shore to find new worlds (by sailing).  We have to leave our comfort zone to learn. What might that mean to you?

Things to think about:

  • Think of an example where you ‘thought outside the box’?  What does that term mean to you? Did you learn?
  • Think of an example where you left your comfort zone – how did that feel?  What did you learn?
  • In college, how might you develop your THINKING skills?  
  • How might a study abroad experience help you get out of your comfort zone?
  • How else might you increase your thinking, analysis, evaluation, and creation of new ideas processes?

Quote for today: “Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest.” – Author Unknown

 

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Blog post #459 – Where and when to go to graduate school

Coaching for Life Success – MBA / Location

https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/professional-degrees-vs-academic-graduate-degrees/

First a quote from this link:  “Sixty-one percent of employers claim the skills needed for their positions have evolved, requiring a higher base level of education. What’s more, 18 percent of jobs will prefer or require a master’s degree by 2022.”

Today ’s norm is that students will achieve an undergraduate degree and at some point will go for a master’s degree.  There are a variety of thoughts about graduate school and setting goals.

When to go for a graduate degree?

Some suggest going for the graduate degree immediately after your undergraduate degree.  Reasons might include:

  • You are used to studying
  • You won’t have to interrupt your work/life
  • Build your resume and experiences before seeking your first real job
  • Continuity with professors, mentors, university

There are those that suggest waiting a few years before going for a graduate degree.  Their reasons might be:

  • Gain some maturity before attempting graduate work
  • Save up some money
  • Have a better direction of where you are going and why you are going for a graduate degree
  • Gain some professional experiences
  • Work with your employer to get funding for your graduate work

For me, I took two years off after my bachelor’s degree before starting my master’s degree.  I had saved my money in those two years (thank you West Grant High School and a very frugal lifestyle)!!  

I would have had to borrow the money if I had gone on immediately.  I didn’t want to do that. Working for two years pretty much paid the graduate school bills.  Plus I was a residence hall director and a graduate assistant for a professor.

But, I was definitely rusty.  When you don’t do any thinking at a higher level for two years, it can become stale (and my thinking was stale).  I enrolled for 12 credits, dropped one, changed from a graduate course to the undergraduate prerequisite course in that first semester.  I did finally catch on and got the Master of Science in Mathematics Education degree (and found my future wife, and actually financially came out quite well being a dorm director (free room and board and a small stipend), and a graduate assistant (I graded papers – including the homework on my girlfriend (later my wife)!!  

Some programs REALLY want you to continue immediately after your bachelor’s degree to get your masters (or even doctorate degree).  I am familiar with many of the health science programs and continuing on in your health degree immediately after your undergraduate degree is the recommended situation.  Want to be a medical doctor? Get going to medical school right away. Want to be a physical therapist? Some states require a masters degree in physical therapy or even a doctorate in physical therapy to be employed as a full time licensed therapist.

If you don’t have a masters degree in some positions you will be a junior person (as a junior therapist or therapist aide).

Where to go for a graduate degree?

I suggest going to a new campus, a new environment.  Get out of your comfort zone. If you have been at college/university A for four years as an undergraduate, try university B for your graduate work.  Studies also suggest that it isn’t necessarily the school and the reputation of the school as it is YOU. There are CEO’s who went to less prestigious state universities and there are CEO’s who went to Harvard and Yale.  Malcolm Gladwell suggests that there is a “Big Fish in a Small Pond” possibility where going to a less prestigious university may actually be better than being a second class student with super over-achievers at a prestigious university.

As for when to go to graduate school, I tend to be in the group favoring working for a few years before starting your masters.  Having taught MBA (Master of Business Administration) courses, the students in a class with experience are generally head and shoulders better than those who just finished their undergraduate degrees and do not have many real-world experiences.  MBA (and other graduate programs) expect students to think and be able to solve problems. Gaining experiences that will help you think critically and solve real problems are generally best with business experiences, not just academic experiences.  Some executive MBA programs will require significant and important work experience before you are admitted.

The emphasis switches from gaining knowledge to applying knowledge and thinking critically.  First jobs are generally not leadership positions, but managerial jobs need critical thinking and that frequently comes two ways – academic challenges and real-world experiences.  If a goal is to be a leader or a manager, then getting an advanced degree is important.

And a comment about MBA degrees:  An MBA is a business degree. But … ultimately your job is in a ‘business’.  So, you are an engineer and you work in an engineering department or engineering company, but as you move up in the organization the skills become more leadership, people skills, accounting/ finance/business skills; marketing of your services – which are business skills and in the MBA program.  Can you get an MBA without an undergraduate business degree? Yes. You might have to take some remedial classes (some basic accounting or basic finance courses). Even in an engineering consulting practice, you need to balance the books, send invoices, collect payments, pay staff and do all the business processes.

Things to think about:

  • What makes sense to you?  Going for a master’s degree immediately after graduation or waiting a few years?   Why does that make sense to you?
  • Do you think you will want a master’s degree in your field – or a business degree?  Why or why not?
  • Do you think that working with your mentors and your network can help you decide on your graduate studies options?

Quote: If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts

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Blog post #458 Reasons for Graduate degrees #2

Coaching for Life Success:  Graduate School

https://www.petersons.com/blog/a-guide-for-potential-grad-students-should-you-go-to-graduate-school/

Continuing our look at why you should go to graduate school. Let’s look at this article for the 20 reasons to go to graduate school  (all sections copied from the link). The article has 20 reasons to go to graduate school.  Today, we will look at reasons 6 to 10.

Reasons to go to graduate school (continuing yesterday’s look – reasons 6 to 10)
6.  Get international recognition. Carry that recognition further. If your discovery is truly groundbreaking, you may receive international recognition, not to mention awards. Who knows? Maybe you have a Nobel prize within you.

7.  Get research opportunities. Even if you do not get to explore your own theories, there are other opportunities to participate in funded research.

8.  Upgrade your education. Your knowledge of your field is outdated and you find it difficult to keep up with advancements without following up and getting an advanced degree.

9.  Enjoy travel opportunities. Some programs, such as archaeology, require studying abroad for research purposes. For those who like to travel, this is a bonus.

10.  Find teaching opportunities. Not everyone is suited to teaching, but for those who are, getting a Ph.D. can lead to a tenured position at a university or college, with a nice salary, a teaching or research assistant to help with workload, consulting opportunities (partly shared with your department), and a nice pension upon retirement.


Comments on 6 to 10:

6, International recognition:  Because of my Ph.D. I have traveled to Belarus as a Fulbright Scholar and given presentations there, and have been on-site accreditation for a university in Kazakhstan and an online review of a graduate program at a Saudi Arabian University.  I have published with academics from Iceland, Australia, and Belarus (as well as the United States).

7. Get research grants.  My Fulbright was not a research grant, but other Fulbrighters do have a research grant.  A student that I had as an undergraduate was part of a research grant in Israel this past summer.

8. Update your education:  We live in a world of rapid changes.  My field (computer information systems) has changed greatly.  With my Ph.D. degree, I was required to research and publish.

9. Travel:  WIth my Ph.D. I have traveled to Ireland (twice), Belarus and Kazakhstan – and not on my own money.  

10. Teaching Opportunities:  While I have had three major teaching assignments, I’ve also had the opportunity to teach online courses, including for a Texas University that I have yet to physically visit.  I also found opportunities to work with the United State’s Baldrige Award; and with accreditation groups. (Yes, my life really changed from getting a masters and a doctorate degree!!!)

Tomorrow more reasons for a graduate degree.

 

Bruce

 

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Blog #457 Reasons to go for a graduate degree #1

Coaching for Life Success:  Graduate School

https://www.petersons.com/blog/a-guide-for-potential-grad-students-should-you-go-to-graduate-school/

Ah yes!!!  You finished college; you finished 12 years of K-12 education (actually 13 years with kindergarten); you are ready to face the world – or are you?

Let’s look at this article for the 20 reasons to go to graduate school  (all sections copied from the link). The article has 20 reasons to go to graduate school.  Today, we will look at reasons 1 to 5.

Reasons to go to graduate school (reasons 1 to 5)

“1.  Greater earning power. This is a popular reason why people go to grad school. However, it should not be the only reason, since getting a grad degree is a very serious commitment.

2.  Advance your career. A grad degree can open up a wider array of career opportunities: in psychology, social work, healthcare, for example

3.  Career change. Many people are finding their current careers unrewarding. An advanced degree can help transition to another career—whether out of desire or necessity.

4.  Enhance your education. Graduate schools can provide opportunities to explore theories you may have about a topic.

5.  Get community recognition. If you explore your theories and discover something new, you will get recognition for it.

Comments on 1 to 5:

  1. Greater Earning Power:  For example, if you are a teacher (K-12), most school districts have tracks for bachelor’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees plus 15 credits; master’s degrees, plus the number of years of experience. Getting a masters may jump you on the pay scale by 10%.  Other businesses may pay you for getting your master’s degree.

  2.  Advance your career.  For me, getting my masters (and eventually) totally changed my career (and my life).  I was a high school teacher. Getting my masters first put me higher on the pay scale. Plus getting a masters allowed me to be a college instructor.  (And, getting a doctorate allowed me to be an assistant professor, associate professor and eventually a (full) professor.

    3.  Career Change:  Having a graduate degree shows initiative and desire to get ahead.  For me, to have a Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy) means that my official title is “Dr. White”.  While there are more people with a doctorate now than ever before, it is still a very special distinction.  

  3.  Enhance your education:  In a graduate program you will go deeper in your academic field – maybe not quite “mastery” – but becoming more knowledgeable.  For some masters degrees you may write a thesis – a major research paper, and for some doctorate degrees, you will write a dissertation on a new topic.

  4.  Community recognition:  Certain programs get you more recognition.  If you are in business and have an MBA you are recognized as being (hopefully) more competent.  As mentioned before, with a Ph.D. I am called “Dr. White” (although I rarely use that title, it is an important title).  

Tomorrow (and next three days, more reasons for a graduate degree.

Bruce

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