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Success B al an ce
G Going back to grad school seems like a no-brainer. After all, professionals with
advanced degrees make significantly more than those without. But returning to school
as a professional looking to advance your career is a very different — and pricey — bag
of tricks. Here are a few tips to help make sure your educational gamble pays off:
1.) You’ll have a lot less time for relationships and household responsibilities once you hit
the books. Let friends and family know the score ahead of time and make sure you have the
support and understanding you need to thrive in and out of the classroom.
2.) Find out if your company is willing to pay for school or give you time off to attend classes.
You may be surprised to learn that many corporations are happy to have you advance, as it
will make you a greater assist to their brand in the long run.
3.) Plan on surprise expenses, such as books, software, library fees, database fees and travel.
These are unfortunately a reality that many professionals returning to school don’t always
take into consideration until after they enroll.
4.) Above all, keep your ultimate goals in mind. Getting distracted is very easy, and balancing
your schooling, life and work will be a challenge. You’ll need that light at the end of the
tunnel to keep you motivated for all the hard work ahead.
We track down — and
read — a few zen-
inspired books for all
those times when life
starts raining boulders,
sticks and stones into
your mental stream.
32 The Art of Happiness
Who knows the
secrets of being
happy better than
a guy who’s been
reincarnated 14 times?
Check out the Dalai
Lama’s tips for living
the good life, and
learn about longevity.
The Book of Awesome
Put all the things
in your life into
perspective with Neil
Pasricha’s list of the
little things that make
life worth living, like
hotel lobby bathrooms
and the infamous
I believe that we often find tips in the
media on how to be successful in life, at
work and in relationships What is much
harder to find — what nobody teaches
us — is what makes us unsuccessful. We
go through life chasing our dreams and
making mistakes along the way with the
slogan of “The sky is the limit.” However,
most of the time these sky-high dreams
can set us up to make unrealistic goals.
You end up spending your whole life
trying for something that you might
never achieve, even if you put forward
your greatest possible effort. Another
thing that makes us unsuccessful in
life are false beliefs. Always thinking in
a negative way in every situation will
definitely not only limit your potential
for success, but also completely ruin
your life. I can guarantee you that if
you always think, “I will not make it,”
or “this will be hard to do,” you will
never be successful in every little thing
you do. Being disorganized, fearful, or
having a lack of self-confidence plays a
determined role in whether or not you
are successful in life.
Cabrera holds a
B.A. in Business
PUCMM in Santo
Domingo and a
Business from FIU.
She’s the Program Coordinator for the
Finance & International Real Estate
Graduate Programs at FIU’s Chapman
Graduate School of Business. For more, call
305.577.1699 or visit FIU.edu.
The Bourne Identity
Okay, so maybe
car chases and all
sorts of stuff blowing
up isn’t all that zen —
but it sure is a heck of
a lot of fun! Trust us,
the book is far better
than the movie!