Things I Wish I Knew In High School*

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*Taken from a PowerPoint by Jordon Hillhouse from the CADCA National Leadership Forum 



-The world is a tough place. About .08% of high school football players make it to the NFL. That's 800 out of 1 million. 1 in 7 million win an Oscar. There's a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the lottery. 

-Hard work is hard! Many people fresh out of college expect to be the CEO. It doesn't work that way. Experience is the big teacher.

-"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth     Career home runs:714   Career strikeouts:1,330

-You are in control of your own destiny. Have a plan! Where do you want to end up? Start moving on that plan.


Social Skills:

-Join as many clubs as possible. What do you like? Is there a club for it? If so, join it! If not, make one!

-Get comfortable speaking. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears people have. 75% of people have a fear of public speaking. Some rank their fear of speaking higher than their fear of death. The best way to conquer your fears are to face them head on. Try giving a few speeches. You will find that they aren't too difficult.


Money Skills:

-Budgeting. Don't spend more than you make! 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

-Compound interest and credit cards. What is compound interest? It's interest added each year to your original purchase. This is why you end up paying more over time. Compound interest can turn a $5,000 loan into a $10,000 loan.

-Save your money. How much should you save? A good rule is to put 10% of your earnings into savings. Over time, that savings will grow, thanks to compound interest. 


Leadership Skills:

-You can be a leader! Are leaders born that way? "Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

-A good leader: inspiration, integrity, clear goals, good example, vision, clear communication, expects the best, support, encouragement, recognition, stimulating work. focuses on team interests and needs. Be the kind of leader that you would follow!

-Be a role model. What are the qualities you like in a leader? Once you figure them out, try to adopt them.

-Don't judge yourself by your equals. How do you stack up against the best?


Time Management Skills:

-Set priorities. What all has to be done? What order do they need to be done in? When is the deadline? What is most important?

-To-Do lists. To achieve your goals, you must be organized. To-Do lists are a great way to organize your jobs. If you don't like lists, try color coding or using a calendar.

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