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Would you do it for free?

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017
    Steve Jobs, builder of the Apple Inc. empire, once said, “You have to be burning with an idea, a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”

    I have seen the importance of passion in my life and in the lives of people I respect. I do my best work when I am furiously passionate about the task – mentoring kids, designing websites, coming up with creative marketing ideas. Which is why I have chosen to invest significant portions of my time in these activities. Likewise, my father created his own small business based on a childhood passion developed within him by his own father: woodworking. He doesn’t love his job because he has power or fame; he loves his job because he is operating within his passion. 

    Richard St John, a researcher and businessman, wrote The 8 Traits Succesful People Have in Common.  St. John finds that Jobs may be onto something when he states the importance of passion, while further elaborating on seven more traits successful people have. He offers up his revelations after conducting interviews with over 500 successful people. The results are as follows:

    1. Passion – Would you do it for free?
    2. Hard Work + Fun – Put in the work, but consider the 80/20 rule: 80% exciting work, 20% not-fun-but-gotta-do-it work.
    3. Focus – Specialize in what you’re awesome at.
    4. Uncomfortable – Try things that are terrifying.
    5. Creativity – Have ideas. Out of all the “meh” ones, there’s usually a good one in there.
    6. Improvement – Make gains every day.
    7. Value – Let your work offer value to others.
    8. Failure – It can be a stepping stone to make you better.

    Thinking about all of these characteristics, I challenge you to consider which ones you already possess, and which ones you’re interested in improving upon. I want to leave you with a question as you evaluate the projects you’re investing in and the activities you’re spending time doing: would you do it for free? If so, you’re most likely on the road to success.

    By: Katie Kelton, Mays Business School