If you've thought that getting good grades makes you a successful student, think again. In his book, Major in Success, Patrick Combs clearly outlines what being successful really means for students, no matter how old they are. The difference between mediocrity and greatness is not family or intelligence, Combs says, it's extraordinary drive.
How do you get extraordinary drive? It's all about passion, baby, about discovering what it is you love to do. Combs suggests you:
- Admit what really interests you
- Pinpoint your true aspirations (including the ones your family might not agree with)
- Discover the many jobs related to your interest (Combs shows you how)
- Feel your fears and do it anyway.
What I really like about this book is that Combs anticipates the arguments against his ideas and answers them with helpful exercises that walk you through what he's trying to get you to realize, experience, and act on. His own passion for helping others find their passion is evident. So many other books on success focus on more tangible advice, and that's important too, but if underneath all that surface stuff your fire isn't blazing, satisfaction is going to be hard won, if won at all.
"Trust your emotions," Combs writes. "Choose enjoyment, satisfaction, and learning over dollars."
He also suggests your best job may not be what you're good at, and that life is very generous to those who follow their passions and pursue their dreams. I find that inspiring, not only for twenty-somethings just starting out, but also for those of us who have tried a career or three and are still searching for the one that brings us joy. The older we get, the more important that becomes.
Combs provides plenty of exercises for discovering which job that might be. He also discusses:
- Power journaling
- Dealing with fear
- Setting goals
- Choosing the classes that really matter
- Managing time and stress
- Finding a coach
- Networking in professional organizations
- Interviewing effectively
Major in Success is filled with practical advice about the things that really matter in life, the things that lead to true success.
About the Author
Patrick Combs is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and humorous entertainer. He is in the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame and has an off-Broadway solo comedy act. You can lots of helpful stuff for students at goodthink.com, one of Patrick's early sites where you will also find great tips on writing, speaking, and planning meetings.
Google Patrick Combs and you will find him at patrickcombs.com and at livepassionate.com, the site for his company, MIGHT, "an online tool and community that enables people to accomplish phenomenal results in record time."
And, of course, you can find him everywhere on social media.
I love it when I find a company that generously shares information that helps others succeed. Patrick's company, Good Thinking Co., is one of those companies. Goodthink.com is filled with witty, inspiring quotations, movie lists, book lists, favorite essays, stories, videos, seminars, and links to other helpful sites.
Patrick Combs has published two other books:
- Man 1, Bank 0 - the true story of one man's battle against his bank
- Gearing Up (Inside and Out) for a Great Life
You can pay a little extra for signed copy. Go forth and be successful. There's an abundance of advice available and no excuse not to!