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3 Guidelines for Success

3 Guidelines for Success

1. To learn anything, you cannot be afraid to ask questions.

This fear no doubt harkens back to grade school, when other kids would poke fun at the kid who asked for clarification on something. Unfortunately, most people don’t grow out of it, fearing others will think them simple. The reality is, while everyone is an expert at something, no one can be an expert in everything. If you don’t ask, you won’t learn. Ask questions until you are satisfied you understand the answer. This may be the only opportunity you have to learn. Don’t miss out on the experience.

2. Ask God what you should be when you grow up.

When I was a child, I remember asking my mother, “What do you think I should be when I grow up?” She said, “That is not something I can tell you. Ask God. He made you, gave you the parents and talents he did, for a reason. Ask and keep asking Him.” That made sense to me. He would know what I was good at and what I liked. It seemed the most efficient way to find out.

Life certainly has its ups and downs for everyone. But thus far I have seen more, done more and met more interesting people than I could have hoped or dreamed. It has been an adventure. I don’t know what the future holds, but God does. Here is the best part: He is waiting to lead you down your own right path. All you have to do is ask and keep asking.

3. Persistence wins out over ignorance.

My philosopher grandmother taught me this life tip. I have always found great comfort in this. Not everything you want to do or learn will innately come easily to you. Too many give up too easily….Finish reading at

A physician and economist, Dr. Debra A. Smith has worked in clinical medicine, medical administration and insurance underwriting, and as a consultant in healthcare financing and public health for the World Bank and United Nations.

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12:47AM PST on Feb 20, 2015

Thank you!

4:55AM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Thank you!

12:33PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Talk about nasty teachers. Every one has ONE that really shines in the stupidity area.

7:28PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

make sure you're asking a loving, forgiving, kind, compassionate God

6:57PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Decent guidelines but could do without the "Ask God" part. Partly for the reason that not everyone is religious, but also, "ask and keep asking" - ?! - how about getting up off your a** and DOING?!

2:56AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Thank you :)

6:41AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

I would add (1) accept yourself completely (2) never let anyone else, no matter who they are, try to define you! You don't have to be defiant, but Be

I would add (1) Be True to Yourself (2) Never let anyone else, no matter who they are, define you.

1:53AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014


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8:10AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

1 and 3 only please!

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