Advice to Students, Part II: Personal Relationships

2. Develop and nurture personal relationships with the greatest number of people you can. The more the better. Cast your net wide. I have learned in life that one of the Essential Questions we all face is: Will you focus more on people or use people and really focus on things/money? In Greg Mortenson’s book, Three Cups of Tea, he relates how he came to realize the importance of focusing on the former—human relationships. I have found my focus on the former has been well worth it. The more people you know and have good relationships with, the more you can get good things done. The flip side of this is to be careful about breaking relationships with people whom you do not like. You may say “good riddance” to that person; however, there may come a time when you will be forced to work with that person again or when you need her or him. It’s is tough to rebuild a bridge, once burned.

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