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College Success Guide, 2nd Edition by Patricia Weiss, Dr. Karin Blackett

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CHAPTER 5Attitude

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.”

Richard Bach

Have you asked yourself why you are pursuing a college degree? If the answer is anything other than “I want to,” then you are not ready to dive in headfirst. If you would rather be doing other things, you will be distracted from your studies and will likely quit. Once you set your why for getting a degree, you then focus on that why often. The fuel for getting the job done (graduating) comes with the why not the how. If you keep focusing on how you will be able to do it, you will likely lose your momentum. Successful students focus on the why and a mental picture of the end result: their diplomas! ...

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