Success Manifesto for Engineering Students – Action #5…Socialize, Have Fun, Build Relationships

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I was a pretty serious kid when I was growing up. I had a lot of trouble relaxing and just doing nothing.

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As a result, my mom would regularly share this proverb with me…

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Wikipedia says this means that without time off from work, a person becomes bored and boring.

Listen To My Mom…and To Me

I don’t want you to become a bored and boring engineering student.

So although I strongly encourage you to work hard on SUCCESS MANIFESTO Actions #1-4 and #6-8, I do think my mom’s advice is worth listening to.

You need to make time for some play time.

Socialize and Develop Relationship-building Skills

A huge part of the college experience is the socialization aspect of being in a new place, making new friends, having new experiences, learning new things, and on and on.

The beauty of this process is that not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s great preparation for the after-college experience of moving to, and living in, another new environment…the workplace.

Whether you choose later to be a solopreneur with your own 1-person company, to work in a company with 12 employees, or to work in one with 120,000 employees, full-time employment is a social activity. You’ll need to get along with other human beings and collaborate with them on projects.

As a result, recognize that the social and relationship-building skills you develop in college will be vital for surviving and thriving in your engineering career.

So Go Ahead…Have A Great Time in College

– Do it intentionally, and do it with gusto.

– Do it like you’ll never do it quite like this again…because you won’t.

This is your one shot at greatness in the college fun category…

But always, always be working on your relationship-building skills.


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Note: This post is a chapter from the free SUCCESS MANIFESTO FOR 21st CENTURY ENGINEERING STUDENTS. On THIS PAGE, you can learn more about the MANIFESTO, watch a short summary video and request a FREE downloadable PDF copy.

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