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July 24, 2010 / Brent Sears

Model: It Wasn’t the Degree

When you are curious, looking to solve interesting problems,  and leading yourself you are going to run into questions that no one around you has seen before.  A funny thing happens at this point: you need everybody you can find.  You are trailblazing and there is no set track for the path you are on.

The people who are going to help you the most are usually the people who are the most accessible…and this isn’t always the people with the highest academic credentials.

In my study abroad journey the people who helped me the most in the day-to-day were not directors, professors, and title-carrying advisors, but that is for another post.

As far as the people who did hold advanced degrees, the titles were not a big deal to them…other than how I was addressing them.  They were helping me solve interesting problems and leading myself…all-in-all, when you step out, those around you will root for you regardless of where they rank on the professional hierarchy.

At the same time, it doesn’t take a title, position, or pay-grade to make a difference.  It takes someone who cares about what they do.

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