Episode #177 Finish Your Degree

Pursuing a college degree may not be for everyone, but finishing what we start is one of the most essential ingredients of success. This week, first-generation college student Dr. Michael Brown shares the studio with professional saxophonist Mike Williams in a conversation about grit, gumption, and going the distance.

Show Notes

Without my degree, there would be no DMB Coaching. There would be MB. And there probably wouldn’t be Coaching, because who is going to listen to me?
Dr. Michael Brown

Three Problems

  • Most of us quit most of what we start.
  • We often convince ourselves that “this isn’t for me” simply because it is difficult.
  • If we choose the easy way now, we are often choosing the hard way later.

Five Principles

  • Employers often care more about the piece of paper itself and less about the actual letters on the paper.
  • When it comes to the intellectual and professional dimensions of life, persistence is more important than intelligence.
  • The more difficult the race, the more accomplished we will feel at the finish line.
  • It is never too late to finish something that we’ve started.
  • There is nothing more energizing than endurance.

Three Practices

  • When you feel tempted to call it quits, remember why you started in the first place.
  • If you are in the middle of an academic program, keep pressing forward.
  • If you have previously given up on an academic program, consider registering to complete those final few classes.