College of Communication > About > College News > 2016 News Archive > Alumni Advice with Consultant Arbin Smith
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January 7, 2016 /
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Why can’t we change the model? Why does this have to be this way? Why can’t we bend the cost curve? Why? Don’t accept things as they are because that’s how they’ve always been. Instead, try to and a way to do it differently. When you ask “Why?” you begin to release your capacity to think creatively.
It’s easy to fall into patterns. You and the things that make you comfortable, and you stick with them. That’s human nature. But in today’s world, true innovators get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Complacency usually leads to a slow decline. Take advantage of as many instances and opportunities as you can to make yourself uncomfortable. That’s how you grow.
With the advent of social media, networking channels today are unmatched. Every relationship you have, every person that you know, it all connects you to something else. When you network, be intentional about it. It’s not just about the name, rank, serial number, the “Here’s my name and here’s what I do.” Really try to make yourself memorable and create a connection.
Don’t get too high on the wins, and don’t get too low on the losses. Find that equilibrium, and celebrate each day. Sometimes things will go according to plan; sometimes they won’t. Regardless, stay the course.