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20 Seconds That Can Change Your Life

Disclaimer:  This post isn’t about prepping for b-school.  It’s more of a public service announcement.  So file it away for the time being.

At some point during the first few months of school, you will encounter a situation like this:

You’re hunched over a computer and have 10 minutes to send 5 emails during a break in-between classes or before you head to bed at 2 a.m.  Maybe the email is to a project team, maybe it’s to an alum you’re trying to network with, or maybe it’s something else entirely.

No matter what it is, you’re tired, you’re cranky, and you’ve got way too many things to do and not enough time to do them.

And because of all these circumstances, the email you’re about to send is, shall we say, “not your best work.”

When you find yourself in this situation, or one similar, do yourself a favor and stop for 20 seconds.

Take a break and think about what you’re about to do, say, send or write.  Does the person you’re emailing need some more background on what you’re sending them? Does that networking email need another proofread? You get the idea.

It may not seem like a big deal at the time (and sometimes it might not be), but those 20 seconds, and what you do after them, can literally change your life.  I’ve seen it happen many times, both to me and to others.

So please, save yourself lots of aggravation by using stopping and thinking.  It’ll be worth your time.

Have any “stop and think” stories of your own that you want to share?  Please leave a comment.

  • Steve

    This is soooo true. I have made this mistake and well it cost me. I didn’t get an intership because I didn’t find the exact name for the company I was intrested in.

  • Steve

    This is soooo true. I have made this mistake and well it cost me. I didn’t get an intership because I didn’t find the exact name for the company I was intrested in.

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