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The Power of Focus for College Students: How to Make College the Best Investment of Your Life Paperback – Nov 15 2005

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (Nov. 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757302890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757302893
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #457,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Les Hewitt is is one of North American's top business coaches and creator of the international bestselling series, The Power of Focus.

Andrew Hewitt is a college graduate and a professional speaker who  has developed a unique approach to college education. This led to nationwide recognition and paved the way for him to become successful speakers on the college circuit. You can learn more about him and his co-author Luc d'Abadie at www.focusedstudent.com.

Luc d'Abadie travels the world alongside his business partner Andrew Hewitt, in their mission in helping students discover and reacher the full potential. He has been featured in Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Calgary Herald, and Canadian Business Magazines, as well as countless other publications and magazines across North America. He is  the co-instructor of the Trump University Audio Business Course, Start Right! How to Launch a Great Career.Visit his website www.focusedstudent.com.

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Focusing Strategy #1

Making College Count
in the 21st Century

A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.B.A.,
or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B.

                                                    —Fats Domino

et's tell it like it is. You can either go through the motions of college and end up with a degree, or you can maximize your college experience and end up with an abundance of cool career opportunities doing something you will love. The reality is, most students just go through the motions, defaulting into one of three postgraduate scenarios. The following are real-life examples.

  Teresa Martin    School:  University of Texas, Austin

Degree:  Psychology     Debt:  $0

status:  Working at a local sports bar in Austin and still living
at home. Has been working part-time since her junior year, and this evolved into a full-time position after graduation seven months ago. Under pressure from her parents, she is considering going back to school to study law.

frustration:  Although Teresa doesn't mind working at the bar,
it isn't where she pictured herself ending up. Her parents, after paying the big tuition bills at a reputable college, are naturally disappointed. They wish she was applying her degree, pursuing a more attractive career and living independently.

    Constant pressure from her parents is driving Teresa up the wall. She simply doesn't know what career she wants to pursue and is struggling to find a way to apply her degree. She wishes she had put more thought into this and explored her options in greater depth while in college. Applications are due for law school in a few months, but she is paralyzed with indecision.

 Taylor Smith      School:  New York University

Degree:  Finance          Debt:  $67,000

status:  Working as a securities analyst for a large bank in New York. With a serious girlfriend and 18 months in a stable career, he is well-settled into postcollege life.

frustration:  Although successful in the eyes of his friends and family, Taylor has great disdain for the career path he chose. 
    Long hours and routine work are wearing him down, leaving him with little energy for himself and his girlfriend. He now realizes that the image of the finance field he carried through school was candy-coated by the high salary and prestige.

    Taylor wishes he had pursued something he was truly interested in and excited about—sports broadcasting perhaps, or journalism. With growing expenses and a seemingly inescapable debt load, Taylor feels stuck. He would love nothing more than to be able to go back to college and do it all over again.

 Steven Lee        School:  Colorado State University

Degree:  Comp. Sci.     Debt:  $31,000

status:  Finished school eight and a half months ago and is still unemployed. Sent out more than 120 resumes, yielding only two interviews with no callbacks. Now spends the majority of his days playing computer games. Has basically given up on the job search, having recovered from the shock of realizing there was no corner office waiting for him upon graduation.

frustration:  He knows he has the skills to excel in a variety of information technology jobs and is deeply frustrated about not being able to get his foot in the door. He blames the economy, but knows there is more to the equation. As the weeks drift by with no job in sight, his self-confidence and self-worth continue to plummet. The only thing getting better is his computer game scores.

    What's wrong with these pictures? Why didn't those thousands of tuition dollars propel Teresa, Taylor and Steven into more fulfilling futures? Sadly, Teresa, Taylor and Steven are only three of the millions of college graduates who each year fit similar profiles.
A great many of us drift through college hoping that life will work out later, hoping that the degree we earn will be a ticket to a successful and fulfilling future. In the last century this approach may have worked. Now, however, things are much different. In this first focusing strategy you will learn a new approach to college. Adopting this new approach is an essential step in making college the rewarding investment it should be. By putting these concepts into action, you will begin discovering what career you really want to pursue and start developing experience that will make you invaluable to employers. Best of all, college will become less stressful and a lot more fun. But first we owe you an explanation on why this new approach is so badly needed.


The Information


    The Information Age has taken the world by storm. The black-and-white televisions, typewriters and snail mail that our parents grew up with have been replaced by plasma TVs, cell phones and the Internet. Think for a minute—what would this week be like if you didn't have a cell phone or an Internet connection? Weird, isn't it?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Ho on April 16 2007
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Before writing this review, I read another posting that said that this book is a mere compilation of many different books. To an extent, I will have to agree with that. What I would add, however, is that this book is unique because it is written BY students FOR students. Even though some of their ideas might have been taken from other books, the authors have adapted those ideas and tailored them to a student's perspective and have drawn from their own personal experiences. In my opinion, there are definitely a lot of great books out there but if you do not have the time to invest into reading all of those books or do not know where to start , then start with this book. Written in an easy-to-read and well-organized manner with a lot of great inserts of quotes and comics this is a light and entertaining read that I would most definitely recommend for ANY highschool and/or college students.

Apart from your first house or first car, your college education will probably be one the biggest investments you will have to make in your life. Maximize your benefit from this investment by making the most out of it. Do that by READING this book.

A couple of months ago I met Andrew Hewitt, one of authors of this book, during a '"PassionPuzzle' " workshop that he facilitated at the University of Toronto. Andrew is a recent graduate himself and has a lot of first-hand experience and insights regarding some of the common concerns faced by students in college. At the age of 22 (which is one year old than I am), his success story inspired me to read his book.
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No college student should spend another day on campus without reading this book! There is truly nothing else like it out there. Not only does it provide proven methods for thriving in college and focusing on a career you will be passionate about, it helps you put these methods into action while managing your finances, network, and personal goals. The authors also have a great sense of humor - I was delighted when I realized that I actually laughed out loud at least once every chapter!
I read this book in 2 days (I couldn't seem to put it down without reading "just another chapter") just before starting my last semester of college and it helped me to confirm my career choice and improve both the quality of my network and the way I grow and maintain it. I will no doubt continue to refer to The Power of Focus for College Students in the future to make sure I am on the right track with my career and other areas of my life!
Even if you are not a college student (or if you are a college student and you think you have everything figured out), you will learn a lot and find many solid tips and action steps that you can apply in your educational, professional and personal world. This book is a real treasure!
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There was a lot of hype about this book in Calgary. Although I am past my student years I decided to give The Power of Focus for College Students a read and see what all the hype was about. I was immediately impressed at how well written this book is. The authors have done a fantastic job at creating an authentic student voice while keeping the book fun and easy to read. The book delivers on the promises of showing you a new approach to college (post secondary), how to find a career you will be passionate about and the success principles not taught in school.
My favorite aspect was the passion puzzle. It is a pretty cool activity that helped me confirm my own career decision. The success principles are very powerful in this book and compliment any post secondary education. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going into university, already in university or in their twenties and looking to get ahead.
Overall a great book! I'm not surprised at the hype this good has already created, it will no doubt be a blockbuster bestseller.
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The Power of Focus for college students is a great read! It's

motivational and inspirational throughout!! I picked up the book and couldn't put it down. Despite things that had to be done, I finished the book in less than a 24 hour period! The book is easy to read,entertaining, and helps you approach things with the right attitude! It helps you focus on taking advantage of opportunities! It helps you focus

on your goals and dreams and helps you feel that anything is possible!!! It focuses on finding your passion and figuring out how to get the future you desire! It's great for someone going to University/College or someone who has just graduated! It's definitely worth reading!
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Great Book! As the student President of UC Santa Barbara's Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success, which has a membership base of 1000 students, I understand first hand the struggles that most college students face everyday. I wish every one of our members could read this book! The shocking statistics outline a serious problem and clearly prove the need for an alternative approach to the average college path. The ideas are realistic and practical. Regardless of where you are in your personal journey - from a high school student to a graduate student - I truly believe this book will bring you value and significantly change the way you approach school. Strongly recommended!
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