Aptitudes

Discovering Hidden Skill

Artistic Talent When psychologist Lucy Petrie decided that she wanted to learn how to draw, she taught herself by using the exercises in a book entitled Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, then she enrolled in a pastel class. Petrie won acclaim in the art world, within a short time, and her work appeared […]

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Chesley Sullenberger

Smooth Sailing Sully Sullenberger knew he wanted to be a pilot from the time he was five years old. He built model airplanes and read everything about aviation that he could get his hands on. By his teens, he was flying. When Sullenberger became an adult pilot, and later experienced cuts in his salary and […]

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Music Horns

Music Industry

Artistic & Entrepreneurial Pursuits Television chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse, an accomplished musician, turned down a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in order to pursue his first love: cooking. However, he kept his love of melody alive, integrating it into his TV cooking shows by adding musicians on each program. John McVeigh […]

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RoadTrip Nation

Avoiding Potholes in the Journey Each season, the PBS program RoadTrip Nation features several college students who drive a green RV across the United States. The students visit successful people in different fields and listen to their stories of how they achieved their dreams and goals despite obstacles. RoadTrip Nation helps students grappling with the […]

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Professional Career Changers

Many professionals and executives have left jobs to start their own businesses in fields that have nothing whatsoever to do with their previous post. For example, the anthropology professor who started a cleaning service, or the corporate executive who began driving a lunch truck and wowing hungry street crowds with his cooking skills: gourmet Belgian […]

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M.C. Hammer’s Business Formula for Success

The spectacular success of the hip-hop superstar in the 1990s, his loss of a massive fortune and his current activities in the entrepreneurial world seems baffling, even astonishing, to many people. M. C. Hammer is a frequent lecturer at Harvard, Oxford, Wharton, and Stanford on new social media. A successful entrepreneur and innovator in the high-tech […]

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Five Free Aptitude Tests

Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation The nonprofit organization adapted several career tests for O Magazine. The tests can be downloaded. Information on how to interpret answers is included. No outside supervision or props needed. Reference Test Your Career Strengths http://www.oprah.com/money/Aptitude-Tests-Career-Assessment Hits: 42

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