Five Factors for Success (Tap-click title)

We would all like to be successful in our work, however we define that. We have all listened to pundits who offer the 10 or 12 rules for success. I heard these factors in a radio interview from THE most famous Canadian director being asked to explain his success on the CBC one morning. I was driving and I had to pull over to the side of the road and write them down. He wasn’t selling anything, sounded like he knew what he was talking about, and he was in fact successful in a very competitive field where so many others failed.  (My comments in parenthesis):

1 – TIMING  (Methodically follow the news in your line of endeavour)

2 – LUCK (Try often and keep your skills honed to take advantage when opportunity knocks)

3 – WHO YOU KNOW  (Build a good network – or marry one (; )

4 – PERSERVERANCE  (Identify and remedy frustrations)

5 – TALENT  (Have some, by all means. But remember a very famous artist theorized that talent is an invention of people who want an excuse not to work hard – as in “She just has magic talent, so it’s pointless for me to even try”. Polish your skill until it is indistinguishable from ‘talent’.)

Accepted to 3 Architecture Grad Schools (click title)

This is why people teach! We love hearing that our students have used our classes to achieve their personal  goals. A recent ECUAD Continuing Studies student consented to  publish her email here. Note that she applied to several schools. You pretty much have to do that these days – it’s getting so competitive:

Hello Tony!
After one week of grad school admission blitz, the results are in and I thought that you should be the first to know. The entire process was rather exciting and somewhat agonizing, but rest  assured I’ve gotten in the university of my choice. I’ve been  granted admission from the following universities::
University of Calgary, Architecture
University of Manitoba, Landscape Architecture
University of Toronto, Landscape Architecture

I’ve accepted the offer and will be attending the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Toronto. Thank you for supporting my quest. I couldn’t have done it without your help. As I embark onto a new journey, I’ll continue to put what you’ve taught me to new heights.    Thank you again, let’s keep in touch.  Julie W.