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Students chose college to acquire the skills needed to be productive in the careers they intend to pursue. Colleges however place a heavy emphasis on academic study but place little emphasis on practical and social skills.

To be successful in the workplace today, professionals need more than the learned education from academic study. This is underscored by a 2019 survey by Morning Consult of more than 650 employers which found that 73 percent of employers believe “it’s very or somewhat difficult finding qualified candidates”. …

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DK Metcalf is a star wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks who went viral on the internet during the 2020 NFL season when he chased down safety Budda Baker of the Arizona Cardinals to prevent a TD after an interception thrown by teammate Russell Wilson. According to Next Gen Stats, Metcalf traveled 114.8 yards to tackle Baker on his 90-yard return. Metcalf’s incredible feat led to the USA Track and Field organization sending out a tweet to invite any NFL athlete to try out for their relay team.

Metcalf accepted the invitation and attempted to qualify for the US Olympic…

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“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called you.” — Tom Peters

When most people think about brands, they often think about celebrities and athletes with recognizable brands. Oprah, for example, has a brand steeped in her ability to connect with people. Kim Kardashian has built a famous brand based on self-promotion. Lady Gaga is well known for her music, but she has established a brand based on her fashion choices…

By now, most sports fans may be aware of Russell Wilson’s kind act of generosity for teammate Davide Moore on the final weekend of the 2020 regular season. For those who do not know, the Seattle Seahawks had a 26–23 lead against the San Francisco 49ers and possession with only 22 seconds left in the game. Ordinarily, the Seahawks would go into victory formation and end the game, but instead, to his head coach’s surprise, Wilson ran a pass play for Moore to get him his only catch of the game. …

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For five weeks, The Last Dance docuseries on ESPN captivated the attention of a sports starved audience by exploring the Chicago Bulls dynasty leading up to their final championship during the 1997–1998 NBA season. The very first episode revealed the tension that the star athletes held with the Bulls executive, Jerry Krause. Krause, the general manager for the team, was the leader responsible for surrounding Michael Jordan with talent that led to 6 NBA championships in 8 years. …

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“Greatness has no limitations of industry. If you are gonna do something, be great at it. That’s what mamba mentality is.” — Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was an 18-time NBA All-Star with 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals, and an NBA regular season MVP award. He was one of the most accomplished athletes of our generation.

Kobe’s success was built off hard work, dedication, and persistence. Later in his career, he created the mamba mentality which described his approach to basketball and business. …

Kenneth Flakes

Kenneth Flakes, PE is a licensed engineer and advocate of the STEM curriculum. He is also an avid sports fan. His work can be found at

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