Sit Down With Dr. Eric Thomas

Interview Conducted By Ah-Janai Hudson

There comes a time in your life when you must let go of the things and people that aren’t good for you. Last Tuesday, I attended OCAT’s (Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions) success series featuring Dr. Eric Thomas, world-renowned motivational speaker. This session was about drafting your roster, or choosing the best candidates to have on your team in order to be successful. Here is what you should think about to determine whether or not someone makes the cut:

  1. Does this person want the best for you and themselves?


If this person has your best intentions in mind, they will surely show you. They will how you to as high of standards as they hold themselves.


  1. Does he/she say what they mean and mean what they say?


Inconsistency is a huge red flag. If someone can’t stick to their word, what makes you think they will be loyal?


  1. Can you learn something valuable from this person?

Everyone has something to teach you, but is this knowledge valuable?


  1. Are they where you want to be?


Always ask yourself this question when evaluating your roster. You want someone that you can look up to as a mentor. Mentors are on the level you are trying to be on, not on your level. If you have a weakness, it should be their strength.


  1. How does this person make you feel?


Be wary of those that seem too good to be true. Chances are, they are. Look for someone that is supportive, but makes you uncomfortable when you need to change.


At the end of the day, make sure those you surround yourself with are on similar paths as you. Having like-minded people in your corner is always a plus. If you know what you want and what you don’t, your roster will be ready in no time.


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