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I. DEFINING YOURSELF AND YOUR GOALS.
II. DEVELOPING YOUR LEARNING SKILLS.
III. CREATING SUCCESS.
You are living in a world of enormous change, a world where technology turns dreams into reality, where people from every land and culture communicate and interrelate--often for the first time--and where new opportunities are created as quickly as old ones fade away. The world may seem bright with promise, even as the choices you face feel overwhelming-what to study, what career to pursue, what lifestyle to adopt, what to believe.
Two keys will help you get where you want to go. The first is an open mind--being a receptive learner. Only when you are open to information, choices, and situations can you hope to see the possibilities that are often right in front of you. The second is motivation. Throughout life, you will need the determination and drive to take advantage of those possibilities and achieve your goals.
Start by opening your mind to the many features in this text and to the resources available in your course. Keys to Success, Brief Third Edition, is filled with tools that will help you to develop the attitudes, ideas, and skills that are the building blocks of future success. Among the tools you will encounter are:
Skills that prepare you for college, career, and life. The ideas and strategies that help you succeed in college also take you where you want to go in your career and personal life. The three parts of this text help you develop a firm foundation for lifelong learning.
Skill-building exercises. Today's graduates need to be effective thinkers, team players, writers, and strategic planners. The set of exercises at the end of each chapter--"Building Skills for College, Career, and Life Success"--encourages you to develop these valuable skills and to apply thinking processes to any topic or situation:
Diversity of voice. The world is becoming increasingly diverse in ethnicity, perspective, culture, lifestyle, race, choices, abilities, needs, and more. In recognition of this fact, many voices speak to you from these pages, through the following features:
What's new in this edition. As we revise, we are in constant touch with students and instructors who tell us how we can improve. For this edition we worked with student editors and contributors gathered from all over the country. Some provided the real-life stories for Personal Triumph and chapter opening Q & As; others read our manuscript in detail and gave us honest and valuable feedback. More than ever before, this edition contains what students taking this course have told us that they want and need--and it reflects their hard work and dedication. In addition to the personal stories found throughout the text, other new elements include:
Now that you are open to what is available to you within these pages, the next step depends on your motivation--your ability to get yourself moving toward your goal. In this case, being motivated means studying Keys to Success and taking specific actions to use what you learn to create options and opportunities.
You are responsible for your education and your future. We can offer helpful suggestions, strategies, and ideas, but ultimately it's up to you to use them. We challenge you to start now to make the most of the opportunities before you. If you know yourself, choose the best paths available to you, and follow them with determination, you will earn the success that you deserve. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education-now you can build the future of your dreams.
Students and instructors: Send your questions, comments, and ideas about Keys to Success to us. We look forward to hearing from you.