Get Off Your Butt


This week I got an email from the Fisher Institute titled: “Get Off Your Butt.” It was a rainy Wednesday on the hill and the motivation was quickly drifting away. I knew I needed to see what this presentation was all about and I’m so glad I got off my butt to go!

Professor Bill Moylan delivered an innovative, high energy presentation to the room of students and faculty in Davis Hall Auditorium. He has had more than 35 years of business experience, including big corporate companies like the Clorox Company, H.J. Heinz Company, and Nestle Foods.  He also has experience as an entrepreneur and as a Professor at seven colleges, including the University of Hawaii, Boise State University, and here on the Hill.

He started off by asking us how we would answer the question, “Why should I hire you?” The answer he shared on the screen was “I am a highly motivated self-starter with the requisite you desire who can GET THINGS DONE.” If we could believe this sentence and make it our own, we would set ourselves up for success.

It’s that simple.

He then highlighted the Big Four outlined in his book, “Get Off Your Butt.” These tips can help us to achieve the ultimate personal and professional success we all desire. Here’s a quick summary:

First: Have the right mindset

If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. Never underestimate what you are capable of doing. Self-limiting beliefs create fearful, unmotivated, complacent individuals.

Second: Determine exactly what you want

Make sure you know exactly what you want because there will be problems along the way you will need to face. If you don’t have a definite end goal, these bumps along the way will keep you from moving forward.

Third: Put together a plan and do the hard work necessary to implement the plan

Your goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Sensitive. Write them down and read them daily.

Fourth: Make sure you have the right requisites skills to achieve your plan

Research what you need to know in order to be successful and practice those skills. Be prepared to prove yourself.

If you are interested in learning more, pick up a book written by our very own Professor Molan “Get Off Your Butt.”

Joyce Salles is a senior at Nichols College majoring in marketing and minoring in hospitality. She is also interns for the Office of Marketing and Communications. 

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