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Career and Goal Quiz
John Carrieri

1. What is the most important factor in achieving your goals?
A. Study those that have been successful.
B. Write down your goals.
C. Work 80 hours per week.
D. Being at the right place at the right time.

Answer B While studying those who have been successful is a great help, writing down your goals is the surest way to achieve them.

2. What is the great equalizer among all humans wishing to succeed?
A. Money
B. Connections
C. Time
D. Luck

Answer C While some might have more money, connections or even luck than you, everyone has a finite amount of time. It's how you spend this precious resource that will determine your success in life.

3. What best illustrates this quote by Elbert Hubbard: "Folks who never do any more
than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do."

A. Bring your boss coffee every day.
B. Come to work on time every day and work a full 40-hour week.
C. Invent or improve something at your job beyond your job duties.
D. Brown nose.

Answer C Always keep an open eye as to how you can improve life around you, whether it's at work or in your regular life. Always go the extra mile.

4. Who said? "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me,
this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out
all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."

A. George W. Bush
B. Abraham Lincoln
C. Sir William Wallace
D. Jesus

Answer B While Lincoln is famous for many things and many quotes, this one points out one of the key ingredients to his success. He never let doubters get him down or hinder what he wanted to do.

5. Does faith or spirituality help one in the "real world?"
A. No, It's a dog eat dog world and only the strong survive.
B. No, Faith is personal and has no bearing in the work place.
C. Yes, it helps one meditate through difficult times.
D. Yes, taking the path that you know is right in your gut and your heart is always the best path.

Answer D Faith and spirituality regardless of which religion or affiliation will help you get through life, especially through hard times. In the end, a career guided by spirituality will help not only the individual but our world.

6. What is the most important use of my time in college to further my career besides
my studies?

A. Building relationships in a fraternity or sorority
B. Unpaid or Paid Internship in the field you want to study
C. Paying part-time job
D. Mastering the game of quarters.

Answer B While networking is great, an internship is the opportunity to get valuable experience in the real world and will help set you apart from those with no experience.

7. What is the most important factor to be successful?
A. Obtain the highest college degree possible.
B. Knowing your career from an early age.
C. Focusing on your goal and working hard to achieve it.
D. Take the highest paying position available.

Answer C. First identifying what your real goals are and working hard at them are the surest way to achieve them. While identifying your career at an early age, and more education are nice, they will not determine your success. Focus and work hard.

8. What does Vicissitudes mean?
A. Tried and true.
B. Reach your greatest plateau.
C. Moral stamina
D. Ups and downs of life.

Answer D There are bound to be ups and downs in life. I was taught this word in high school, and later thought how true this is. Rejoice in the ups but also be prepared for the downs because they will inevitably come. Save for a rainy day!

9. Who said "Never Never Never Quit?"
A. John F. Kennedy
B. Genghis Khan
C. Sir Winston Churchill
D. Mark Twain

Answer C "Never Never Never Quit?" This is crucial to your success regardless of what your goals are. Thank God, Churchill listened to his own advice.

10. What are your goals?
(There is no right answer except what would make you happy and fulfilled.)


©2005 John Carrieri