My daughter Alana is an art student entering her senior year of college and she just made the Dean’s List. When my wife and I called to tell her how proud we are, Alana humbly replied that we were making too big of a deal over this. She declared that every student makes the Dean’s List if they can:
- Arrive promptly and complete projects on time
- Be prepared
- Incorporate the professor's instructions as they progress
- Ask for additional advice when necessary
I laughed and suggested that these competencies display professionalism at its highest level. No one is expected to be Salvador Dali or Andrew Wyeth at 21. However, character traits such as attentiveness, punctuality, creativity, and humility are smart business principles that make a powerful foundation for success in any field.