2016-08-01

What does a successful year look like for you? Maybe it means graduating from college with honors with a job lined up for next fall. Or maybe it means helping a young student build confidence in himself so that he's able to participate in class. There are many ways individuals can define success. But whether you’re a City Year AmeriCorps member, a young professional or a seasoned veteran in your career field, the foundation to achieving success are the same.

From embracing a positive mindset, to understanding the important role mistakes play in learning, here are three videos that will help you make the most of your year.

A Letter to the future from Kid President

"Yes there's bad stuff. But it doesn't have to stay that way." Kid President believes in the power of young people. Small acts of kindness and empathy can create big change. In this video, he offers his advice on how to make today, tomorrow, and every day awesome—for you and for your commnity. "You can be anything you want today. So be bold, be kind, be awesome. Repeat. It's like shampoo."

An Experiment in Gratitude

Never under estimate the power of gratitude. Have you taken the time to thank a mentor in your life? Whether it's with a card, letter or simply picking up the telephone, it's important to let others know how much you appreciate them.

How to learn? From mistakes.

Mistakes play a vital role in learning. How can we ensure that we're creating a learning environment where it's okay to try new things, make mistakes? Elementary school teacher Diana Laufenberg shares her insights on mistakes and the learning process in this Ted Talk.

Read more:

It's not Happiness that Brings Us Gratitude. It's Gratitude that Brings Us Happiness.

Student Showcase: Poems About Gratitude

4 Skills I Strengthened During My City Year

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