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5 Questions: Building Strengths, Standing Out, and Liking Reading (Ep. 261)

Another 5 questions episode has arrived, so let’s all open up our gift bags to see which delightful questions we’re going to hear about this week.

Oh, look! It’s these ones:

  • As a general rule, should I play to my strengths or work on my weaknesses?
  • Excluding grades and volunteering, how can i make myself stand out as a unique person?
  • I have ADHD and a severe dislike for reading. Any ideas on how to start changing this?
  • How did you choose what to put on your impossible list?
  • I want to work in a place where I know I’ll develop skills for the career I want, but there aren’t many direct opportunities that relate to it. Only looking for jobs in a library severely limits my options. What types of jobs can I look for that would still be useful for my career?

If you have any questions you’d like us to answer on the podcast, let us know through email, The College Info Geek Community on Reddit, our Instagram (Thomas | Martin) or Twitter (Thomas | Martin) accounts, or anywhere else you can think of.

Things mentioned in this episode:

This week’s episode is sponsored by:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:06:16 – Playing on your strengths or working on your weaknesses
  • 0:20:40 – Making yourself stand out
  • 0:25:39 – Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name)
  • 0:27:53 – Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices)
  • 0:29:45 – Making yourself stand out (continued)
  • 0:35:04 – How to start reading more
  • 0:51:42 – How Thomas chooses the challenges on his Impossible List
  • 0:57:03 – Building towards your intended career
  • 1:01:37 – Conclusion

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5 Questions: Building Strengths, Standing Out, and Liking Reading