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5 Questions: Mental Toughness, Quitting a Job, and Trying to Disconnect (Ep. 270)

Why hello there, dear listener. Today’s the perfect day for another five questions episode.

Once a month or so, we take five questions from social media, the College Info Geek community on Reddit, and email. Then, we discuss and attempt to answer each question, speed-dating style.

Here are the five questions this time around:

  • I’m heading off to college next fall. Is it too early to start a personal website?
  • How can I develop mental toughness?
  • Do you have any advice for someone trying to disconnect despite having a computer centered job and hobbies that are pretty much all online?
  • How do you know when it’s the right time to quit a job?
  • How does one prepare for an oral exam?

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  • 0:03:07 – Starting a personal website
  • 0:08:33 – Developing mental toughness
  • 0:22:08 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:24:15 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:26:40 – Disconnecting from the virtual world
  • 0:34:43 – Knowing when to quit a job
  • 0:43:07 – Preparing for an oral exam
  • 0:47:36 – Conclusion

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