PENDLETON — As they go along life’s pathway, guest speaker Herm Allen urged Tri-County Technical College’s honor society inductees to think about four important elements that will contribute to paving the road to their futures – passion, attitude, values and enthusiasm.
Allen, who has more than 20 years of student development experience, serves as the College’s Educational Talent Search program coordinator. He also operates Herm Allen Coaching and the author of F.O.C.U.S. on Your Future: Five Simple Principles to Reach Your Goals.
He spoke to the 36 students being inducted into Alpha Zeta Beta, a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Initiates into the Alpha Zeta Beta chapter must have completed at least 12 hours of college work leading toward an associate degree and have attained a grade point ratio of 3.5 or better. Initiates also must be judged of good moral character and possess demonstrated qualities of good citizenship and service.
The first element to consider is passion, Allen said. “Working hard at a job you don’t care about is stress,” he said. “Working hard for something you love is called passion. Love it Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday — every day.”
Attitude is equally as important, he said. “Attitude is a difference maker. It says a lot about who you are. And attitude dictates how you get through the day,” he said. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Attitude will pave the way for you to be successful. Don’t just rely on ability.”
Your values also play a critical role in your job, he said. “What do you value? I encourage you to do a values assessment. Use work as a reflection of your values. Don’t take it lightly and be mindful that your values follow you when you change careers,” he said.
Lastly, enthusiasm is a motivator, he said.
“When you are passionate, enthusiasm will follow.”
The following students were inducted as new members:
Anderson: Alex Austin, Danielle Brown, Ashley Clayton of Anderson, Jessica Davis, Celeste Edwards, William Fowler, Kristal Hodge, Paul Nelson, Hailey Thrasher, Philip Westbrooks, Olivia Leigh Wright, Danielle Yarrington-Schmitz
Easley: Chad Dodson, Patricia Greene, Jason Merck, Ashley Roberts, Timothy Ryan Smith
Liberty: James Knott
Pendleton: Hannah Easterling
Piedmont: Elizabeth Aranda