TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track.

Unfortunately, self-control is a difficult skill to rely on. Self-control is so fleeting for most people that when Martin Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed two million people and asked them to rank order their strengths in 24 different skills, self-control ended up in the very bottom slot.

And when your self-control leaves something to be desired, so does your productivity.

When it comes to self-control, it is so easy to focus on your failures that your successes tend to pale in comparison. And why shouldn’t they? Self-control is an effort that’s intended…

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Alumni Feature- Matt Merritt (’13) | THE POWER OF YOUR JMU SPARK



Imagine this for a brief moment: I’m sitting in my classroom of 52 4th graders in the Metolong/Ha Makotoko village in a tiny country in Southern Africa called Lesotho. I spent two years down there teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer. My first day teaching was one I’ll never forget. As I walk into the classroom, students are running around screaming, and I can barely find any chalk to begin the lesson for the day, Greetings and Introductions. I felt it was appropriate since I hadn’t gotten the chance to meet all of my students, only there was one tiny issue; the language barrier. In Lesotho, the Basotho speak Sesotho. Ke tla qala mokoko ka Sesotho is a sentence in Sesotho. I was assigned to teach English… only my students didn’t really speak English. You can imagine where this is going. I’m trying to get everyone’s attention…

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7 Resources for Your Job or Internship Search

Beginning the search for a job or internship can be stressful. Sometimes you may not know where to start. Other times you may have a general idea of where to start, but you may be unsure of reliable resources. Here are 7 resources that can help you in your job or internship search! 1. CAP's Find … Continue reading 7 Resources for Your Job or Internship Search



If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated, if you want to try something new but you’re scared, or, heck, if you just really love reading about other people’s careers (we get you), read on to learn five lessons that, at the very least, will leave you feeling a little more inspired and motivated to hit the ground running.

1. Even Your Dream Career Will Have Downsides (But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Worth Trying)

Being in the fitness industry isn’t easy. The hours are long and irregular, making it hard to find time for friends and family, and the pay can be crappy at first. As Bo Hickey’s classmates started giving up, he was tempted to do so, too. But he just couldn’t.

“When I’d think about pursuing something different,” Hickey said, “it truly didn’t interest me. I thought, The passion is there, I’m not worried about that. I’ve just got…

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Alumni Feature- Carrie Hawes (’04) | WHERE MY MADISON EXPERIENCE HAS TAKEN ME


There is a theory we use in Career Services, referred to as Happenstance Theory by John Krumboltz. Essentially, Krumboltz theorized that “unpredictable social factors, chance events and environmental factors are important influences” on our careers. And when I look back, and the non-patterns become patterns, I see the influence of my Madison Experience on my career.

It all starts with a flyer.  In the fall of 1999, I was admitted to JMU Early Action. Like every good applicant, I visited Harrisonburg but for some reason my dad never drove west of 81 or north of 11. I never experienced downtown. I didn’t realize the glory of “Mall-Mart”. I insisted on the private, out-of-state, super elite university instead. So off to the frozen tundra of Cleveland, Ohio I went. I changed my major five times, from Vocal Performance, to Music Education, to Psychology and finally to Communication Disorders. I got involved, and…

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We Are the Dogs of JMU [VIDEO]


Need a little stress relief from finals week? Here’s a montage of some furry friends taking on the quad.

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10 Things I Learned from JMU


College is a time of soul-searching and self-discovery. My friends and I have done a lot of growing up since embarking on our college journeys, and we credit a lot of it to the amazing experiences James Madison University has granted us in our four years here. With senior year coming to a close and graduation looming ahead of us, here are ten things I learned from my time at JMU.

    1. Balance: It can be difficult to prioritize between classes, work, extra-curricular activities, job/internship/scholarship applications, hanging out with friends, keeping up with family, and taking care of yourself in college. By senior year, I have the hang of it. Sort of. The point is, I’ve learned that while schoolwork and other obligations are incredibly important, so is taking time to unwind and do things I enjoy. The key is figuring out when to give yourself a break, and when it’s…

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