Learning Life's Lessons

Aug 17, 2018

Life advise from those who have lived their lives to the fullest. Brought to you by the USU University Inn and Conference Center Summer Citizens Program

Betty Alvarado From Fort Worth, Texas

When you face a problem, ask yourself “will this matter in five years?” to get a better perspective. Be kind. Treating others as you would like to be treated is an act that never goes out of style. Look past the person’s exterior. And remember, someday you may be old, slow, balding, confused, and will appreciate a bit of kindness. 

Betty Alvarado From Forth Worth, Texas

One of my mottos for life is, “Everything in moderation.” Enjoy social media, but don’t let it steal the time you could use for volunteer work or visiting a depressed friend, or for calling home. You will feel much better about yourself when you help others. So, turn off the phone, go out and enjoy real life. 

Beverly Belari

Ask for help! That has been one of the most valuable life lessons I have had in my whole experience. But how do you do that? You need to get crystal clear on exactly what you want at that specific time and then ask everyone you know to teach you, advise you, and perhaps even help you come to some solutions as to what can help you out in your situation. Ask teachers, community, volunteers, family, friends, anyone who is in your life, and report back and tell them how they helped you out. This will help you in your success and your life. 

Beverly Belari

I’m a businesswoman and my best advice for women is that you just say “yes!” Even if you’re hesitant as to whether you can do a project or whatever, just say “yes!” Trust your own brilliance, creativity, and gifts. If there is something you do not know ask for help. Ask as many people as you know to get an answer and to help you out with a project. Then, boldly do it. 

Bruce Ellison From Albuquerque 

I used to live in Sun City, Arizona, I’ve come up here for about 10 years now. One to keep in mind, there is only one thing that you have absolute control over in your life. It’s what you do right now. So, be kind. Just to the person next to you and perhaps it’ll work out! 

Bruce Ellison From Albuquerque 

I want to tell you about Bill Donkin, who was the manager of a department store and a graduate of Antioch College. The first commencement speaker there was Horace Mann and at the end of his overlong talk, he said, “Be ashamed to die until you’ve won some victory for humanity.” I’m interviewing Bill Donkin and I said, “What was your victory for humanity?” and he said, “ I don’t know if you can call it a victory, but I put the first full-page newspaper ad with a black model and I was terrified to go to work Monday, I got calls from the newspaper ad managers all over the country asking me what happened and when I said ‘nothing’ that one small thing turned into a victory for humanity.”

Howard Poch

I want to share with you today about life as a dyslexic. And I have been successful because I had the drive to do it and people have helped me throughout the way to get my AA, my BA, and my master's degree and it’s all worked out good as an engineer in the oil field and a fireman in the air force. One of the things I would encourage everybody is don’t give up. Get the right people to work around you. Stay busy. Go about your life. It’s worthwhile. 


Life lessons about career: cover all your bases. I got a BA, an MSW in-house care, and an MBA in public administration. I worked full time to do my part-time jobs. You have to love what you do or don’t apply. Always have time for family, friends, church, work and play. 

Nick Alvarado From Fort Worth, Texas

My career afforded me the opportunity to travel to many countries around the world. A universal observation for anyone traveling is how I smile or say hello, or thank you in your host country's language will often open many doors and often make that first impression of an American visitor a positive one. I was taught a smile, a polite nod of my head or a kind word will open so many more doors than a frown, look of indifference, or angry words directed at someone. Treat everyone as you would like them to treat you. 

Norene Stafford From Tucson, Arizona

This is a poem by James Metcalf: “Life is not impossible as great as problems seem. A star may be within your reach to carry out a dream. It may not have the special shape or be the very kind that you have hoped and wished for and have always had in mind. But life is really good to you each hour of each day unless you lack desire and you waste your time away. Yes, you may suffer the tragedy that you did not invite, and many things may happen that you think cannot be right. But, God is watching over you in pleasure and in pain and he may have that special goal he wants you to attain. 

Norman Palmer From Peoria, Arizona 

My career actually started after a year of college when I enlisted in the merchant marines. And I learned a lot about life, liberty, and respect for the people who really fought for it. After that, I entered a career in textiles. This trade taught me a lot about working with people, listening to people, and respecting people’s ideas, thoughts, and words. That is a very important thing. 

Norman Palmer Form Peoria, Arizona

This is my 20th year in Logan, that makes me practically a native. Whatever you choose to do with life, try to select whatever you will be comfortable and happy with. Not only your occupation but your mate. Regarding your mate, mutual respect and sharing everything right down to taking out the garbage. This is very important to make a good marriage. 

Patsy Taylor

I have a background of twenty plus years in human resources experience and I’d like to share so words of wisdom with you when interviewing. Make sure you are on time, dress appropriately, give the interviewers a firm handshake and look them square in the eye. Come prepared, anticipate their questions, and you know this is a two-way street. You can ask them questions about the business, don’t ask at this time about salary or benefits. I hope that you have a good time interviewing and that you find the job of your dreams. 

Norene Stafford From Tucson, Arizona

These are my words of wisdom. Yes, Virginia, there is a model town in the US nestled in the mountains where clear streams flow and blue lakes glisten in the sunlight. A town where people care and help one another. One day, at a local gas station, a young man asked my husband of 77 years if he could help him pump gas or clean his windshield. This type of kindness is found throughout Logan. After watching a movie about the Mormon religion, a young college female student insisted on walking us home so we would be safe. Logan is a wonderful place.