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The Other Wes Moore - Student Reader Guide: Theme 6: Lessons and Goals

Polk State College 2016 College Read Project for Students

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Lessons and Goals

In the first paragraph of the book, Wes reflects on an experience from his childhood and says, “Like a dog chasing a car, I had no idea what to do.” Conversely, toward the end of the book, Wes writes that, “Life’s impermanence, I realized, is what makes every single day so precious. It’s what shapes our time here. It’s what makes it so important that not a single moment be wasted.” These two examples from the book illustrate an instance when Wes did not have a goal and an instance when he realized the importance of having goals.

What do you think?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “goal?”

What is the difference between a short term and a long term goal?

What goals have you set for yourself in the past? Did you accomplish them?

Creating a SMART Goal

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