Proclamation for Life After College: JJ Entry #29

Proclamation for Life After College: JJ Entry #29

by Nicholas Tart on May 18, 2010 · 16 comments

Today was the first day of the rest of my life and it makes me uneasy.

I graduated from Colorado State University on Saturday, May 15th and for the first time in my life I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing a year from now. Fortunately, I have a great idea of what I want to be doing, but there is so much uncertainty.

As one of my last assignments in my capstone class I created a personal strategy plan to help me figure out who I am, what I want to do and how I’m going to get there. This is my proclamation for life after college.

My personal strategy plan has two parts:

  1. Personal Strategic Articulation Map (fancy, huh?!)
  2. Personal Strengths and Opportunities

Part I: Personal Strategic Articulation Map

A personal strategic articulation map sets the foundation for who you want to be with six sections:

  1. Mission - who you are
  2. Vision - what you want to do
  3. Values - things that you never, ever compromise/violate
  4. Market Differentiators - how you’ll be different from everyone else
  5. Strategic Objectives - how you’re going to measure if you’re successful
  6. Critical Processes - how you’re going to accomplish your vision

Strategic Articulation Map

Part II: Personal Strengths and Opportunities

This part of my personal strategy plan is a lot like a SWOT Analysis, except it focuses only on the positives. Below is a list of the things that I’m good at and how I’ll use those strengths to unearth opportunities.

Strengths Opportunities
I’m passionate about entrepreneurship. I’ll be able to convey that passion through my work, through general networking and through speaking engagements. Since I’m passionate about it, I can work my butt off without it feeling like work.
I’m a visionary when it comes to building my company. I know exactly what I want to do, how to do it and how I can convey that to others who want to help. People are a lot more willing to help someone with a clear direction than someone who just wants general guidance.
I’m stubborn when it comes to my mission and I would rather move home than get a job. I’m not going to give up. I know that the products I want to continue developing are valuable. As long as they’re valuable, there is a way to sell them. I will figure this out even if it’s from my parent’s basement.
According to my GPA and other people I admire, I’m fairly intelligent. I have the ability to think critically about my company so I will be able to solve problems as they hit. Plus, people want to work with intelligent people so I’ll be able to collaborate when the opportunities arise.
I’m optimistic about my future. I am too dang smart and too dang passionate about my company for it not to work. I understand it takes about two years for a business to become profitable and I’m at 21 months, baby! As long as I follow my passion, I will find a way to make money because I’m going to be the best in the world at what I do.
I’m achievement motivated. I’m not going to settle for realistic mediocrity. I never have. I have an intrinsic motivation to be successful and nothing can stop me. (Except, maybe a girl.) – Honesty and Transparency
I have a strong work ethic. I have the ability to stay up all night working on something that I’m passionate about, sometimes on accident. When things need to get done, I’ll be able to get them done. Deadlines won’t phase me.
I love networking and talking about business. It’s obvious when someone knows what they’re talking about. I will always enjoy meeting new people and talking to them about business. Since I have a genuine love for networking, people will be attracted to my passion and will be much more willing to give me advice.
I don’t watch TV (except for The Office and Minute to Win It). Since I’m not hypnotized by the television, I’ll have a lot more time in my life to pursue the things I love.

The Back-Up Plan

Starving Graduate

If all else fails...

Let’s do this!


1 Agent Deepak | Blogging, Markting & Success May 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

So you have sorted your life and what you are going to do. That is really good strategy. I know you will get success in whatever you do. Best of Luck.

By the way the Back-up plan made me laugh a little.
.-= Agent Deepak | Blogging, Markting & Success´s last blog ..Blogging is SIMPLE but was NEVER Easy =-.

2 Nick Tart May 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Hey Deepak! Yeah, going through this exercise helped me take a broad look at my life an lay down some specific details of how I’m going to become the person I want to become. I know, that’s generic but I enjoyed it.

I’m glad it made you laugh ;).

3 Chase Brumfield May 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm


Congratulations on graduation… what an Honor.

I have no doubt you will be successful beyond what you can imagine for the simple fact that you treat people the way they are meant to be treated. You respect people, value honesty, and go out of your way to help someone in need… and for that… you’ve always got my support no matter what comes your way.

To all your success, and more than that, to fulfillment in every area of your life!

Chase Brumfield

4 Nick Tart May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hey Chase! Thank you, sir! Successful beyond what I can image?! I don’t think you realize how imaginative I can be ;). You always have great things to say, Chase. I really appreciate it. I’m sure I’ll see you along the way, dude!

Thanks again.

5 Jonathan Romig May 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Dude! Huge fan of this article and of you!!! Go wild. Dive into your life! :) The ending pic made the story perfect. Under Armour galore!
-Your friend forever

6 Nick Tart May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Jonathan! I’m a huge fan of!!! Thanks for your support. Over the last day or so you have told me to fly and to dive… I will fly first so I don’t run into the ground.


7 Jonathan Romig May 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Klint looks rather like a nerd in this photo.

8 Nick Tart May 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

Klint may look like a nerd, Jonathan! But anyone who uses the phrase “rather like” is indeed a nerd. Congrats!

9 Jonathan Romig May 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Haha! Thanks Nick! I’m a conflicted person, so it makes sense that I would give you those contradictory tidbits! Fly then dive. Fly then dive.

10 Nick Scheidies May 19, 2010 at 12:24 am

I know you can accomplish all of this and more, Tart.

Now, stop having fun and get to work. ;)

11 Nick Tart May 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

Thanks, Scheidz! Consider work to be gotten to!

12 King Sidharth May 23, 2010 at 3:59 am

Yo Nick! You can do it.
This reminds me of what my friends told me: You were eager to dip your toe in water… so you could prefer and desire and create.

Go ahead and dive in man, I am notvery far behind. Just yet to decide what subject to graduate about.

I am having a drink here, to your success!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Niche is Dead – It’s Time to Go Wild =-.

13 Nick Tart May 23, 2010 at 4:24 am

There you are, King! Thanks for the motivation and for the toast! This a pretty cool exercise to go through. I recommend it.

14 Charles February 24, 2011 at 11:25 am

Sorry about the late response, but I came across your article and I love the chart. I hope you’re not doing your backup plan now =). Great infographic — it’s very clear you have an objective in your mind.

Hope all is well.

15 Nick Tart February 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Thanks, Charles! Haven’t resorted to the back-up plan yet.

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