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As a 25-year-old woman, I'm proud to admit that in addition to my real job, I'm also a Pokémon Trainer. I grew up surrounded by friends and family who loved Pokémon; by association I did, too. Growing up, I rebelled against being called "Ash" as a nickname, as Pokémon had forever made it a "boy name." Now here I am, playing Pokémon Go and proudly using the username "RealAsh91."

Graduating college is a big deal. The diploma you receive represents the hundreds of hours you spent in class; the thousands of hours you spent studying. More than that, this piece of paper represents all of the knowledge and experience you have acquired throughout your education. So, what do you have to show for it?

Millennials were born after 1980 and are the undisputed future of our world. These "kids" can get a bad rap—see what I did there? In reality, they are tech-savvy team players who know how to express themselves in various ways. As such, they are a welcome and important addition to any office.

As the end of the school year nears and demands from projects, events and activities peak, I find myself yearning for summer—at least for my kids' sake. Later wake-up times, fewer scheduled activities, and less stress from homework and tests.

Why do some people succeed and some people fail? That's certainly a question many of us have pondered. What does it take to be at the top of our game? Do successful people have common traits? Some say yes. Some say no. Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, says highly successful people do share something: GRIT!

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