I’ve never been much of a garden kinda’ guy.
I’m more of a stare at my computer until my eyes are about to fall out and land on my desk just to take a break kinda’ guy.
But… for those of us that spend all day on the computer, it can still be nice to get outside for a while.
This weekend I spent a day visiting my father who has just reached retirement and is going full time working on his garden.
My father has been working on this lifestyle of his for almost a decade now. (That’s older than a lot of you reading this. Heck… That’s approaching my age.) And he’d been planning it for 20 years.
I’ve never been quite as patient as my father.
I’ve always wanted stuff NOW. And I was willing to take some risks to make stuff happen. And when I was younger, I sorta’ looked down on the way my father played it so safe in life.
By all means, my go crazy and take risks approached worked out well for me – I understand it doesn’t for everyone.
But it was definitely nice to go for a walk through the garden he’s been slowly improving for all these years.
Almost nothing is blooming yet but the colors are starting to show and the fruits are starting to show their first signs of growing.
He’s planted plenty of fruit trees. And this year he’s going to have a few chances to pick fresh fruit right off the tree. Organic. Fresh. Sweet. And raised from day 1 by him.
There is a lot of satisfaction in that. – Fulfillment even.
Fulfillment is something that I’ve rarely feel that in my go crazy take risks approach. Maybe it’s my type-a nature? It’s never enough? But I don’t think it’s that…
Fulfillment isn’t about achieving your goals. It’s also about filling in the space under your goals.
(You can climb a ladder to reach great heights but you need to be careful not to climb so fast that you lose the ladder under you. Then you’re just dangling their holding on to your goal for dear life.)
That tree wasn’t a shortcut.
It was a long journey.
But… I still believe shortcuts have their place.
(This brings up one of my biggest fears. People use the strategies I teach to get killer grades but never take the time to understand how fundamentally this stuff can improve their life – if they make responsible decisions. This stuff is like a ladder. You can reach great heights but it’s still helpful to secure that ladder.)
I push limits with the way I write. (I come off a bit extreme at times.) Like this one…
I know that sounds crazy. But tons of students do it. I did it myself. And a good chunk of it is shortcuts.
Shortcuts are good. And I think finals are a great time to use them because you don’t have a decade to wait before you take finals. Your grades will stick with you for life and if you screw them up now – you can never take those tests again.
But most people who read that guide are getting a little something extra with it –
This isn’t about the quick way to an A+. It’s about a way of thinking smarter.
There is a smart way to do stuff. And their is the… other way… the common way… the way you’ve probably been taught (by people that truly wanted to help) to do it.
But when time is of the essence…
Shortcuts can get you to your destination –
but never forget the taste of biting into the apple you grew yourself. That’s the kind of stuff that gets you sleeping real good at night.
P.S. I published an article on skipping class. It was scheduled for a while now. So, I’ll just leave the link here and remind you all about it when the academic world starts spinning back on it’s normal axis.
This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.
I’m about 4 hours away from something big.
The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.
It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.
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