It’s a matter of pleasing yourself. It has nothing to do with doing your best.
Doing your best is pushing yourself to your limits. It’s stressful. It’s difficult. It’s the kind of thing that, if you do every minute of every day, you’ll end up with a worse and worse best as time goes on. The stress will just build up and you’ll end up with mediocre being the best you can do on a daily basis.
You don’t need to “do your best” to be successful in school. If you do a sufficient job and are of average intelligence then you’ll end up with an above average grade.
Quite frankly, most of the people that say they’re doing their best are just making excuses for themselves.
“Well… I did my best,” they’ll tell you.
Then you might ask them, “so you studied a lot for the test?”
“Well… Yea… the night before I pulled an all-nighter.”
Then, of course, you find out that the all-nighter was the complete amount of time they spend studying. They now feel comfortable saying that they “did their best” while ignoring the weeks or months before that they could have spent actually doing something that would dramatically improved their grade.
Doing your best on the night before the test shouldn’t excuse you from your failures. Heck, if you “do your best” on your test but didn’t put 10 seconds into preparing for the test then you shouldn’t go on excusing your bad results. If you’re going to claim you’re “doing you best” you should at least put a few weeks of perspective on the situation.
Doing your best isn’t necessary if you’re doing it right. For more information on this you might want to read Why Bad Students (Sometimes) Make The Best Students.
If you study a few minutes a night then you’ll usually end up well ahead of the “do their best” last minute crowd. You don’t even have to be consistently doing your best. If you show up and are able to muster the minimum amount of focus then you’ll still be crushing them.
Don’t think that you need a massive effort to get massive grades. More important, don’t use “doing your best” to forgive yourself for being too short-sighted to prepare.
Do you want to know how to study in less than 15 minutes a night? That’s what this blog is all about. Be sure to check out the archives and follow along. Also, be sure to read the books in the sidebar to learn more.
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.
If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.
Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.