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The most successful people I’ve ever met spend most of their lives overwhelmed.
These successes don’t magically control every aspect of their lives perfectly. For the most part, they’re just juggling effectively.
Talk to someone in the prime of their productivity and they’ll almost always look similar to these:
Ask a great athlete in the middle of their game, “what are you thinking about out there?”
They’ll give you a bit of an awkward face for a moment while they leave productive mode and get back into reflective mode. They might even have to be asked the question a second time because their response will just be a confused, “what?”
That’s how business executives act when they’re in the middle of something big.
They’re so busy doing things in their head that it takes them a second to switch their brain to a different mode.
This is a good position to be in.
It’s a sign that you’re focused. It’s a sign that you’re doing something big.
You can’t do it forever.
Sure… over time you’ll get stronger and better at managing tons of things but you’re human. (I’m personally glad you’re human. Humans make much better company.)
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed with the things you’re thinking about.
It’s good to get super focused on achieving your goals.
It’s downright admirable.
That being said, the only purpose of your life shouldn’t be to win the admiration of others.
The purpose of your life should include something for you.
Do great things!
They will require you juggle tons of difficult decisions and problems.
(That’s what make them great. Not everyone can manage them.)
But never lose sight of the person you should be trying to please. You know, the person wearing your hair as a hat. If you donated your hair to someone at some point in your life then that won’t make sense. In fact, it probably doesn’t make sense to most of you. 🙂
Learn to appreciate the planned step back.
By slowing down intentionally, you protect yourself from completely burning out when you’re desperate to be successful.
(I’ve heard many a horror story of students breaking down during finals. That ends up costing them huge points because they just can’t get themselves to do what they need to do.)
A strategic rest session once in a while can help you keep your head on straight.
It keeps your priorities in check.
And, shucks, isn’t it kind of fun once in a while?
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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.
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