Contrary to what most people around you are trying to say, school is not all that important.
And… contrary to what that might make you think, realizing that will only help your ability to do well in it.
Humans have this strange ability to overestimate the importance of virtually everything that they decide to do. I can see the old cliche of a student saying, “my life is over,” to some stupid and minor school problem. In reality, failing that test or class or getting kicked out for some stupid reason rarely has a significant effect on a person’s life. When it does have a large impact it is almost always because the person overreacts and causes it themselves.
“I failed! My life is over! I’m dropping out!” The problem wasn’t the failure it was the overreaction afterwards. In virtually all problems of life from failures, they can be corrected absolutely 100% within a year or two. This is particularly true with school.
This human ability to overestimate the danger can be helpful. If you were wandering the woods and thought you heard a bear coming, you would naturally overreact and freak out until you prove otherwise. That’s because the ancestors that didn’t overreact to potential life threatening situations got eaten by bears.
School is not where you need to worry about getting eaten by bears (too often…)
When you’re worried about your life being over you may be good at running but you’re sure as hell not good at remembering minor details you’re trying to learn. Realizing how unimportant school really is lets you use the most powerful parts of yourself to handle school. That makes you significantly more successful at it.
Aaron Richardson took his grades from fighting F’s to Easy A’s. In the process, he read over 300 books on personal development. Today he’s founded 2 blogs on studying including Smart Student Secrets. He’s written 3 books on the subject. His work has been featured on some of the biggest news, psychology, and student sites on the internet.
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