When you were a toddler, you learned to walk. First, you started by pulling yourself up, holding onto furniture perhaps. You probably fell down more than a few times. You never gave up, you just kept getting back up and trying again, until you were able to walk on your own. You were willing to … Continue reading Most learning is trial and error
It occurred to me that I never really understood mathematics, even while I was studying it in University. As a student, perhaps I believed it was the job of my teachers to give me understanding. More likely is that I did not desire understanding at all. Instead, I was working only to get good grades … Continue reading Teach others to really learn
It has been said that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Perhaps you are meant to listen twice as often as you speak? In my opinion, you learn a lot more when you listen to others than when you talk, provided you are ready to receive the knowledge. That is, you … Continue reading Less talk, more listen
A lot of people think success is just a matter of luck. This explains why people play the lottery, hoping their luck will lead to success. There are many stories of people who won the lottery and then wasted all the money. Perhaps the problem was that they tried to get something for nothing and … Continue reading What’s luck got to do with it?
As mentioned, taking action every day is a big key for success. Of course, taking action is much easier when you have a burning desire to succeed. With a strong desire, you will naturally ask questions, so that you use the knowledge of others to check your own understanding. As a teacher, it is always … Continue reading Ask and you will receive!
Imagine you are travelling to a place you have never been before. Suppose also that you have detailed directions for how to get there. Would you just start out toward your destination without reading your directions first? If so, are you just hoping you end up in the right place without making sure you do? … Continue reading Don’t do your homework
Just about everyone wants to be successful, whether it be students in the classroom or members of society. It is fairly simple to learn how to be successful for anyone who cares about their success and desires the knowledge. In the same way, it is simple to learn how to be healthy and physically fit. … Continue reading Discipline
The words Carpe Diem mean ‘seize the day’. That is, grab hold of the day you are now living and make it the best day you can. I feel like many students believe they are not good at certain subjects, and they let the past hold them back from taking action today, to improve. Remember … Continue reading Carpe Diem
There have been times where I have found work to be stressful. When this happens, I make a list of things I need to do and focus on taking action immediately to get started. Being a person of action means you make a point of never wasting any time worrying about having too much to … Continue reading Work gives you purpose
When a student says, “This is impossible”, they seem to be suggesting that something is impossible for everyone. For example, to make a general statement that solving a math problem is impossible, suggests it is impossible for everyone, not only you. Keep in mind that other students have solved the problem in the past, so … Continue reading Nothing is impossible