I was recently listening to a recording by Earl Nightingale, who said, "the vast majority of people have never sat down and written out on paper, a problem they wish to solve". It seems people wish to solve it, but that’s not good enough, since they actually never get started solving it. Napoleon Hill said … Continue reading How to solve a problem
Recently, all the water pipes in my home needed to be replaced. This meant we would need to pay for the repairs and the water would be shut off during the daytime for 8 days. To most people, this would simply be viewed as an inconvenience and they would be annoyed at having to pay … Continue reading Adversity is the best teacher
I have written a lot about the actions you must take to be a successful student and person. But, what exactly is success? I believe success means something different for everyone. A good definition might be, ‘taking action every day to follow-through on your plans for reaching the goals you have set for yourself’. The … Continue reading What is success?
As mentioned, fear of failure causes many people to never get started at all. The key seems to be to push aside your fear by taking action right away. Everyone, including professional athletes, struggle with this, always having doubts about what they can do. Oddly, it seems that small children are much better than older … Continue reading You can’t finish without starting
In my experience, students often get discouraged quickly when they make mistakes or get a low mark. Most learning happens when you make a mistake and use it as an opportunity to improve. Never let a mistake hold you back, since it should instead propel you forward. When you get an assignment or test back, … Continue reading Focus on Improving
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
I have been blessed to work with many extremely strong math students, who soak up new knowledge very quickly and in great depth. It seems that some people are born with talent for certain things, but talent will only take them so far. When you are given a problem you have never seen before that … Continue reading Talent is not enough
Whenever you are faced with a new challenge, you are very likely going to make mistakes. Each mistake should just be a sign that you need to change your approach a little. Never worry for a second that you have made an error, but instead, begin immediately to learn from it. In this way, you … Continue reading Mistakes Are Beautiful