Luck? Brains? Hard work?
Think for a moment of all the friends you know. Some seem to work hard all the time, others breeze through their challenges. Are successful people you know always the smartest?
There may be a secret to being a successful student, but it’s not a simple magic formula of “brains plus hard work.” Not even a matter of luck or personality.
It’s more a question of careful planning so that you use your assets, your time, and your opportunities in the most effective way.
Below are the four “strategies” which make up the “instinct of success.”
Do It the Easy Way:
Think about what you want to learn. Then ask others to explain what they know about the subject. Continue to become informed and knowledgeable.
Example: The stock market is where you go to invest your money in a company which you understand and believe the stock value will rise.
Company A: Makes shoes. What kind of shoes? The shoes you would want to wear? If the answer is no stop investigating.
Company B: Makes only tennis shoes. You wear their tennis shoes. Now you have an interest in the company.
The process is easy when you flow with it and not fight it.
Understand What Is Expected of You:
Whether it is a teacher or a superior at your job they are still just a man or a woman. Each is different. Some will want you to think things out for yourself, others may want you to repeat what they say.
All these people and their points of view have a place in education. Your understanding of your teacher’s point of view will make your lessons easier. In the workforce understanding of your superior‘s point of view will make your work easier.
Follow Your Interests:
The most successful people are the ones that know more than they have to about the subject they enjoy.
Let your interests, whatever they may be, make you an “expert” in something. You can be sure that all your studies will benefit you in your life’s journey.
Learn Your Strengths, Work Around Your Weaknesses:
How do you learn? Are you a listener and function best when someone explains it to you? What about seeing it? When you look at a piece of art, the words on a page do you retain it? Maybe you learn best by doing something, by explaining it to somebody else, drawing it or building it?
Success is not mysterious – it’s a matter of using your own interests, abilities, and time, in the best way you can.