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“If I don’t do (insert activity) right now, I won’t be able to catch up later/get good results/impress teachers (and so on)!”

 

How many times in your school life have you heard or uttered the above statement in complete despair, or outright conviction? Here’s an idea: School isn’t all about graduating with perfect scores.

 

Gasp! Blasphemy?

 

Well, I believe that results are overrated. That is not to say that you should not get good results. It is the duty of a student to get good results and move on to the next stage of life comfortably. My question is – at what cost? On a scale of 1 to 10, what score would you give to a) Being happy as opposed to b) Achieving a perfect score? An unhappy student may continue to slog, but his spiritual and mental health would suffer, and so would his worldview.

 

Happiness is not the only trade-off. An over-emphasis on results causes a student to take his/her eye of what is more important – actually learning something. It is no secret that mugging and cramming for final examinations does not allow for long-term retention of what is studied. The thing is, it serves its purpose well – it allows a student to score well for that particular examination, but the information studied goes bye-bye in a couple of weeks or so.

 

Not only that, but I would venture to say that concentrating on studies and results too much would cause one to lose out on the richer experiences of schooling life. When I look back on my schooling life, I don’t remember the times I spent hunched over a table, desperately trying to take in as much information as possible for my next paper (rather, I don’t have good memories of those times… not good at all). I remember the times I spent with my friends playing basketball and soccer. I remember the silly arguments we had over ridiculous things. I remember the sports competitions I participated in with my fellow teammates.

 

In sum, I remember the relationships I had with various parties throughout my schooling life, the impact they had on me, and I on them. It is safe to say that I learnt the most from these people – things that linger to this date.

 

Think about it this way – your life span averages about 70-80 years old. Look at the long-term benefits and consequences of your goals and motivations in school, and put them into perspective. Some things might seem more important in the short-term, but would they matter in twenty years time? It’s your call to make.

 

What does this have to do with being different in school? The norms of schooling is such that you will be continually tempted to place studies as your priorities, 24/7. At the risk of being stoned by parents, I’m going to say this: Don’t. At least, not always. Remember, there is a time and place for all things.

 

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, or even drop me an e-mail. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Ready to leave the old life behind, renew your mindset, and begin living life with an insatiable passion? Here are 3 things you can do this very moment to prepare for your journey – its going to be a great one!

 

   1) Question

Question everything around you. Don’t just accept answers thrust to you – ask, ask, ask!

Why must everyone go through with education all the way till the college standard, when some of us already have a burning desire to do something else already?

Why am I still struggling away at my job, living life for pay day year in year out, when I could make my passion my work?

Why is Coke so incredibly addictive?

Okay, the last one isn’t exactly relevant, but you get the picture.

(Note: Apparently Coke’s special ingredients were released last year, hmm.)

 

   2) De-clutter

Look around you right now. Are you surrounded by a mess of items that you hardly use? Or things that you have used so often that you simply could not live without them?

Here’s my challenge: Really think about those items that are in your life now. Could you not survive without them? If you think you could (and there is a high likelihood that you can – just look at the caveman), then start throwing out things ruthlessly today.

Remove dependency from your life, one item at a time.

 

   3) Passionize

Yeah, I made that word up. Passionize yourself now. Take out a paper, and write down all the things that you can’t stop talking about. It could even be about your dog, or your incredible girlfriend – put it all out there.

Look through your list, and start to hype yourself up. Imagine what you could do with each passion you have listed. Envision living in the Alps with your girlfriend, earning passive income off the Internet with your exciting travel stories and e-books in 5 years. Put a smile on your face.

My dream would be to be living an absolutely carefree life, operating an outsourced online freelance writing business from a small farm in New Zealand, together with my current girlfriend. Seems simple – but its a start 😉

 

I’m really interested to know all of your passions. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what your huge and ambitious dreams are for living out your passions!

 

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It was a huge leap of faith for me, but I’m finally here.

 

You can read more about my story here, but here are two reasons why I started this site:

 

1) I want to make a difference.

2) I want to do this through my writing.

 

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