You’re one of those much envied students where stellar grades just “come naturally” to you.
You don’t have to put a ton of effort into studying for tests, and that probably means you’ve developed a great understanding of how you learn best. You’re skilled at finding solutions that are beneficial all around and you have a “can-do” attitude that inspires others. You’re primed for making your dreams come true if you don’t fall prey to your main weakness -- you haven’t had to push yourself too hard, so when the going gets tough...it can feel a little tougher. It’s important to develop a resiliency against failure by failing and learning how to manage unintended negative consequences. The big truth is, you’re not going to skate by “Easy A” forever. And if you do…you’re cheating yourself out of more.
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You’re in a prime position for massive success, but you actually have a handicap: pushing through pain and difficulty to maximize your potential. Here’s what you can do:
YOUR GUIDE TO UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL
Learn to love the hard work and get your biggest payoff.
1. TRAIN YOUR BODY
For some of us, physical limits are easier to hit and push through than mental ones. It’s also easier to push yourself physically than mentally. For example, when you lift a 30lb weight you can feel the challenge. When you try and curl it, you either can, or you need less weight (or more, stud muffin). But when you’re writing an essay or working through an assignment, how do you know when you’re doing heavy lifting or just pumping those 10s without much effort? The body and brain are inextricably connected. When you work on one, you improve the other. Working out your body in a way that makes you hit physical boundaries — and pushing through them, primes your mind for being able to up the ante as well. So incorporate exercise into your schedule and you will improve your ability to do hard mental work.
2. SET YOUR STANDARDS HIGHER
If you can get A’s with ease you’re not challenging yourself enough. Sign up for tougher classes. You want to be able to skate by with a B- or B, but you need to work for an A. I was a straight A student at Berkeley and for many classes I felt like I didn’t have to push myself too hard to get there. So the next semester I got approval to sign up for graduate classes, which put me in a position to feel very inadequate and I had to work my tail off to match the experience and understanding of the other students. (Still got A’s though, and I’ll tell you it felt better than my undergrad courses, because I knew I rocked it while giving myself a challenge.)
3. BE PREPARED FOR “THE REAL WORLD”
School keeps you in a nifty little bubble. You’re supposed to be learning skills that will translate to the “real world” ie, the world where people have to make money to live in it. When you’re able to get by pretty well in school your hope is that your abilities will translate to a career. And it very well might. It has for me, but I’ve started to realize over the years that I could be in a much better position if I were more familiar with developing a strong work ethic. You’re in an amazing position — you can be successful without having to experience much pain, but that pain is a gift. The world out there is full of challenges and the better you are at overcoming challenges, the better you will feel about yourself. So start now! Read articles about motivation, overcoming challenges, self-improvement. You’re already ahead of the game so keep it up.
High School Drop Out turned Award Winning Straight A Student (at UC Berkeley, nbd) & Entrepreneur
Hey you! So excited you’re here. I know what it’s like to be unsure of the future — will my degree pay off? Can I make the absolute most of the time & money I’m spending at school?
I went from feeling insignificant & lost to publishing work in college at the request of a Pulitzer Prize holding professor (and winning $3k+ in scholarships).
Here’s my secret: You can control your experience by doing what you do best — you.
I’ll show you how. A word of caution: my strategies are often unconventional and you DO have to do the work. But the ease and magnitude of your accomplishments will far surpass what you imagined you could do.
Creatives know one simple rule: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” - Steve Jobs.
You should be stealing every bit of knowledge you can. Steal ideas, methods, secrets, tricks, best practices — everything that will help you succeed because you’ve used them to build yourself up as a person.
So, Easy A. The choice is yours. I’ve got a bunch of ideas, best practices, methods, secrets, and ticks for you…do you want to put them to use?
Some of them are paid, some of them are free — all of it is top value for you to start leveling up today.
(Ok, but to be honest, one of these videos costs about as much as a sandwich…and your return on that investment is going to be pretty killer….so….it’s up to you how bad you want it.)