5. They get their priorities right. They major on the “majors” and give little attention to the “minors”.
Yes, every true genius does the first things first! They will always concentrate on the most important things that determine their success. But in today’s educational milieu, one could see a high level of misplacement of values among students. They now treat important things with reckless abandon as though they’re just trivial. They major on the ‘minors’ and pay less attention to the ‘majors’. They now put the cart before the horse and ‘build their house outside the fence’!
Instead of focusing on the major thing that brought them to school, they’ll rather allow themselves to be distracted by frivolities. You need to
know this: the primary job of the student is to study and make good grades; all others are secondary! You will need to apply caution here.
In my all-time success book, I identified one of the major causes of students’ failure: CHOICES/DISTRACTIONS. What you give attention to will give you direction! It takes wisdom to do the major things first and treat them with utmost importance. You need wisdom to differentiate the “majors” from the “minors”, but you need DISCIPLINE to follow them accordingly. Note that all the “minors” are summed up and called “extra-curricular activities”.
Now let me show you a little wisdom about extras: extras are additions, stuffs put to improve or increase the main substance. Extras normally come as ‘extras’ and that means that they will come last, after the main substance has been considered. Extras are irrelevant except if the main substance is not sufficient or adequate. Now watch this: once you take the extra before the main substance, it now serves as the main substance and makes the substance the extra. This turns your purpose up-side down and automatically shifts you away from your main focus. Don’t forget also that extras are usually small in quality and quantity, and are there only to add and not to be added to. The substance is the main stuff that can accommodate the extra and not the other way round. When you take the extra first, you create enormous problems for it and the main substance because it was not meant to contain the ‘substance’. This is exactly the problem you create for yourself, for everytime you leave your studies, classes, assignments, tests etc. to pursue other things. You now make the extra the major and turn the main substance to become the minor.
If you must unleash your genius and attain academic greatness, then you must get your priorities right. You have to begin now to focus on the major things that determine your success if you intend to get to the top!
It’s time to strike the balance. Social and other extra-curricular activities should never be undertaken to the detriment of the major academic activities. They should only be considered as “secondary”! The fool does at last what a wise man does at once. The choice is yours and I hope you make the right choice dear friend. See you soon!
Yours truly motivational,
The Academic Coach.