We spent almost 15 years being brainwashed on how to be students. And we’re still paying the price.
It is proven that the most dangerous habits all come from high school.
Because if you are not willing to explore and experience, you are not willing to learn.
Traditional schooling rewards multitasking and widespread mediocrity, with a focus on ‘good enough’. means you’ve done enough, quick, get on to the next thing.
I was reading it on somewhere that almost every public speaker has experienced the back-row syndrome. Where did we learn to seek out the anonymous middle or the nether zone of the back row? Who taught us to worry about getting called on?
If you’re going to bother showing up, why not show up in the front row? It’s that tension and focus that will help you see yourself in a different light.
Wondering is a lot more effective than wandering.
School pushes hard for wide not deep. It puts maximum pain on us when we’re doing below the standard in things we don’t love, instead of pushing us to even better in the things we do.
Nuance is wasted on high school students. There’s better things to do than to immerse yourself in the maybes, the mights and the possibles. Things like getting out of the building and back to life.
Please don’t hesitate. Find something that matters to you and learn it.