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I did not take that class

Published:Sunday | December 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Three pretty students revise for their final examinations.

I have taken many classes in my life. Since I was about five years old, moving from primary to secondary to tertiary levels of education, doing a bachelor's and a master's degree, plus post-graduate certification in specialised areas has had some influence on where I am today.

I am grateful for the knowledge, exposure, and discipline that are associated with traditional schooling, but there is nothing better than 'Life School'. That's the school that really teaches you how to cope, critically think, get creative in compromising and sticky situations or when your back is against the wall.

There were also many classes I didn't take. When you attend primary school, you really don't have a choice, but when you progress to secondary level, you are allowed a choice of which subjects or classes to take and so you do that. How come we don't apply that to our lives in Life School? How come we don't select the best classes with the best teachers to help us get where we need to go in the next three to five years? There are some of you who feel obligated to attend all the classes you hear about and see, but there are some classes you really don't want to go to.

A class you really do not want to attend is the school of failure. The school of failure is pungent with negativity. This is the class that teaches you to give up at the first sign of a challenge. I wouldn't even say trouble, but more a challenge. This class teaches you that you do not have what it takes to make it in Life School, so just stay in the position you are at and you will be all right and safe. Believe it or not, this class is always filled.

Constant failure

It doesn't lack students, for there are many who believe in this class and who are not willing to do that extra to get out of the class. Those who attempt to do so are jeered at and made to feel that they are wrong for doing so or that they are better than the rest of the students in the class and through peer pressure, they fall back into the comfort zone. Why not? Misery loves company, right? And you want to be friends and keep your friends, so it may be best to maintain the status quo and remain where you are.

Wrong!

There may be some of you who decide you are leaving the School of Failure to test to see if your dreams are bigger than your desires or vice versa. You step out boldly, but without much confidence and a whatever-it-takes attitude, you start facing rejection, you are getting more no's than yes's.

You are beating the pavement and making no sales. You are approaching hundreds of publishers and no one wants to offer you a contract to publish your book. You are working for 20 years at the same institution and you haven't received a raise, more vacation, or even some recognition. You start your own business and no one seems to be interested in what you have to offer. You post something on Facebook and all you can get are likes and no takers. You feel dejected and start blaming yourself because you think you are doing something wrong or question whether there is really an interest for what you do.

When this happens, you start thinking of going back to the School of Failure, but, feeling embarrassed to face your old friends, you now progress to the 'I Told You So' class, where those who attempted to make a change were told by their friends that what they were attempting to do would never work. This class is a bit smaller in numbers than the school of failure, for no one likes to be told 'I told you so'.

Then there is the class of 'I am not ... (fill in the blanks' class) like I am not educated enough, or I am not popular, or I am not rich, or I am not a fluent speaker, or I am not friendly, or I am not white or brown-skinned, and the list can go on and on. This class is known in the hallway as the class of 'Excuses'. Everyone knows this class because we all passed through it at one point or another in our lives. Some students, though tired of making excuses, wake up one day and decide they will put an end to it and work towards the School of Success for something needed to change. They came to realise that after living with excuses for so long, they were not able to pass the test to move up in life. They were just stagnant day in day out, year in year out. The conversations remained the same, the lifestyle remained the same, the friends remained the same, the environment remained the same so much so that after a while, there came a point where there was nothing new to talk about. Sounds progressive?

No!

Many of you reading this may start to wonder what classes you have taken to this point. I am going to challenge you to write down those classes and ask yourself, how have those classes helped or hindered you to reach where you are today?

Enrolled in Life School

I make the choice about which classes I take, and I made the choice, back then, about which classes I took when I was in traditional high school. Today, I am enrolled in Life School. I have the best teachers in books, audio, training events, and I am just all out following the strategies, mindset, and attitude of successful people. Isn't it interesting and amazing that persons like Sir Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, Robert Kiyosaki, Mark Zuckerberg, Les Brown, and Randy Gage are all overwhelmingly successful people who attended Life School and not traditional school?

I am not saying that traditional schools are not good. Not at all, but you will come to realise that after all those years of traditional school, you really haven't learned anything yet that can help you in the real world that is called life unless you DECIDE to incorporate some life-school skills and thinking at the same time.

The turnaround for me was when I was a teenager and won an award and was given Norman Vincent Peale's book, The Power of Positive Thinking, which literally changed my thinking and purpose in life. I still have a copy of that book today! What will be the turnaround for you? Think about it, but more important, ACT on it.

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Corine La Font is a speaker, author, coach, and self-publishing consultant. She is also an award-winning publishing resource in the 2013 Small Business Book Awards. Get a copy of her book at http://amzn.to/TFHQka, tune in to her radio programme at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/helpdeskja, and check out her website at http://www.helpdeskja.com. She can be reached at corinelaf@gmail.com.