The only place that achievement
comes before effort is in the dictionary.
When it comes to success in any endeavor, it has always been my contention
that hard work pays off more than anything. This idea has come to
be my belief through personal experience and from being a teacher for many
years. I recently read an insightful book that validates my theory:
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
Quoting from the back cover of the book provides the best insight as to
the content within: “Malcolm Gladwell examines everyone from business giants
to scientific geniuses, sports stars to musicians, and reveals what they
have in common. He looks behind the spectacular results, the myths
and the legends to show what really explains exceptionally successful people.”
Most of what follows has been paraphrased from sections of the book.
Innate talent does exist, but it is not the most important attribute of
the most successful people. As a matter of fact the closer successful
people are investigated the smaller the part talent seems to play.
Multiple studies keep coming to the same conclusion: “Excellence at performing
a complex task requires a critical minimal level of practice.” None
of the studies found “naturals,” or people who floated to the top of their
chosen fields while giving less effort than their peers. They also
found no “grinds,” or people who outworked their peers and failed to break
into the top ranks. And the people at the very top don’t just work
harder, or much harder than others; they work much, much harder.
Please don’t think that I am advancing the notion that your son needs to
spend every waking moment studying/practicing math skills. What I
am saying is that all students who meet the requirements for placement
in Algebra I Pre-AP can be successful if they work hard in class, and if
they do their best on math practice (homework). And that achievement
will be elusive for those who are not serious students.
I promise that I will do everything that I can to help your son master
the skills in Pre-AP Algebra, but his level of success is more dependant
on what he does toward that end than what I do. Algebra I Pre-AP
is designed to challenge every student in the class. That is the
reason that this class is leveled by ability; however, ability is not enough
to ensure success. What is required for success is what I call being
P.A.C.E.D. Participation, Attendance, Completion (of homework), Effort,
and Decorum (that is conducive to learning). In my experience, no
one succeeds at the top level of anything, including Pre-AP Algebra, by
Commitment to excellence =
Success is not a gift, it's
Ask any failure and he will
tell you that the key to success is luck.
Your best plan or philosophy
won't work if you don't.
The greater the challenge
the greater the triumph.
Success has less to do with
what you have than what you are.
Everyone will get opportunities
in his life but they won't be delivered.
Success will not pursue you,
you must pursue it.
Success is more likely the
result of conscientious effort than brilliance.
Doing what you need to do
earns you opportunities to do what you want to do.
Motivation starts you towards
success, but it's perseverance that gets you there.
Your biggest responsibility
is to use your abilities - you're the only on who can.
You are defeated only when
you admit it.
No one can give you success
you have to go out and get it.
Having the best information
is always better than having the most information.
Success is getting up one
time more than you fall.
Successful people have the
habit of doing what failures hate to do.