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Keys to Scholastic Success
June 27, 2015
Keys to Scholastic Success
Hello! Hola! Bonjour! It’s been a while since we’ve been together. I’m super excited to be back in your world! Can we say #LongOverDue! And if this is our first rodeo together – welcome! So glad to have you! Let’s jump right in…

The last few months have been a season of both transition and clarity. There have been many changes in my life since the last time I posted. Lots of self-discovery; which we think is all fun and cool until we have to go through the storms of life. BUT, the good part is, we are built to handle tough times.

What I Know for Sure: It’s not what you go through that matters most, it’s how you handle the process of going through; because in actuality, the process is more important than the destination.

And I’m also crystal clear that what we go through isn’t for us. Sure, it helps to develop character and promote personal and spiritual growth; but in actuality, it’s really for the people who we will impact, empower, and influence. Which is why we are forbidden to allow ourselves, or others, to judge, blame, or make us wrong for our different seasons of life and learning curves.

What I Know For Sure: We are made in the image of our Creator which means that at inception, our DNA had already been carefully crafted and bountifully supplied with courage, fortitude, and sufficiency.

However…all of that is for another post on another day. I know, I know! It was just getting good. 🙂 Moving right along.

Today’s post is a video of an event in which I was the Keynote Speaker. I had the honor of presenting to a group of high school students who were being inducted into the “Scholars Program”, which was founded in Fort Myers, Florida in 1989. The program promotes and rewards academic achievement among minority and at-risk students at the elementary, middle, high school, and university levels.

I am of the strong conviction that what we’ve learned in life should be shared with today’s youth. They are looking for answers, searching for solutions, and experimenting with a world that is full of disappointments and triumphs. So it is our duty to equip them with the proper tools to successfully navigate through life.

In the video I share 5 Keys to Scholastic Success. Of course, these don’t encompass everything needed to maximize one’s educational career; however, they are five simple truths that would have made my formative years smoother.

Here's a brief synopsis:

  1. Embrace Your Uniqueness – There is no one on the entire earth who shares your exact DNA or fingerprints. Embrace who you were created to be. John Mason said it best, “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.”
  2. Get a Mentor – The difference between you accomplishing your goals in 10 years vs. 2 years is a mentor. They are there to help you navigate and avoid the road blocks they encountered. The ideal mentor will understand who you are and be willing to accept (and help you with) your personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses. They will celebrate who you are – not merely tolerate.
  3. Stay Involved in Extracurricular Activities – Studies show that students who take part in extracurricular activities perform better in the classroom than those who don’t.
  4. Choose Your Friends Wisely – Be selective about who you allow in your space. You become like to the top five people you spend the most time with – chose carefully.
  5. Persevere – Keep pushing even in the face of difficulty. It’s not about how you start – it matters most how you finish.

Watch, enjoy, leave comments on what you thought about the session, and share with any young people who you think will benefit from the information.

Until next time, remember to “Dare to be Unusually Remarkable!”


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