Friday, May 10, 2013

Alex's 25 Minute Essay On Failure



Song:  World Of Dreams

Group:  Future World Music



Alex had completed this SAT practice essay a couple of weeks ago.

He had done it in under 25 minutes...
and he had generated some very thoughtful insights
into human nature.

I especially enjoy reading Alex's essays...
as it gives me much insight into his mind...
and how quickly he is maturing into a very fine young man.

Below is the assignment as given by one of Alex's practice SAT books
(the Japanese is my wife's...
she has a blog for Japanese readers.
I copied her pictures of the assignment from her blog).





What was most gratifying about this particular essay is that
all of his thoughts were realizations he has come to understand
from his 12 years of life experience.

Alex doesn't merely spout lines from his mind...
he shows his beliefs in his actions...
he lives his thoughts.

That is why he doesn't suffer from performance anxiety.

He boldly strives to conquer objectives without fear...
and he handles less than perfect performance with
a renewed sense of vigor towards his studies or practice.

He merely works with a deeper sense of passion...
putting in more concentrated effort...
and makes steady gains toward his goals.


Alex knows that while he may be advanced academically...
others who dedicate themselves whole heartedly to excelling...
can surpass him in academics...and in life...
should he not also dedicate himself whole heartedly...
and so, he studies with sincere effort on a daily basis.

Alex also knows that there are plenty of children in the world
who are just as intellectually gifted as he...or even more so...
and so he studies daily.

He knows that if they are better than him at the moment...
so long as he out works them...
and continues to accept challenges in life...
without allowing the fear of failure to stunt his growth...
 he can eventually surpass them.


It is this winning attitude in life
 which continually spurs him forwards, upwards, and onwards.


Simply stated:

The heart sets the drive...
the mind...the path.
So long as they are in synch...
the destination is a foregone conclusion.









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