PASSING ALGEBRA AND LIFE

 

June 22, 2015

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My computer is confused. It says I never sent this blog out, but I thought I did. If it’s a duplicate, my computer apologizes.

This blog was inspired by your comments and questions. I hope I got it right!

High school was hard for me. I flunked Algebra twice . They would give me a final grade of D if I wrote a paper on an approved topic over the summer. So, I did. I got the D and moved on.

In order to stay in college, during my freshman year, I had to take Algebra again because I could not “test-out” of it. Meaning, I had to show enough proficiency in it via a test, but I bombed out. I was furious. It was high school all over again.

But, I got lucky. I liked the teacher a lot. She knew we didn’t want to be there. But, her genius was that she didn’t fight us.

She used baby steps all the way through the course. She would present a very small (easy) problem on the board and showed us how to solve it. She presented the same problem over and over until we got it.

But, this is what really saved me. All teachers in college have two days a week with office hours. Students go there during those hours to get some one-on-one help.

I forced myself to go almost every office hour she had. I presented her with homework problems that I could not solve and then burst out crying from frustration and panic that I would never understand any of this.

I was stunned when I saw my final grade was an A.

What is the point of all of this? GET HELP in order to attain your goals in life.

In a previous blog, I mentioned that while in college, I went over to the table in the cafeteria where all “the nerds” sat. That was out of my comfort zone, but I made it happen. It was up to me to MAKE it happen. It was one of the best risks I could have taken. Now, I had a whole group of geniuses to run to when I needed the help with anything to do with math.

Did you find starting a blog easy? I didn’t. It was worse than Algebra. Confusion reigned – so I sent a letter to the local college to hire a student with the program understanding of computers to help me get moving on using WordPress. If I had not made the effort to FIND SOMEONE to help me, I would not be writing this blog.

To pass anything in life, get the help you need in any way you can in order to reach your goal. It really is out there and easy to find.

Did you know you can get “Interviews for Information”? That is exactly what they are called and they are usually easy to get if the secretary understands what you want. Some don’t so you will have to explain it. An “after hours” Interview for Information may help things along.

This is how it works. Let’s say you think you want to be a car mechanic, but want a reality check to be sure? Call and make an “after hours” appointment with a licensed mechanic. Not just someone who fools around with cars in their yard. If you make an official appointment, bring your questions and dress appropriately. A suit at a garage will look ridiculous. A clean shirt and slacks is good enough. For a business office, add a jacket, tie and normal shoes, not Nikes. Borrow the jacket or blazer from your friends and whatever you need in order to look the part.

People LOVE giving advice to someone interested in the same field.

You can do the same thing with anyone in any field. Tell the secretary that you were thinking of going into this field, and you need an “after hours” Interview for Information with whomever: your doctor, dentist, a librarian, an animal vet, someone in the Armed Forces.

The info you get in that interview will help you know where to go to college, or where to take some classes to accomplish your goal and a lot of things you never thought you needed to know.

It also helps you get important contacts. That person you are speaking to knows others in the same field. Ask if there is someone else you could talk to at another business. It’s fun for them to see someone interested in what they like too, so they will go out of their way to give you the names of others to call.

Always, always, always write and mail a thank you note the same day you see them. This may feel old fashioned, but it makes a very powerful impression on the person you spoke with. No one writes thank you notes, so by doing so they will remember you. This is exactly what you want. You may need them later. Show your respect by sending the note. Here is an example:

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you for meeting with me  and taking the time to answer my questions about owning a car garage. You told me a lot of things I didn’t know which were very important and helpful. I have typed up my notes and will contact the names of the other people you were so nice to give to me. Respectfully, Joe Smith

Doing these things is how you pass life and get what you want from it. Not always, but you will get closer than if you had not done nothing.

Start thinking bigger than you normally do. Do you want to be a licensed mechanic or do you also want to be the owner of your own garage?

There is a whole world out there with endless possibilities.

Go on Google and ask for a list of all professions. It is amazing the choices you will have, plus learn about professions you didn’t even know existed.

Remember, in the big picture, you want a career not just a job. But you do have to have many jobs to pay for classes to get your career. The money you invest in yourself will help make that career happen.

The most fun way to figure out a career is to think about things you like to do on your own. Planting flowers or veggies? Drawing things on your computer? Organizing a group of friends to create a team? Cooking? The list is endless. Just because it is a hobby does not mean you can’t make serious money making it a career.

I hope this is what you wanted.

Best wishes,

Ann

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