You Are Not Alone

Did you know that there are over 32 million Americans over the age of 18 who have yet to complete a high school education? What sets you apart from the masses, and puts you in a special group, is that word, “yet.” If you are here, following along on this eBoard, you are at minimum exploring the possibility of getting your high school equivalency (HSE) credential. You are hoping to turn that yet into a YES!

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What the Turtle Can Teach

At some point, most of us have heard the old story of the tortoise and the hare. As the story goes, these two very different and uniquely gifted animals set off on a race. The hare, or the rabbit, full of confidence and speed, is the expected winner. But as the story unfolds, we discover the determination of the tortoise, or turtle, results in him becoming the ultimate champion. It’s where we get the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race.” There are several things we can learn from our old friend, the turtle in this classic story of a race well won.

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The Stick and The Carrot

An old research study posed that motivation is a balance between reward and punishment. It was based on the scenario of riding a donkey. If the rider wanted the animal to “go,” they needed to prompt the action by placing a carrot just outside the donkey’s reach. This would hopefully nudge the little guy forward. If the donkey didn’t comply, the stick could then be used to give a stern poke as physical motivation. Ouch!

While the carrot and stick theory is outdated, there are still some truths that remain. Let’s examine what we can learn from this motivational technique when it come to studying for and obtaining your HSE credential.

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Be a Planner

In a previous post, Are You a Crammer? We looked at the way in which packing for a big trip is similar to studying for your HSE exam. Some are “crammers” who for whatever reason (or a number of factors) wait until the last minute to get ready to go. Others are planners… the precious few who map out a solid plan for readiness and success. In other words, they pack their mental bags with the skills and tools needed to succeed.

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