I was born in the year 1991, and I have one older brother. My parents raised us both two different ways. By the time he was three, he had learned how to read “Christopher Church Mouse” – By Barbara Davoll, and by the time he was five years old, he memorized chapters. While he was studious, you could find me somewhere in the backyard digging up worms or possibly sitting on one of the four trees we had at the time. When my brother and I got in trouble, I would need to write 200-word essays on something I have read in the Bible, and my brother would need to write 1000-word essays.
When school started, my brother would come home and tell our Mom and Dad about his day in school and how much he loved it. We visited his teacher in elementary school one day Mrs. Harington, and she was so thrilled to see him. I vividly remember Mrs. Harington talking to my Mom and saying how impressed she is by my big brother. My number one memory throughout my elementary school was always in trouble for something; I made friends with the principal because I got to see her every day.
By the time I made it to high school I was pretty average. Literally was a “D” and “C” student. My brother always had straight “A’s” and maybe a “B” here and there. He was in “IB” classes and then we transferred to a new high school and was taking “AP” classes. I was taking your normal general classes still getting “F’s, D’s, and C’s.” In my freshman and sophomore year, I had to make up 3 classes each year to get the credit for the classes. I was in summer school for 12 hours a day for three weeks straight.
How did twelve hours of summer school make you feel?Random made up commentator
Summer school was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get to hang out with my friends who also failed during the school year, I learned Math, English, and History! The fact that I started to become educated shocked me. At that very moment in school, I knew that I was smarter than I always lead myself to believe.
What did they do differently in summer school that made you like it more than a normal school?Random made up commentator
Do you think other people like you should be taught this way all year round?Random made up commentator
When I went to Summer School, all of the students were assigned a computer. After each student was assigned a computer, they had each student login into educational software. The software had several different subjects depending on what each student failed, addition, science, history, biology, geometry, etc. You would then be required to read tutorials page by page and complete several quizzes at the end of each tutorial; if you failed the examinations, you would need to go back and retake the tutorial and the quizzes until you got over 80% right. The tutorial also had several interactive lessons like homework. Still, it was repetitive, so you did the same equation over and over and over again until the formula was implanted in your brain.
I truly believe after experiencing summer school, many kids that had issues keeping up with class should be given the opportunity to the software I was. I can’t explain how beneficial it was and how much it helped me succeed later in life. For the remainder of my years in Highschool, I got mostly “B’s,” which was good enough for me. Then I graduated, went to college, and dropped out because it felt like “Normal Highschool” all over again. I can’t imagine what it is like not having a “G.E.D.” because not having an Associates Degree sucks! Trying to find a job and not having to live paycheck to paycheck almost feels impossible.
This is where I get to the point of the title of this entire blog. Being someone who barely made it out of Highschool, and then not continuing college and trying to find my way from Job to Job, I decided enough is enough; my brain is meant for something. In my early twenties, hanging out with the “cool crowd,” I heard one of my friends talk about his friend in “Marketing.” I would listen to this vocabulary of “SEO, Websites, Optimization, Conversion Rates, eCommerce, Hosting, WordPress, etc.” soon after, I met the guy that was all about marketing Websites, and he mentioned one thing to me. It is still my secret, but what I discovered from that secret was Youtube! After he told me one hint of how marketing works, I turned to Youtube. After that, I spent three years on youtube, started a business of my own doing marketing and websites. After I started my business, I got married and remodeled my house. What did I use to remodel my home since I have never done it before? YOUTUBE!
Your most excellent resource to achieve any of your goals is literally in the palm of your hand. Use all the tools available to you and take hold of your dreams. Ask the right questions and network with the right people, and if you have access to the internet, you have every excuse to become smart.
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