You Don't Have To Be Perfect

Written by John Colanzi

I don't know about you, but I wasted a lot of time in my quest for freedom. I worried about making mistakes. That was my biggest mistake of all.

You spend your youth being graded by your teachers. You take endless tests rating your performance.

Your peers rate your dress and your actions. You are being conditioned to live in a world of A's, B's and C's. You judge your worth byrepparttar opinions of others.

How do I know?

I've been there.

Every time I wanted to make a change, I would hesitate. What if I made a mistake? What if I looked stupid.

You know what? It doesn't matter.

If you want to accomplish your goals, you must decide that it's ok to make a mistake. You are not being graded anymore.

No matter what you do, some people will not approve.

Once I realized that, I was free to experiment. I could test new ideas. The feeling was liberating.

But I Want it Now!

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Do you haverepparttar desire in your heart to change professions or take a class or start a business? Isrepparttar 102017 point of stopping is thatrepparttar 102018 divide is TOO significant for you, stop for a minute.

My daughter Katherine is in 4th Grade at Mount Vernon Magnet School forrepparttar 102019 Performing Arts. This past semester she maderepparttar 102020 Principal's List: she receivedrepparttar 102021 highest scholastic level possible. One ofrepparttar 102022 remarkable bits of information I picked up this year as I have assisted with her homework is that within her lessons in Math, there are already bits of Algebra sprinkled intorepparttar 102023 lessons.

When I was in school, we were "all of a sudden" introduced to Algebra in 8th or 9th grade.

We went from no algebra to all algebra.

In Katherine's case, she is becoming comfortable with algebra now so when she comes torepparttar 102024 point of taking an algebra class,repparttar 102025 divide will be quite narrow.

She never looks to me and laments, "But Mommy, I do not know calculus yet!!" It never crosses her mind.

If she ever did, I would tell herrepparttar 102026 reason she does not know calculus yet is because she has neitherrepparttar 102027 skill set orrepparttar 102028 abilities TODAY, though in time she most certainly will. I can further encourage her by reporting that even I do not know Calculus, although one of my goals is to take and succeed in this course of study even twenty years post College Graduation.

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