The number one complain in school that I heard from my pears was the following : what use has “x” subject in real life? Why do we have to study all these theoretical notions?”
For some time I was in the same puddle, complaining about the same things, and finding it very very hard to study for certain subjects, especially in collage.
But as I grew older, I learned that studying in school is in fact very important, and not because you learn new things, but because you learn new habits.
I personally don’t remember too many facts from history or geography, I don’t think I am able to apply a simple math formula any more and I may forgot how to use proper grammar. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one, watching now adults over 30, being stuck at some 3rd grade exercises, and not being able to help their children with homework.
But one thing that I’m certain I got from school is that I learned how to study hard (in high school) and how to study smart (in collage).
I learned to be responsible.
I learned how to complete things even if I don’t enjoy them very much.
I learned how to not beat myself up, even when I’m not in the top 10 of a list.
So basically I developed a habit of doing things, that helped along the way. especially after I got a job.
This doesn’t apply only in school. it applies in everything you do.
The way you do something, is the way you do everything.
For a long time I used to think that it’s ok to be a bit lazy when it comes to house chores, as long as I study a lot and get good grades.
I used to think that physical chores are less important that intellectual chores.
Oh…how wrong I was.
I remember the first time I read a book on Buddhist teachings. I felt like screaming : “where was this information all my life? why no one told me about it?” But the one idea that stroke me the most was this:
“A true Buddhist is never lazy!”
A true Buddhist, meaning for me a being with a beautiful soul and a calm and smart mind, also is a wonderful organizer and house cleaner.
Doing physical chores, when you’re not really feeling like doing it, or you feel lazy, is a wonderful training for the mind, because let’s face it. Doing the work is quite easy. The hard part is thinking about doing the work and actually going through with it.
So if you’re used to give only 60% when you clean your house, chances are you are going to give only 60% when you have to complete an intellectual project.
That doesn’t mean you will fail at it, it just means you don’t make the effort to give more than that.
Giving less effort and energy to complete something, means it may take you more time to get to a point in life, that it takes someone who brings 100% to the table.
I will not label this as being something good or bad, I’m just going to ask you : do you think you have the time to only give 60% and not 100%?