Education is an important part of people’s lives; it will either make them or break them in the future depending on the careers they choose, the degrees they earn, the test scores they reach in exams and essays they write.
The problem of having too much education is that it is very difficult to make quality use of that extra education. That is because of the way we learn. We generally learn through textbooks, test prep courses, other people’s essays and textbooks. We don’t learn to think for ourselves, to become confident in what we are saying, to gain insight or gain understanding, to write or speak persuasively and to develop deep relationships with other people. Most of what we learn is through other people’s words.
The only other way to effectively use that extra education is to do it ourselves. To become confident in our ability to write, speak and argue with confidence. To become confident in our ability to think for ourselves. To develop deep friendships with other people. To become able to trust our instincts and personal feelings without too much doubt. To develop trust in others. To have faith in ourselves and become authentic.
To develop the ability to use intuition also. To develop self-love, self-confidence and self faith. To have self-control and self-discipline and become responsible and self-responsible. To develop self-acceptance and self neutrality. To become aware of our past issues and to resolve them. To become aware of our strengths and to use our strengths to develop our strengths. To develop an awareness of the power of our emotional center to control our lives.
All the stuff we learn by reading other people’s writings, listening to test prep courses or reading books, is by definition weak. It is only when we give it a proper go, when we actually put it into action that we grow. That is when we go out and apply what we learn. And all that stuff does is bring us down. What happens when you apply for test prep courses and watch others test? You failed miserably.
Don’t kid yourself. Your test scores are the result of you not being capable of applying what you learn and not giving yourself the ability to grow and develop. It’s the same as going to a test prep course and watching others pass. You did well. Your scores are the result of you doing well and not being capable of learning and applying what you learn.
Now I am not saying that you should never study test prep and do it intelligently. I am only saying that the only outcome is a failure. In life, results must be 100%. If you do not get 100%, you are a failure; period. If you study test prep and study it intelligently and apply what you learn, you will achieve 100%. The problem is that it won’t be sustainable.
There is a sweet spot for test prep and studying that is beneficial to you. It’s when you study intelligently but don’t apply it and change your mindset for real life that you begin to see your scores drop. Achieving 100% should be your aim but for now, test prep will not be sustainable.