Summer School Is Cool!
Yeah, that’s a strange statement. I mean…who wants to be in school during summer vacation?
Stay with me…
I was doing a call with Diane about the home business summer school she and I are running. I love calls like these because I usually have no idea what I’m going to say until right before I say it.
She was going and blowing the way she does when she’s passionate about the thing she talks about.
About one minute before I got on the line I knew what I was going to say.
And even though summer school for home business builders has already started, I still want to share this with you…
Back in another lifetime (actually about 15 years ago) I was the principal of a high school summer school. About 300 kids who failed a course during the regular school year, plus another 15 or so taking Driver’s Ed.
You’d think they’d be bummed. Like they’d rather be anywhere else in the world. But they weren’t!
For one thing, most of them had their friends there with them. Most of the kids who don’t like school and fail their classes tend to move in packs. So if someone failed Algebra or English 1, it’s a good bet he or she has at least one good buddy taking the class right along with them.
For another thing, as much as kids say they hate school, most of them have a sense of security going to it. People may say they don’t want to be told what to do. Our education system (and its lack of runaways) and the economic system say otherwise. All these folks who hate their jobs keep going back.
But here’s the big thing: When I ran summer school the passing rate for the students was over 90 percent. And it’s not as if I was doing anything remarkable to make it happen. It’s simply that the students felt more competent. The same material was covered as in the regular school year. But it was boiled down to the important stuff. There was no way we were going to cover 180 days worth of material in five weeks. So we threw out what was nice to know and kept what they needed to know. It made it a lot easier for them to focus on the important stuff.
And for some of the students, it was a do over. A chance to reinvent themselves. Almost none of them had the same teacher. In fact, many of the teachers worked for a different school district during the regular school year.
Yeah…no history. No reputation. A total do over.
And that’s what I talked about as far as the benefit of the summer school we just started.
The benefit of putting yourself in a different environment. You get a do over.
Because most of these people – actually all of them – have tried a home business, and aren’t getting the results they wanted. Some didn’t make enough money. Some didn’t make any. A bunch of them were losing money every month.
And they understand…there’s nothing wrong with them.
It’s just time to step back and learn a different way. New environment. Getting rid of the bells and whistles…putting the important stuff in instead.
Getting rid of the fear and anxiety that holds people back from learning (that’s my part).
You can decide to do that any time. And when you do, a set of circumstances show up that let you actually have that new environment.
Then it’s your responsibility to do the deal. Otherwise, the environment disappears.
But when you get that do over, and you run with it…your world morphs into something new and beautiful.
Whatever you’re doing this summer…make something good happen.
Has there been a time you tried doing something, but weren’t ready?
Did a new environment help you?
Comment below and share your experiences!