I was listening to a programme this morning discussing the issue of studying and revising for exams.
Apparently it isn't 'cool' to be seen to work hard, however, it is also not that 'cool' to fail your exams. So that leaves the students with a dilemma.
Do they break from convention and get on with their work, become secret studiers, or risk failing exams and jeopardising their future.
The fact is that to obtain success in any walk of life requires commitment.
This is a passage from Robin's book, 'The Guitar Gymnasium'
"I also feel that outstanding performance on any musical instrument can only be achieved through hard and painstaking work. The musician who excels above his colleagues is, generally, the one who has taken more pains. This is also sometimes a surprise to, not only the general public, but also, other musicians, who, also being part of the general public, half-believe outstanding virtuosity and musicality to be innate. This misconception is often fuelled by well-known musicians claiming their practice is minimal, and, indeed, by them trying to make meagre effort a virtue! We all met at school the pupils who claimed they hadn't revised and then came top of the class, believing that a)their peers would think them 'swots' if they admitted they had been up all night revising b) adopting this attitude gave them a 'safety net' if they didn't get good marks c) how much more impressive to appear as a natural genius d) this attitude would also deter would-be competitors who believed themselves inferior."
Robin Hill 1999
So there it is. Whether you decide to do it covertly or overtly, hard work is the only thing that will get the results you want and need.
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