No one born with knowledge; therefore, if you want to be good at something you need to practice. Practice make perfect. The more you practice, the better you get. When learning something new for the first time it can be a little changing and intimating. Therefore, it is important to build up on things you already know. Focus on what you know is a great motivator to learn something new.
A young lady once told me knowledge is power. That stays with me ever sense. It is a great idea to make an effort to learn something new everyday and learn as much as you can. My down fall is that I love smart people, and I love to be challenge. Talking to someone smart, knowledgeable is very encouraging, it helps to stay focus, but talking to someone who are not knowledgeable causes impatient and boredom.
Generally everyone is capable of being smart, but it is a matter of wanting to be knowledgeable because it requires devotion and it can be time consuming. Personally, I don’t believe in stupidity because when you think about it, stupid is the absence of knowing, and lacking knowledge. What I think is stupid is the act of pretending to know when you actually don’t know. Call me stupid if you want to, but if I don’t know something I will ask questions, I will ask to explain it, I will ask you how it works, I will straightly say I don’t know to do it. Please show me how it is done because this is the only way to learn apart from doing research. Pretending to know when you don’t know will not help you to learn.
Just because you ask questions that doesn’t make you less smart. I believe someone would have to be quite smart to ask some great questions, and get involve. Another important point, don’t assume someone is smarter than you just because she seems smart.
Perfect example, I was taking a summer math class which was held three to four times a week. I always tried to get to class on time because I use to be afraid of missing some important key points to solve the problems. I spent a lot of times studying and practicing. I have to admit, summer classes are not easy because you have to be devoted and focus. One of my classmates uses to miss many days of class, coming to class very late, leaving early, and during test she was the first one to finish. Honestly, I felt a little intimated. I was thinking that girl is super smart. The summer session ended, and we all went our separate way. The Semester to follow she saw me at the lady’s room, she remembered me from that summer class. She started talking to me. I had a chance to ask her about her grade for the math class because curiosity got the best of me. I was surprised to found out she didn’t pass the class. I thought she was smart to the point where she didn’t need to be in class or study. Ever sense then I learned not to compare myself with others.
Some people sometimes see me from a distance they automatically think I am smart. They said you are so smart. I laughed. I have no idea where they got that idea from because I never told anyone I was smart. I tried to tell them I just work hard, and I tried to apply myself. The truth is no one born knowing. Believe it or not we all had to learn somewhere along the way; in school, at work, by doing research or just by exposing to different things or people. Learning is an endless process, and no one stop learning until death. The more you push yourself to learn new things, the more you practice, the more you know. This is not magic or rocket science. This is real life.
Marie L. Marcellus