Human nature sucks. There are some things about it that we are so proud of when we are young, but once we grow older (and hopefully wiser) we realize that those attributes were absolutely stupid.
For example: one of those attributes happens to be something that my father has always referred to as the “Sheep Mentality” (which we still display as an adult quite often). Sheep have the nasty habit of following one another–no matter where they may be going. They will follow one another into a creek and drown…they will follow one another over a cliff…and they will follow one another away from safety and into an unfamiliar area with predators. They are not very bright creatures–soft and cuddly–but not very bright.
That’s why there is a shepherd. The job of the shepherd is to provide guidance to the sheep so that the sheep can be led to the best feeding spots, the best resting places, and protection from danger. A good teacher should be a good shepherd, but a good student is a good sheep. So how do I find a good shepherd and how do I become a good sheep? Stay tuned…
One day I purchased a first person shooting game based off of a suggestion from a friend. I popped the game in and, after a bit of a learning curve, was well on my way to unloading countless rounds of pain into aliens and mind controlled secret agents.
*Sigh* It was great–but then the unthinkable happened: I reached a level in the game where it seemed as though every enemy that they could call for showed up at once and put an end to my one man mission of delivering digital pain. So, what did I do? What do you think?!? I proceeded to unload massive rounds of ammo with extreme prejudice–only to be put down like a rabid dog even faster than before. I played that level over and over a total of 16 times, each time getting closer and closer than before but never beating it.
As a matter of fact, I started playing the level over and over again, not even paying attention to much of what was happening, just hoping to wade through the oncoming carnage to get to the last scene in which I had previously met my demise. But I never made it past that point–I kept dying and losing that level. Then, like a suudden strike of genius, I played the level back through ONE MORE TIME–SLOWLY–to WTACH and LEARN. I wanted to watch the movement of the enemy and learn about the mistakes that I was apparently making. After two more times, I went from getting waxed to practically owning the game itself.
None of those 16 times mattered–only the last two. Why? Because those were the last two that I stopped playing the game and looked for my weakness and the games strategy. Never take classes like I played that game. Some people take the same class over and over, never slowing down to WATCH and LEARN. They don’t slow down to WATCH the strategy of the class material and LEARN where it was that they made the mistake which led them to dropping the class or failing the class the last time. If you almost passed last time, it wasn’t the last test that you failed that got you–it was something which happened on a test BEFORE that one. A study habit that was flawed…concepts that were not explained well…complacency that crept in…a busy schedule that ALWAYS occurs during this part of your semester. Something got to you before the actual moment of failure, and if you are patient and wise, you might just figure out what it really was.