First of all, never challenge a fifth grader, ever; you will lose.
The whole contest is rigged against you because you haven’t seen the fifth grade in forever; and we all know you learned everything you need to know about life in kindergarten; everything else in school was just busy work. Quick, tell me who was the 23rd US President? How many pints in a gallon? Which planet is closest to the sun? Carefully is an example of what type of word?
See, it’s bullspit. I can honestly say in my entire professional life I have never had one business deal that was predicated on me getting any of those answers right; I shaved my legs once, but that is an entirely different matter…And whereas the fifth grader is studying that stuff right now, it is so gone from your memory you will look like a fool being put on the spot. Potato, Dan Quayle…
School is better suited to prepare you for all the bullspit you have to deal with in life as opposed to actually educating you. School is not fair, people will pick on you for no good reason, somebody will always be cooler and more popular, some people are nice, some are not. It’s a melting pot and if you keep the guns and crazies out, it is the best preparation for life you will ever get.
Even if you could care less which planet is closest to the sun.
How many think the traditional way our schools so rigidly stick to will become a thing of the past?
How many can tell by the tone of this post, maybe someone in this room wasn’t the best student?
Let the doctor offer some roadside assistance
- First and foremost, don’t do any Are you smarter than a fifth grader challenges; it’s a sucker bet. There is absolutely no upside so run away as fast as you can; I don’t care how smart you think you are.
If it’s a hardy har har bet among friends and there is some drinking going on, then maybe. But the last thing you want to do is perform in front of a live audience. Just the pressure alone will shut your mind down.
Trust me; no upside whatsoever. Run.
2. Read, and then read some more. It can be blogs, books, the newspaper, online, etc, the options are many, but just read. And don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try things that normally don’t interest you; whether it be self-help, business, fiction or non-fiction, history, etc. Turn that TV off…
A well read person can talk on many topics and appear much smarter than they are.
Being well read is the number one trick in being just smart enough. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, just be smart enough.
3. Write, and then write some more. All those crazy thoughts you have going on in your head? Put them down on paper. It’s amazing how much more creative you can be when you actually take the time to write something on a consistent basis. You get in the bonus round when somebody actually reads what you’ve written and comments on it.
Blogs are certainly one avenue to get this done, right? Although, I’m sure after some have read my masterpieces they question if I even made it to the fifth grade, but I think it was called a social promotion back in the day. Once I started driving in the fifth grade they thought it would probably be a good thing if they promoted me up. The nerve…
Notice I said nothing whatsoever about math. Math was cool until it married the alphabet.
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Yep, as you can see I have finally found my niche as the self-help guru with the likes of The Amazing Revolutionary Diet and Fitness Programand 3 Reasons Insurance is a Brilliant Career Choice, But those were just teasers coupled with this fine piece of work and come next week the articles will be chock full of exceptional advice only I can give.
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How do you like them apples…..teach?