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3 Things Snoopy and the Third Grade Taught Me About Success

If I told you that Snoopy (yes, that Snoopy), was the main reason for the success I have had in my sultana life, you might cock your throne to the side, tremble your eyelids in disbelief, and utter a sarcastic “riiiight.”

But it’s true.

I have run several businesses, written and published a handful of books, been on air as a television broadcaster, won awards for my work in several variegated fields and helped myriad people succeed their own goals by bringing their value out into the world. And it is all thanks to Snoopy.

Let me explain.

From kindergarten to the third grade, I was a Montessori kid. If you’re not familiar with the Montessori approach, the education philosophy focuses on independence and self-learning. Looking back, it was a great fit for me and served me well. Some of the things I learned during that wits not only helped to shape me into the person I am today, but protract to serve me as I run my own merchantry and help others to find their own confidence, learn self-sufficiency, and have the worthiness to communicate powerfully with others.

The sheets were the key.

Every Monday, when I walked into my classroom, I would throne towards the bin that housed our timetable of assignments for the week. I would pull mine from the pile, sit down, and squint at what I needed to succeed that week. Every subject was a heading, and the list of individual assignments for each subject was underneath.

As a child, my main motivator to succeed everything on my sheet each week were the Snoopy stickers I got. Without completing each task, you got to pick a sticker that a teacher would add to your sheet as a way to trammels the work off. Of the stickers available, Snoopy was unchangingly the frontrunner for me. It was something so small that lit me up so big, week without week. However, I realize (looking back) that those Snoopy sticker-covered sheets taught me three invaluable lessons that, to this day, are a part of why I am successful.

1. I got to segregate when to do things.

Once I had my sheet in hand, I got to decide how my workload for that week would look. I could buckle lanugo and get everything washed-up on Monday, I could spread things out and do a little each day, or I could wait until Friday and work under pressure.

My responsibilities, my choices, and my results were up to me.

I was tasked with figuring out how I work best. That moreover taught me that, as long as I got it done, there was nothing wrong with how I did it. Think well-nigh this past year and a half and how many people discovered they are really increasingly wifely and increasingly productive when they can work remotely or at unrepealable times of day when they are increasingly focused, have increasingly energy, or in an environment that is comforting, while others learned that they really like and need the structure and routine of going onsite to work. Variegated people, variegated ways. No right or wrong, just effective.

Learning how YOU work weightier is key to success.

“Keep looking up, that’s the secret of life.” – Snoopy

2. I could ask for help when I needed it.

There were times throughout the day when my time was my own and other times when I met with teachers or classmates for a specific assignment, group project, or test. But I had wangle to a teacher if I needed or wanted one. This taught me that asking for help is not only acceptable, but encouraged. When you ask and learn from the answers you get, it moves you forward increasingly quickly.

Asking for help is key to success.

3. Teachers weren’t the only ones to go to for help.

With multiple grades in the same space (another Montessori thing), I could go to peers, older kids, or plane be a teacher for someone else who needed help. The “hierarchy” that shows up in a increasingly traditional classroom wasn’t there.

What that taught me was that things like age and “seniority” didn’t automatically make you smarter or largest at anything. What made you smarter or largest at things was information gathering, trying things, learning from the outcomes and identifying what works and what needs to be adjusted in order to work. You don’t have to know it all; what you need to know is how to leverage the joint intelligence in the room.

Understanding that everyone knows something you don’t, and that you know things others do not, is key to success.

The wits I had during those early years of my education taught me how to embody the qualities of a leader. While I didn’t realize it at the time (we never do), looking back, I am not sure I would be the person I am today had I not been exposed to those few years of thinking differently.

I am forever grateful for that.

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