Take Class Notes

For An Em­pow­ered Year

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Be Inspired -

Many of you will be lis­ten­ing in­tently to your teach­ers and tak­ing class notes as an­other school year be­gins, to stay on your aca­demic “A” game. But have you thought about tak­ing class notes from the mul­ti­tude of other teach­ers in your life; your par­ents, grand­par­ents, el­ders, friends, or notable per­son­al­i­ties?

Many life lessons that can give you prac­ti­cal, in­spir­ing and em­pow­er­ing ad­vice are right within reach of you; out­side of the class­room. As you strive to re­al­ize your dreams, there is a cir­cle of peo­ple who have al­ways ex­tended faith in you and of­fered you wis­dom and truth and com­pas­sion, as you climb each rung on the lad­der of suc­cess. They are the ones who sit at the din­ner ta­ble and make you smile over a de­li­cious meal af­ter you have had a chal­leng­ing day. They are the ones that get up in the dark­ness to drive to the track so that you can prac­tice. They are the ones that are cheer­ing for you even when you don’t hear their voices be­cause they know what mag­nif­i­cent cloth you are cut from. They are also the peo­ple who are worth study­ing be­cause their lessons and their re­solve can pro­pel you even fur­ther.

So take a few mo­ments at the end of your day to take class notes from the other ed­u­ca­tors in your life.

Take class notes about the storms your par­ents or grand­par­ents have weath­ered. Ask them to tell you about the strug­gles they went through grow­ing up and what gave them the will and the spirit to press on. Whether it was poverty or racism or other per­sonal tri­als, take class notes on how they coped with ad­ver­sity and held on to their own dreams. Let those class notes lift you up when you are feel­ing fear­ful or need a con­fi­dence boost.

Take class notes about the achieve­ments of your par­ents or grand­par­ents or other fam­ily mem­bers. What were their short-term and long-term goals to be­come suc­cess­ful in their ca­reer? What risks did they take to start their own busi­ness or com­pany or to fol­low their artis­tic muse or to have a ca­reer they were pas­sion­ate about? What mis­takes did they make that re­sulted in valu­able lessons learned? What trade-offs did they make in or­der to at­tain suc­cess? Their pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ments can en­cour­age you as you build your own pro­fes­sional iden­tity.

Take class notes about the op­ti­mistic at­ti­tude of your par­ents, grand­par­ents or el­ders. Your par­ents, grand­par­ents and el­ders may have over­come a lot, but their expectant at­ti­tude is of­ten what has helped spur them on to get through tough times. How you feel and re­act can di­rectly im­pact your steps. Ask your loved ones how they rose above those dark mo­ments and see the glass full in­stead of half empty no mat­ter what curve ball life throws them?

Takes class notes on be­ing grate­ful from loved ones. Grate­ful­ness will de­liver you from a “woe is me” at­ti­tude when your day isn’t go­ing quite as you would like it to be. Ask your par­ents or grand­par­ents what they are grate­ful for. You will find it isn’t ma­te­rial things, but in­stead in­trin­sic things, like the love of fam­ily and friends, the bless­ings of each new day, good health, etc. Learn­ing through their ex­am­ple to be grate­ful will help you re­al­ize what is truly sig­nif­i­cant and mean­ing­ful in your life. Your unique tal­ents and skills will get no­ticed even more with a grate­ful heart.

Take class notes from notable per­son­al­i­ties like Olympian Gabby Dou­glas and First Lady Michelle Obama. Gabby Dou­glas re­fuses to let cri­tiques about her stop her from shin­ing. She re­mains fo­cused on what is truly im­por­tant and in spite of her val­leys and plateaus, has a win­ning at­ti­tude and spirit worth its weight in gold. Class note: “I will not let any­one steal my joy or my thun­der.” And when it comes to First Lady Michelle Obama, her speech at The Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion of­fered us the ul­ti­mate quote worth tak­ing note of. Her words so po­tent, “Our motto is when they go low, we go high,” was not only in­tended for her daugh­ters to reach greater heights… but for you! DT

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