I (Andrea) am hitting the road this week!
This Friday, all over the country hundreds of 4th through 8th graders who have fought their way through their school chums and an online test have won the chance to compete in their State Geography Bee.
This is no small feat. This isn’t a “What’s the Capital of California?” type of contest. These questions are HARD. These kids know more than you, me, Congress, and half the country put together.
And, it’s a mom brag moment, my son is competing for the state title and a chance to make it to the National Geo Bee in Washington DC.
It’s all cool, and exciting, and I get to brag about my son. But I really wanted to talk about this because of how hard all of these kids have worked to make it to Friday’s competition. (And those that go on to the National level!) They want to win. And they are willing to work hard at it. They study maps. They take quiz after quiz after quiz. They use flash cards, charts, atlases. They live and breathe geography.
We need to be more like these kids. Don’t we want to “win,” too? Whatever our prize happens to be - being debt free, owning a business, working from home, buying your first home - we have all of these prizes that we want, but are we really doing much to achieve them? Sure, we’re thinking about them, but thinking does nothing. We need to take action. (Or, “Get Action” a la Teddy Roosevelt.)
We need to study, and we need to put in the effort to Bee awesome and win the competitions we’ve set in front of ourselves. We can do it!
So, get out there, get moving, get working every single moment on your prize. That’s the only way you’re going to win. It just won’t happen because you want it to.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.