The Most Valuable Advice I Gave To My Child: Respect Time, Respect Your Life!

Respect time with all your heart, mind and soul. It’s an unstoppable machine. I would highly recommend writing down all your goals, if you have not yet, and working on them.

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs

When I was a child, I took advanced computer courses. They taught us programming, how to reinstall operation systems, and many other useful things they would not teach in regular computer classes.

Always Pay Attention!

For some reason, I was not paying attention while I was in class, but I was going just to make my parents happy. At the end of the course, we were given a real test and a grade. I did not prepare for the test well. I was too confident and thought I knew everything. Even on the test, I did not try hard (don’t ask me why) to receive the best possible grade. I was making jokes on the test with friends… how silly I was. Somehow, I’ve received a “B” grade. I simply did not care.

Two years later, right before a set of final exams, we were told that you might transfer a grade from any advanced class, “as is,” right into your high school diploma, and in this case, you would have one final exam less to pass. What wonderful news, I thought.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” – Ecclesiastes 3

Time: Preparing For University

At that time, I was working hard on submitting documents to a university, and it was a really stressful time; each grade counted, and I literally had no time or desire to work on any extra tests or preparation. I was not satisfied with the B I’d received two years back…  I had made a huge mistake. What to do?!

I was told to visit the teacher from this class. The teacher who had taught me two years back no longer worked at the school, so I had to talk with a new person and convince him that I needed to pass the test and get an “A.”

When I met with him, I told him that I needed a better grade. He told me few things that literally changed my life: “You had a time, and you had a perfect chance to get a good great. You missed your chance, sorry…” I passed his test a few weeks later and got an “A.” He told me: “I will give you a second chance. I was just like you when I was young, but I’ve learned my lesson – you have to be very careful because life won’t give you a second chance in many cases.
After that, I finished high school with honors. I even finished university with honors, and I did not have a single “B,” only “A’s.”

Try To Do Everything Right

Try to do everything right from the first time, from the first shot. If it’s school, study hard, extra hard. From age 17 till 19, while I was at university, I studied hard 24/7. If it’s marriage, be the best husband or wife ever. Read books, and ask for advice from friends you can trust. If you are raising a child, be the best dad or mom – and role model or example for him/her.

When there is a time to study and get an education, do it. When there is a time to get married, do it. When there is a time to build your career, do it. But, do it super well so you won’t have regrets later.

“Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t.” – Jessica Joelle Alexander

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