Online Learning

There Is No Such Thing as a’Hack’ When It Comes to Education or Success

Recently, I had been enjoying breakfast and glancing through hot posts posted on Flipboard, an aggregator website which collects posts in different subject areas. I discovered an extraordinary number of posts with”hack” as part of the headline and took time to read a couple.

Later that exact same day, once I visited my neighborhood bookstore, I took a look at the magazines and was surprised. The term”hack” was.

The books I watched offered”hacks” on starting a company, life, raising children, schooling…. Whatever one would want. Because I’m a curious person, I read a number of the”hack” articles and could not feel that there was this many”hacks” I had missed. Knowing those”hacks” would have made my life so much easier and more pleasurable.

What Is a”Hack”?

After reading so much about”hacks,” they proven to be simply a listing of quick fixes for almost any situation that a person or business experience.

For instance: Are your children when you put them up for school? Here’s the”hack”: Attempt an adjustable light that gently brightens each and every morning.

There was also my favourite”hack” for cleaning a computer keyboard: Before pitching a Post-It note into the garbage, run it through the computer keyboard to eliminate food crumbs!

Hacking’ Plays No Part in Educational Success

All jesting aside, many subjects of the”hacks” can not be”hacked.” Education, for example, appeared to be among the major issues of the”hacks.” However, in education, there are no real shortcuts.

I made a Ph.D. from a Tier 1 university, a MBA from a mid-major and dual bachelor degrees. With all honesty, I could say that my classmates and I never discovered some”hacks” to help us along in our pursuit of academic levels.

Our success — our continuing success — came out of hours and hours of reading novels, articles, writing and research. As the 1979 Smith Barney financial services commercial after proclaimed, we obtained our success”the old-fashioned way.” We EARNED it.

What Does It Take to Acquire Success Now?

Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the 10,000 Hour Rule. His assumption was that it takes 10,000 hours (roughly five years) of deliberate practice to develop into world-class in any area.

On the other hand, the meaning of”world-class” is always shifting. “Proficient” might be a better word to describe the outcome of our efforts. It requires practice, repeat and effort to master anything; there are no shortcuts to becoming proficient.

Whether 10,000 hours is a true or realistic step is open for discussion. However, my point is that success takes time, effort and persistence to achieve an advanced condition.

Your Instruction is Equal to the Time and Effort You Give

Instruction is intriguing because different people find different subjects difficult. Based on our environment, background and interests, learning some subjects is easy and interesting.

Other topics require more effort. We may need to put in those 10,000 hours. We need to dedicate and focus on our time, resources and effort to understand and then to learn the topic.

Ultimately, there is not any shortcut or”hack” in education, just persistence, practice and energy. The sooner we understand that shortcuts and”hacks” do not really exist in education, the quicker we all make our education meaningful and pleasurable.

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