Some people deny that their problems exist in the first place. And because they deny reality, they must constantly delude or distract themselves from reality. This may make them feel good in the short term, but it leads to a life of insecurity, neuroticism, and emotional repression.

Some choose to believe that there is nothing they can do to solve their problems even when they in fact they could. Victims seek to blame others for their problems or outside circumstances. This may make them feel good in the short term, but it leads them to a life of anger, helplessness and despair.

Mark Manson
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (New York: Harper Audio, 2016)

On Do-overs

Don’t attempt a do-over until you have done a “re-learn.” Along with enhancing learning, the do-over is designed to help boost a previously low grade. When you re-take an exam without studying the stuff you messed up the first time, do you know what happens? Exactly nothing!

The mere act of re-taking an exam does not automatically improve your achievement. Learning what you missed does.

On Wise Use of Study Halls…

Just because you do not have an artifact-producing assignment to submit does not mean that there is nothing to do in Study Hall. Final exams are just around the corner, so start your preparation. Put the pedal to the metal, and finish hard. You’ve worked too hard to phone it in now…

And remember, there is always a next level. If you pursue the next level, you will surely experience success down the road.