Success Is Having A 'Do' Mentality, Not A 'Think' Mentality

Success Is Having A 'Do' Mentality, Not A 'Think' Mentality

Contrary to popular belief, having a "think things through" mentality isn't going to make you successful.


We college students like to be thinkers. We come to college with our master plans (or we make them in college). We think that every single thing must go according to our plan and what we have thought out. All of this thinking has its place in the world, but contrary to popular belief, having a "think things through" mentality isn't going to make you successful.

Appearing to be a "thinker" gives people the perception that we are intelligent. Thinking things out, and talking about how you've thought things out, creates this illusion that we all know what we're doing. In reality, all of this thinking is a façade for the fact that the majority of us don't know what the hell we are doing, and the fact that we aren't actually DOing anything.

This "think" mentality college students put on stems from the fear of failure; surely, if we plan everything to the tee that it will go according to plan regardless of execution. If you can detect sarcasm, you know that things almost never go according to plan. However, people will still spend every second talking about what they THINK they are going to do, then at the last minute throw together a half-assed execution. This wastes an incredible amount of time and effort.

The majority of our decisions don't have to have some incredibly intricate plan with 57 backup plans. College students think that one choice is going to make or break their lives, which is flawed in two ways. One, it's never one decision that changes someone's life, but a series of decisions that lead people to an unfavorable ultimatum because they have lived by a think mentality. Two, many of our different possible choices can all result in a positive outcome if they are executed the correct way.

What makes a "do" mentality?

First of all, having a do mentality doesn't mean you say "fuck it" to rationality. People get under the impression that "just doing it" means going in with reckless abandon, not giving thought to good decision making. This could not be further from the truth. Having a "do" mentality means you don't sit around all day worrying and talking about what you're going to do. Because in the time that you wasted talking about what you're going to do and wasting effort on making a plan, you could have already done it.

Think about working out for example. If you're sitting on your ass at 3 p.m. saying "Oh, I think I'll work out in a few hours, but oh, wait, I have to do X, Y, and Z eventually, so is it better if I do X, Y, or Z first," you're much less likely to work out than if you say, "I'm going to work out now because I am not doing anything right now."

As a senior in college, if I could give one piece of advice to college students it would be this: don't talk so much about what you "think" you should do, because by the time you finish talking everything out to yourself, you could have completed the task three times over. Productivity is simply about doing, and having an attack-first mentality, instead of intricately planning things out.

The best things in life come to you unplanned, so don't stress thinking about something unless it's absolutely worth your time. Putting your nose to the grindstone for the less-thought-out decision and saving energy and time in the process always beats talking out all of your options and completing nothing on time.

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5 Crucial Things That Are Wrong With The School System

We all know the school systems are flawed...but since when did it become something that is discussed on a weekly basis?


It could have been any time. When you first got into middle school, high school or even just some random day in the middle of the year. But, most of us have that realization during some point of our school life, that the school system just doesn't seem to work the way it should. You may know ten different ways something can be done better, but you have to sit there and endure the policies that were put into effect ever since the concept of school began. These are some of the biggest mistakes that schools make every single day.

1. Schools teach us the "what", not the "why".

Anyone in school can testify to learning hundreds of random facts, but never understanding why this fact came to be, or why we are learning it in school. We are given boundaries that we can simply not cross according to the school curriculum. And so goes another day filling our brains with random information that has no connection to us.

2. In school, being generally smart and being good at taking tests are two different things.

Unfortunately, I've seen this phenomenon way too many times. I know several people who are smart and intuitive, but their grades aren't as high as they can be just because they aren't good at taking tests and learning random information. Schools reward being able to make good grades on a test, not on how smart or accomplished an individual actually is. Pretty much all grades are based on assessments, right?

3. School doesn't let students promote their individuality.


The goal of school from the beginning has been to keep everyone in line. The second you're different from the crowd, you're neglected. Seriously, why do schools always say that they treat everyone equally when the dropout and drug rates are so high? "You better be good at academics or you don't have a chance." Not true in today's world.

4. Technology in the classroom is hurting everyone.

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the fact that we're allowed to bring our phones to school and I'm pretty sure that in this century, most people can't spend an hour or two without having the world at their fingertips. But frankly, it's getting to the point where people will be playing Fortnite under their desk in class or snap chatting someone during a lesson. And no offense, but you guys wonder why you're failing the class. It's not helping your teacher's frustration at their students either.

5. Students forget everything within weeks.

Well, that's a lot of students you're talking about that completely forget all the curriculum in a few weeks. But why is everyone forgetting their curriculum? Because of the bland way that we are taught the material. I'm not talking about learning the material with more technology or make it more suitable from a tactile perspective. I'm saying that there aren't enough connections to make from the information we're learning and our lives in the real world.

Everyone, from colleges to parents say that quality goes over quantity in everything. Do things well and thoroughly, even if it's only a few things. Why must we learn so much random information in school and only touch the surface level of what there is? It makes school tedious and things become easier to forget. If school is supposed to prepare you for college, what kind of preparation is doing too many things and forgetting about them a few weeks later? Schools should focus on a few key concepts and extend as much as they can upon those. Everyone gets to slow down and really absorb the concept instead of choking it down in a few minutes.

School can be made into something useful if they change a few major things about them, a place where students can stop wasting time and actually learn in-depth things for their futures in college and careers. You're much less likely to forget something if it's repeatedly explained and extended upon, so you can make the connection that best suits you. You're the individual, so don't let school define you.

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5 Tips For Incoming College Freshman

Remember when everyone told you that high school was going to be the best four years of your life.. and then it wasn't? Well now for some of you, comes the BEST and WORST four years of your life. Here's a little bit you need to know in order to be prepared for the eventful year to come.


Yes, believe it or not your parents, friends, and teachers were right. College is SO much different than high school in so many different ways. Luckily, I just survived my freshman year so I was in your place literally a year ago today. Everyone tells you how different college is from high school but they don't tell you how and that's what I'm here for! Lets just start with the 1st difference....

1. A whole new world

You will feel like your in a new world because in a way you are. You will suddenly be surrounded by so many groups of people, new cultures, different lifestyles, different languages, everything is so NEW. Not only are you not going to class with the same people everyday that you have seen in the hall for years but you are going to classes with complete strangers from all over the states and sometimes even the world. You are suddenly going to have to share a room with a stranger or even a best friend which can also lead to some issues. But what is most important to know is that even though you feel alone the first few weeks or even months... trust me so does everyone else, its okay to feel overwhelmed its normal. We all have absolutely no idea what we are doing we are all just pretending like we have somewhat of a plan. I met most of my friends my freshman year through being completely LOST on campus.

2. Making new friends

One thing that you aren't taught how to do in high school or honestly by anyone is how to make friends. I knew most people in my classes throughout high school so when I started college I hardly knew anyone besides my roommate. It definitely took me a while to branch out and start making friends but I had to remind myself to put myself out there and eventually I met some wonderful humans. Remember to always be yourself and you will attract people that WANT to be your friend. It takes time but once again, you are not alone. It will look like people already have their group and stuff but everyone is struggling just as much as you most likely.

3. Responsibilities 

The new responsibilities you will have... get prepared, they will hit you like a truck or at least they did me. You will suddenly be responsible for cleaning your room, doing your laundry, feeding yourself, doing your homework, remembering specific dates, paying bills, honestly the list becomes never ending because you are slowly becoming an adult :(((( I remember a time when I wanted to be an adult, now all i want to do is be in kindergarten taking a nap LOL, Luckily I already was familiar with most of these things as were others im sure but there are also people that haven't had to do some of the things by them selves before which can be overwhelming at times. You will eventually fall into your own personal routine and get your own system going and things will become second nature. Don't be afraid of this, just be prepared in order to have the most stress free incoming year.

4. Academics...

The real reason we are in college in the first place. Yeah, here is where your parents and teachers were right... high school courses and college courses can be either very similar or very different. It honestly depends on what the course is and who your professor is but, for the most part, college courses and professors are much different. Professors do not like to repeat themselves and expect you to remember any important dates they mention. They expect you to write it down, no excuses. In high school you teachers would give you a break but that's not really how college works. Some professors may cut you some slack but most wont. Do NOT waste a professors time and remember that even though you are paying to go to school there, you can get kicked out in a heart beat so don't risk it. Refrain from talking in class, and show up!!! you can miss one thing and the next thing you know you have a 5 page paper due in a few days. Save yourself the stress and just pay attention for the whole 50 minute or hour and a half class you have.

5. Packing 

PACK LIGHTLY!!! I packed so much unnecessary clothes, decorations, etc, that I ended up not needing or never even using. Safe as much space as you can because your dorm room will definitely get cluttered fast and you will accumulate more things throughout the year. So, pack the clothes and decor you NEED. Try your best to not over pack (as hard as it is (; )

6. Homesickness

No one:

Every college student ever: "Ugh I can't wait to go to college I hate living here!"

You know we've all said it but you will most likely get homesick at some point. My house is not far from the College at all and even I still was homesick sometimes. Its one of those things that everyone goes through so remember you are not alone. Luckily, we live in the 21st century too so you can always video chat your fam and send them some love. Its okay to be homesick just try to get more involved and do things you would do if you were at your own house. I always try to bring a few things from home too just to look at and remind myself that I will see my family soon.

Freshman year was difficult for me to adjust to as im sure it was to others, so hopefully you keep these tips in mind this summer as you prepare for your first year of college! I am excited for you all to start this next chapter, welcome to the beginning of adulthood class of 2023!


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