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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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Trying to figure out what to do in life.


I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]

[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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