Thursday, April 24, 2008

Secret to Success

Success is not brain surgery. The obvious thing to do is usually the right thing to do. And the right thing to do generally isn’t all that hard. I’m not saying you should do anything to be successful. I’m just saying that you have to get your priorities straight. Be clear about what you want to do. Then have the courage to roll up your sleeves and do it.

Dean Rieck, wrote this in his blog, Copyblogger, discussing the secret to success in his post The "Chicken Plucking" Secret of Success.

So the questions are, do you have it in you to be successful on the test? And, what do you have to do personally to perform at your best? What is your plan for success on Monday?

41 comments:

Kari w said...

You're right. Success isn't brain surgery! It is actually quite easy if you get you work done. Success is only hard because you make it harder than it really is! If you stress about having to do work you're just making it harder on yourself. Have you ever thought about that all you slackers out there!

katie w said...

I agree with Kari ( for once ) success is NOT brain surgery! Success is easy if you make it easy. And stressing over doing a lot of work does not help it just makes it that much harder.Hear that slackers your just making it hard on yourselves.

Dimitri H. said...

Do you have it in you to be successful on the test? Sometimes I do sometimes I don't it comes and goes. And, what do you have to do personally to perform at your best? I have to go with what the list says but I will throw in a couple things. What is your plan for success on Monday? My plan is to not get stuck on one question if I do I can just go back and look in the passage for more information.

Emily S (em n em) said...

Well I think I have it in me to be successful. This year I think I will be more successful then I ever have because things make a lot more since to me. My teachers this year are making it to where I can understand it better, not just telling it to me in a hard way but an easy way. This year I think it will be so much easer to past this test. I'm not stressed at all or worried or anything like that I just want it to be over, to pass it and to go to camp. This year to do better I think that I will go to bed a lot early, have my clothes picked out, have my book bag ready and make sure I eat a good breakfast. Monday and Tuesday just come so we can get this over with so we can have FUN and go to CAMP.

Kyle W. said...

1. So the questions are, do you have it in you to be successful on the test? 2. what do you have to do personally to perform at your best? 3.What is your plan for success on Monday?

1. Yes I think I have it in me to be successful on the test.

2. To perform my best on the test is go to bed early and study hard.

3.My plan is to be prepared and do my best.

Laney said...

1 Do you have it in you to be successful on the test?

2 What do you have to do personally to perform at your best?

3 What is your plan for success on Monday?

Number 1!! I would have to say that some people would be ready for the test and they would care if they were successful and I think that some people would not even care what they were doing. I would want to be successful. :)

Number 2!! I would say that you would have courage to do your best and at least try and if you try then you will most likely do your best.

Number 3!! My plan for MONDAY is to do my BEST and try to get the questions right.

EVERYBODY GET READY IT IS ALMOST HERE THE BIG TEST!!!

jennie b said...

I think i have it in me. I just need to find that success before Monday. I need to eat a good breakfast and not be mad. I also need to have confidence in myself. My plan for success on Monday is to be fresh and clean! I'll get up early and take a nice long refreshing bubble bath every testing morning. I am also very nervous about testing because I've worked so hard this year to get good grades and all. I just don't want to fail this big test. Trust me I'm not a person you want to see if i fail because i won't be a happy camper! I'm sure nobody will! But i agree with Kart and Katie its only hard if you make it hard.

Laney said...

Mr.McGuire are you ready for the test on Monday??????

codyc. said...

do you have it in you to be successful on the test? Yes I think I have it in me to be successful on the test because I've been studying really hared to pass it.

what do you have to do personally to perform at your best? I need to study hared, show my work, don't guess and try hard.

What is your plan for success on Monday? My plan for success on Monday is to stay cool and don't freak out.

Connor H. said...

My "Secret to Success" is to take my time and stay on focus the whole time.

Justin H. said...

Yes I think I have what it takes to be successful on the test. The thing I have to do on Monday to do my best is to come to school ready to take the test. Another thing I need to do on the test is read the questions carefully and highlight. My plan for Monday is to not get worried and try my best.

sean cradlebaugh said...

I will be doing my best on the test. I will need it read to me in a small room or space. I will try to get all of them wright . I am glad that I get all the time that I need. That will make me do my best. It will take me all day. I am going to work all day. At 3:05 I will turn in my test.

brianne h said...

Well,I think that I have it in me to perform my best on the test because I have worked hard and tried to put forth my best effort in everything I do. What I think I have to do personally to prepare myself for this test is, study all weekend to memorize everything I've been taught, and follow through on the steps that is on the blog, but add some of my own things in. My plan is that I will try my very best and work hard on everything I do on the test and never give up, even on the toughest questions, I will look back take a deep breath and relax.

kyle f said...

I think that I have it in me to be successful on the test because if it is quiet all around me it makes it a lot easier to concentrate on what i am doing.

Personally I have to be able to concentrate really hard. I also need peppermints because it helps me concentrate more on what I am doing.

My plan for success on Monday is to not get distracted. Another thing on my plan for success on Monday is to not spend too much time on one question. Also another thing on my plan for success is to reread the question over again in case I don't understand the question the first time I read it.

I agree with the Willard's, success is not brain surgery and it's quite easy to do if you don't make it hard.

collin said...

Yes, I will be because I know you will. I need to is restate the question and number and look back in the selection. My plan is try not get stuck on four points or two points questions.

Tommy S said...

I think I have it in me to be successful on the test. personally to do my best I am going to follow our top ten. My plan to be success on Monday is to use every thing that I have learned.

Shelby C said...

Do you have it in you to be successful on the test?

I think I have it in me. I think that I am smart enough to ace this test. I will try my hardest to make you proud Mr.McGuire. this is really making me nerves but I know that you taught me will.

And, what do you have to do personally to perform at your best?

I have to get some sleep and eat a good breakfast. That will get me going. Then I will need to know that people believe in me. I know that is weird but it makes me believe in my self. Then I will need some thing to chew like gum.

What is your plan for success on Monday?

My plan is the same as question #2. I have to get some sleep and eat a good breakfast. That will get me going. Then I will need to know that people believe in me. I know that is weird but it makes me believe in my self. Then I will need some thing to chew like gum.

I am really really worried about Monday.

Chris L. said...

So the questions are, do you have it in you to be successful on the test? And, what do you have to do personally to perform at your best? What is your plan for success on Monday?
1.Do I have it in me to do well on the big test coming up,I sure hope I do and I don't well I'll try my hardest and my best.
2.Personally I have to think about that, but I think I will have to get a good night sleep and a good breakfast and come to the test ready.
3.my plan is to be calm and not think about the test until I have to,and then go over all that my teachers have taught me(Mr. McGuire,Mrs. Bower,Mrs.Ittel and Mrs. Bowlby). that's my plan.

dakota bond said...

I will do my best on the achievement test as soon as I'm ready for it.

chris t said...

1.What I have to do to be successful on the test is to do the top 10.
2.What I have to do personally to perform at my best is to slow down on my test.
3.What I have to do to be successful on Monday is to stay on topic.

caleb f said...

Do i have it in me to be successful on the big test I do not think so to do the best I can is to use the top ten baby list I plan to get the best score I have ever because I learned so much in your class I will do my best.

haley e. said...

I think that I will be successful on the test because i know I have it in me to do a good job on the test.I would probably study hard on the things that I have already learned about and go to bed early the night before so I won't be tired and hurry through the test.My plan for success is to take my time,read the questions over again,go over my test two or more times again,and do my best!

c.j. said...

Yes I have it in me to do good on the test. I'm going to have to study, hard. My plan to success is to think really hard on Monday.

Hannah F. said...

I will try to do my best on the achievement test i think i am ready for it some.

Molly VanCuren said...

Being Successful is not hard at all, if you think of it. Just try your best in school and get good grades, to get to your future. Some people say they don't need school to get them to what they want them to be when they grow up. But my mom said that someday, you'll find out that if you hadn't gone to school you'd be pretty dumb, and you probably couldn't even do your own bills.

Also, what ever it is that you want to be when you grow up, to be successful, isn't hard at all if you really set your mind to it. Sometimes you really have to work hard at what ever it is, just to get to where you want to be. When you get there, you'll be very successful, and you'll look back ad be proud that you worked hard, and you deserved to be successful, and have a great future, just don't give up.

Michael H said...

Yes I do because I've been going over the list we made. And my mom has made some tests of her own. So I'm ready for the test if I can get a perfect score on the test. I am very confidant of my self to pass the OAT test. I hope I do really good on the OAT test.

caleb f said...

Do I have it in me to be successful on the big test I do not think so to do the best I can is to use the top ten baby list I plan to get the best score I have ever because I learned so much in your class I will do my best.

Bree G. said...

1) I think I'm going to do pretty good on the test because iv been working on the a test with mis. Bowers.

2) I think all I have to do is maybe have some music or CANDY I do love candy! But other then that I think all I need is so time to do my test.

3)Well on not really going to be taking the test on this Monday.I believe that I'm going to be taking the test on next week or on Thursday.But whatever day I'm taking the test I'm going to really try to do good!

But really I'm just read to do the test and get it over with!
P.S. I will try to do my best :D

Kari w said...

1. It is in my blood to do my best! Of course I'll do my best! DUH!

2.I am personally going to do 300%!100% on the multiple choice(unless it's too easy), 125% on extended response and 75% on going over the test! Why only 75% you might ask? Well because I don't like to go over things. If I do something I don't want to it'll stress me out and if I get stressed out...well that's for you to imagine like one of them cliff hanger books!

3.Well I pretty much covered my plan for success under question two but I'm also going to correctly number and restate extended response! And go back in the passage.



Ooohh! Ding ding ding I have an idea!!! Over the weekend put a passage and extended response question on the blog for bonus points! See my idea is brilliant!

micah said...

I see what you're saying but you've got to look at the pros and cons. We don't always do what we should. I'm always trying to successful but don't always do the right things to do it. Don't it make since?

Dillon y said...

1) Crazy of you to even ask, yes i know for sure I can be successful(pass) on the test. You have taught me well fellow one and now the task has rose in front of me. The only way to conquer task as such is to be OVER CONFIDENT, not just confident but OVER CONFIDENT!!!!!!!

2) For me to successful I need a very good rest. I can't stress that enough so I won't. Second I need a breakfast of champions, eggs, sausage, bacon, home-fries and pancakes. That is like gasoline on fire it jump starts me to the extreme, (don't be doing that, naughty naughty). Third I need a good breakfast, (you can't stress it enough although I'm trying to). Okay third for real is take my time and check over my work+if we take our time like we are supposed to we get extra credit.

3) My plan is, like I said be over confident, take your time and everything else. Although the BIGGIE is to not stress and just chillax that will make you soooooooo much better.


That my friends is the key to the task at hand.

Dustin C said...

Yes, I think I have it in me to do good on the test.To do good on the test is study very hard, go to bed early, skim the selection, highlight key words, restate answers, focus on the test and nothing else, don't worry if your going to do good or bad, and do your best.How I am going to do good on the test is study every night, get a good night's sleep, and try my very hardest.

katie w said...

I know I have it in me to be successful on the test which is in 3 days!

To perform my best all I need is something to chew on like gum or butterscotch. Yesterday laura and I were mushroom hunting in the field and somehow we got to talking about the test and the top 10 list. And Laura said not to read the questions before you read the passage. She said that if you don't get the question just read the whole passage again.

My plan for Monday is to just do my best. I'm going to give 120 percent on that test. And hopefully my best is enough to ace that test. Wait I know my best is enough to pass the test. I don't know why but I can't wait until test day.

The Unforgetable One said...

Yeah You're right. Success isn't brain surgery, it is something that comes to you if you really want it. Or really work for it.

When I am stressed, all I do is think of my favorite place to be. Which is of course Circle D ( the skating rink). So when you are stressed think of your favorite place to be, and remember how easy you make it sound.

So when all of us are doing the test on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Just remember it's not hard you're just stressed and need to slow down, take a breathe and believe in your self.

This Monday we're going to rock this school........Good Luck!!!!

Tristian Stumbo said...

I am going to use the top ten lest an get a good night sleep.I wont to perform my best and get a good grade. I need to stay on task the whole time. I also need to get a good grade.

amanda k said...

I think i do have it in me because i will work my hardest on it. Also i will go to bed early and REALLY work hard. I will not get stress and i will think about each question and tack my time.

trevor s. said...

Kari, I think your idea is brilliant. I like it, I could use some extra credit.

katie w said...

Heyy Unforgettable one that is some great advice. If you are stressed out because you can't answer a question just think of something that relaxes you. For example I would think of me on my dirt bike riding through our woods. That's some great advice Unforgettable one, thanks!

Baylie M said...

Yes I think I have what it takes to be successful on the test Monday. What I have to perform my best is to work hard.What my plan is to not worry about it and just relax.

trevor s. said...

There are only three days left until the big test !! I am very excited My mom says that if I work hard and I put my mind to the big test I will be successful. To be successful I will use the top ten list and relax this weekend so I will not be stressed Monday and Tuesday and Mr. McGuire, you are right success is not brain surgery.

P.S. Good luck to all students.

~*cat*~ =D said...

well, I do think that i have it in me to pass. If i try my best and i have a drink and like skittles. I think that everybody can pass the test if they paid attention this whole year. Ha ha ya right who would that be? j/k. And Mr.McGuire are we allowed to listen to music during the test ?
To be serious i probably won't follow the list that we maid. I don't like to go by a list or it makes me think my life is going by what people tell me to go by. strange i know. I think i can pass the test though. Lets just hope for everybody's sace that I'm in a good mood Monday!