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Success doesn’t come easy. In fact, many of history’s greatest success stories involve struggle, failure, and loss. Augustine Mandino II got off to a rocky start in life, taking a far different path than the one he envisioned through labor, military service, and (what really bruised him) insurance sales. But Og fought through his dark days in part by studying and harnessing the power of positive thinking. In time, the student became the master as Og Mandino went on to become a bestselling writer and speaker on the subject of success: “Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” “Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.” “It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.” “We first make our habits, and…

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Why is it that we can spend hours engrossed in some activities but can’t bear to spend mere minutes on other tasks? Obviously, certain activities (hanging out with friends) are a lot more fun than others (root canal). But interest and enjoyment vary widely to the point that you may adore what I abhor (baseball). Sometimes, when we’re really lucky, the stars align and we find pleasure in productive tasks. Our passion propels us to excellence in academics, athletics, art, or commerce, which then triggers more benefits and inspires more passion. We see this in students with a strong intrinsic motivation for test prep: the more they practice, the better they do. So how can you find passion for prep? Oliver Emberton, an individual who clearly understands how interest and ambition feed accomplishment, shares some remarkable insights on this topic in his article “How to find your passion“:   All…

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Today, just as we do every two years, people and nations around the globe celebrate another round of Olympic Games. No spectacle captures the world’s imagination on such a grand scale. But we’re not tuning in to catch up on air rifle or luge or any of the other hundreds of sometimes obscure events (race walking… really?) we assiduously ignore every other week of the year. No, we thrill to the competition, the effort, and the unquenchable, unwavering commitment to win. Anyone and everyone committed to achieving their best grades, scores, or performance can learn what being the best really requires from those who have paid the costs and reaped the rewards–-from gold medals to lifetime celebrity to enshrinement on boxes of Wheaties–-of enduring excellence… “I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” — Mia Hamm,…

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The end of a long year provides an opportunity to take stock of how far you’ve come and how far you have yet to go. Savor your successes, learn from your failures, and never stop working towards your most fervent goals. To get you motivated, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational tips from TestBeast…           Do you need daily motivation for monster test scores? Most people do, so join the movement towards greatness by subscribing for free to the Daily TestBeast!

As we enter the holiday season, we should take stock of all the work that went into the first quarter of the academic year. No matter how well you did, your goal for the rest of the year should always be BETTER. To get you motivated, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational tips from TestBeast…             Do you need daily motivation for monster test scores? Most people do, so join the movement towards greatness by subscribing for free to the Daily TestBeast!

It’s funny how much we can learn about school and testing by looking at sports. After all, where else do we glorify clutch performance over competitors after an enduring commitment to incremental improvement through sustained practice? As parents and teachers, considering sports helps us recognize that every athlete has the opportunity to start at one level of ability and practice towards a better one. Not every player becomes a starter, and precious few win any kind of championship. But the pride we take in watching our kids strive and struggle towards their best success doesn’t need to be limited to athletic accomplishments…   Take a lesson from the other side of the proverbial aisle and consider how this wise observation might apply to academic achievement: Your child’s success or lack of success in tests does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But having a student who is coachable,…

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