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No matter what else is happening in the world, the Olympics have always commanded attention. If you ever doubt the burning will to exceed all limits inherent in all of us, just look at the dedication these indomitable athletes exemplify. 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 somehow ignore every other week of the year. No, we thrill to the competition, the effort, and the unquenchable commitment to win. Everyone on the path to their best test scores and grades can learn what being the best really requires from those who have paid the costs and reaped the rewards–including Gold Medals and enshrinement on boxes of Wheaties–of enduring excellence… “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams…

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When I wrote about why “doing your best” is not always enough, I found the perfect culminating quote from none other than Winston Churchill. And why wouldn’t I? Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill wasn’t simply one of the most renowned wartime leaders of the 20th century; he was also among the wisest and wittiest. In fact, when England was embattled and on the brink of defeat during World War II, Churchill rallied the nation through the sheer force of his personality and rhetoric. We remember Churchill’s words today because of how transformative his insights on determination, effort, and success have been on the world stage. But his insights illuminate many of the core struggles every student goes through in the quest for peak academic performance…   As an interesting footnote, Churchill was no stranger to the concept of test preparation. When he applied as a young man to attend the Royal…

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