In honor of the new school term I thought I would reflect on past memories. For most of us High School was a lifetime ago, filled with books that were half read and lessons that are now mostly forgotten, however here are five lessons from High School that are still as relevant now as the day they were taught:
- There will always be someone that will judge your writing
Back in High School there was always a section of the assignment or test devoted to spelling, punctuation and grammar that would affect your results. The same truth still applies in the real world, while it is far more relaxed than it was; the truth is most people will still judge others for their writing ability, even subconsciously. I bet your even doing it right now in fact. The only difference is rather than grades, you could be losing business.
- “10 minutes early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.”
I don’t know if everyone was taught this, but if you were in any sort of school club or sport than chances are this saying was drilled into you every time you were more than a minute late. Time is a valuable commodity, most would say the most valuable, and the amount of time you show a person or activity directly tells them how much you value their services or insights. Showing up slightly earlier than necessary tells them that you’re interested and ready to contribute.
- If you don’t know how to deal with a problem, ask for help
Ah the most important lesson in all of school still holds up true in today’s work life. If you don’t know how to handle a problem then it is far better to seek advice than to create a potential mess. Luckily with the rise of the internet and the growing amount of specialists hosting their own tutorials and webinars it’s never been easier to get taught on nearly any subject.
- “If you fail to plan you plan to fail”
Scheduling has been a life saver for many a student, knowing due dates and classes in one glance has helped prioritise workloads and serve as a healthy reminder of what the following day will bring. I see no reason why the same cannot be true now, and while having an electronic reminder on the computer and phone is both handy and practical, I’m still a sucker for the paper planner that you can stick to the wall.
- Procrastination is a real danger
We’re all guilty of procrastination one time or another, that feeling of having something important to do but putting it off for one reason or another. Maybe you’re the type that works better under pressure? Or that polishing your shoes WAS far more important than calling back that client? Well it’s likely that this habit was started in High School, whereas back then procrastination meant bad grades, here it could lead to bankruptcy. Never underestimate the worlds abilities to create unexpected problems and learn to complete the tasks that really matter as soon as you are able.