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The Secret to Student Success: Arel Moodie (Transcript)

Arel Moodie at TEDxYouthClintonSquare

Here is the full text and summary of author Arel Moodie’s talk: The Secret to Student Success at TEDxYouth@ClintonSquare conference.

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So what if I told you you’ve been lied to your whole life?

What if I told you that what you’ve been told since you were a kid about what it takes to become successful is completely wrong?

What if I told you that you did not have to be so many of the things you thought you did?

Now you’ve been lied to, and just for clarity, you weren’t lied to by your teachers, by your parents, by the adults in your life because they hate you. You’ve been lied to because they were just misguided.

For example, what if I told you, you do not have to be smart to be successful? There are a bunch of really not smart people doing very well.

But, this is what we’re told ever since we’re younger. We want to be in the smart class, don’t we? Have you ever heard a teacher say something like this to maybe you or one of your classmates: “Wow, you finished your work really, really quickly. You must be really smart.”

Do you know what’s being said and implied in that statement? What’s being implied is if it takes you a long time to do something, then you are not smart.

So when we’re younger, if we come up to an obstacle, we don’t go, ‘Oh, this is awesome.’ We go, ‘well, I don’t want people to know I’m not smart.’

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