Have you ever dropped a penny and didn’t bother to pick it up? Are you sometimes eager to get rid of coins in your possession even if it means throwing them away? It is estimated that over $200 million in coins is lost each year! Why does this happen? I think it is because 4 cents can’t buy a whole lot. As a result, it’s value is seen as zero. However, with just 21 cents more, you have the value of a shiny “silver” quarter. That changes things because we are more likely to bend down and pick up a quarter instead of a penny.
This reminds me of the importance of your effort with the small things as a student. As a student, there are a number of things you have to do in order to be successful. You would be surprised to know that the small things go a long way. For example, if you have an issue with coming to class on time, I promise you that your teacher would notice if you made an effort to change in that area. This goes a long way and sends the message to your teacher that you are serious about getting better. As a result, your teacher wants to go the extra mile to help you be successful.
Keeping a planner is so easy and it takes very little time. However, many students choose not to use one because they don’t see the value in keeping one. A planner keeps you organized and lessens the chance you will forget an important date. Keeping a planner is a minor adjustment that can prevent a major mistake. If you want to do well in school, you will have to master the small things. There are many small things you can do to make yourself better. You just have to have patience. Over time, the small things add up to make a big difference. Are you valuing the small things?
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)