7 Things I Wish They Taught Me in School

I don’t say school was awful, on the contrary. It was a wild journey.

But school is for wanting to learn crucial things to push you forward in life, to form you, instead of wanting to skip classes and wish you were sick (until you really are) and reconsider otherwise.

We are not shiny flowers, but in my opinion the system is clearly made too flat. Okay, you learn to read and write, but when you grow up most of the things learned in school are not important. And then again, you learn logical thinking by solving math “watermelon” problems, but working a real life job consist way more different puzzles than a math problem. It’s actually simpler.

Let’s skip the intro and stretch the actual 7 things I wish they taught me in school. I firmly know I would be way more further than I am now, knowing the things below earlier.7 Things I Wish They Taught Me in School

1. The Reticular Cortex

If I knew that science is way more broad than just a baloney discoveries back in the days, I would of been 18 years old with the same way of thinking I am right now.

The reticular cortex is something like transmitter to your goals (how it fully works). It’s a little pen-like section of the brain that deletes most of what you hear, see and feel.

As you adjust your focus from one thing to another, you delete shifts as well. The reticular cortex determines what to delete, but you have to decide what you don’t want to delete.

If that points out to be your goal, the reticular cortex will employ your world with that.

If you don’t want to obsess with baloney things that will never cross your way in life, you must take overall control in your life. You wish you knew this earlier, eh?

2. Failure and Mistakes are must in every sphere

I wish I had a motivational speaking class in school. If we were instructed to keep doing until we succeed, not until we learn something just to get a better grade, we would learn the broader part of the philosophy of success.

Until I turned 20 I thought that the first mistake means “not for me.” The exact “not for me” kept me away from my dreams so long. If there weren’t motivational legends like Brian Tracy, or Napoleon Hill I would still live my reality in the “not for me” world. I’m truly glad (however late) that I know what mistakes and failure are. Knowing this earlier would be great revelation.

3. Give worth and value to get worth and value back

The default greediness forced us to grab like monkeys, until everything we ever got falls in quicksand and drowns slowly. We cannot get things without giving something. The higher and worthy we give, the higher and worthy we get, instead of copying from the girl next to you to get a better grade.

I wish my teacher told me this sentence emotionally with deep meaning (and maybe with a bit of explanation with it.)

4. The Pareto Principle

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule) characterizes that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. It simply means that 80% of your time you do things that will never give effect to your life.

I personally think most successful people get the knowledge to focus on those exact 20% and give more credit to them. It would be smart to follow the advice on life from the leaders that didn’t look like they even did the 20% of the principle back in the days.

5. Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s law is the “adage” that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. It’s a clear statement that means the time we give to complete something will be the exact time the task will be done.

For example, if you place a thought in your Reticular Cortex (see number one) to complete advanced Spanish language in three years, that will be the reality in your world. Most probably it would take three years to “habla espanol”.

But if you give yourself one year to complete advanced Spanish language courses, you would probably do it in a year. It’s all about giving commands to your brain. It’s a global law.

6. Select things in groups

Okay, I admit it. We were selected in groups in most activities, but it doesn’t work the same individually.

When we select things in groups instead of putting everything in a whole, we have extensive time to finish tasks precisely. We simplify the play in several sectors. From that point, the focus is clear on the whole by looking at the dots.

Math problems are great reminder that giving the answer on a “circling” problem cannot be solved by an actual example. At least I was always too far from all the given numbers!

7. Attitude twists reality

When you say “be positive about it” gives a flat motivation. And by the way, who told you to be positive in school? I’ve never even heard the word “positive” when I was little. It’s not some kind of new made-up thing, right?

Returning on the first one, being positive about things is not just a simple sentence. It’s an attitude that determines your way of living. It is much more deeper than just a flat motivation. It’s a way of life.

Your position of stance should be straight spine, chin up, and eyes always looking directly in the participant eyes. No one told me that I could influence people without saying a word!

I would be glad to hear your “wish you learned in school” in the comments section!

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  1. Toni Clarke

    March 4, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Interesting post, I have never heard of the reticular cortex before that’s such a strange concept!


    • Nikola Gjakovski

      March 5, 2015 at 1:25 AM

      Thank you Toni! I hope this knowledge gives you sense of guidance in life!

  2. Neesha

    March 4, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Wow I’d literally never heard of most of these things before and definitely wasn’t taught them at school
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

    • Nikola Gjakovski

      March 5, 2015 at 1:24 AM

      I had a bit later! 🙂 However, it is great that it’s never too late for anything!


  3. Neal Kind

    March 4, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    This is really interesting.I wish they taught some of these in school as well.

    • Nikola Gjakovski

      March 5, 2015 at 1:24 AM

      I wish that too Neal! I hope the next generation would have that luck!

  4. Laina Turner

    March 4, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Love this post. So true yet we have to get to adulthood before figuring it out.

  5. Amanda Winchester

    March 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Excellent piece, and I am so glad you have told me about Parkinson’s Law, what a fascinating concept! Number 7 is how I have recently learned to try to live, it can be difficult, but attitude really is everything, and you’re absolutely right, why are we only learning this now instead of having it drilled into us at school? It would have made my life a lot easier! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    • Nikola Gjakovski

      March 5, 2015 at 1:22 AM

      Not a problem Amanda! I also teaching kids since being “little legs” will gradually improve the conscious of success and living life to the fullest! 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

  6. Zaby @ Zaby's Perspective

    March 5, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    at the end of the day i wish i was told all that you learnt doesnt matter. here comes the real life

    • Nikola Gjakovski

      March 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

      Also true Zaby. Life experience is the best teacher there is.

  7. Sam

    March 8, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    It’s all about experience too, there’s some things that you cant be taught and you don’t know what you’ll actually do till the situation happens!

    Sam |

    • Nikola Gjakovski

      March 8, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      That’s right Sam! Everyone has different perspective. Cheers!

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