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Hey everyone, I'm a new member to this website and I'd like to ask for some tips on staying focused. Everyone I know who has reached success in their lives have told me in one form or another to find the things that are important, and stay focused on them. For me at this stage in my life, doing well in school is my main priority and I'll admit, sometimes it's hard to be 100% focused on what I'm doing.

I'm a high school student as you've guessed who is aspiring to be successful when I'm older (planning on going into medicine actually). I'll worry about which car I get and all that stuff when the time comes, right now my main task is to keep my head down and focus on my studying.

So do you guys have any inspirational tips or advice? Anything I should tell myself whenever I'm just...not in the mood to sit down and study?

Some context: It's 2am and I have a mountain of Latin work that I want to get done before 7am, when I have to get up and intern at the hospital.


Edit: Yes I know "Dont spend time on these forums, get to work" is an obvious response but I assure you I rarely get on online forums, this would be my first! :)
 

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I'll be the first sucker to respond. I dropped out of school and it was the best thing for me:) I refuse to work for the man and insist on setting my own schedule. With our countryoving to socialistic ideology, I'd stay away from medicine... But what do I know!:)
 

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It's about passion. IF you are going what you most want to do, focus will not be a problem. Sadly, many people don't find this until late in life. Some never do. I'm 68 years old and I was 42 before I really indulged my passion. This took some doing, but it surely paid off. Zero debt. Go where I want when I want, and I will leave my son, daughter-in-law (and two grandkids) with memories and some $. I do wonder about my 7 year old grandson who says, "Grandpa, your Lambo is too loud!" Maybe he gets that from his Mom's side, because he didn't get it from mine! Now, go back to your declensions.
 

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May I recommend a book - The Traveler's Gift ... by Andy Andrews.

Start there, and then look for more by him, also look for some by John Maxwell (21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is wonderful).

If you keep reading this kind of stuff, that will help keep you on track with whatever else you're doing. If you read that book and have questions about where to go next, PM me.
 

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Message me. I can really help you with the medicine thing. Medicine is wonderful but I don't recommend it as a career if you're in for the money.
 

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I'll be the first sucker to respond. I dropped out of school and it was the best thing for me:) I refuse to work for the man and insist on setting my own schedule. With our countryoving to socialistic ideology, I'd stay away from medicine... But what do I know!:)
You sir have knowledge.
 

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For me, it is about hard and smart working, luck and determination. Come to think of it, maybe that's what Lambo is about -- Brute force combined with stubborn passion.

I am by no means a role model haha so what do I know!

A lot of my childhood frens enjoyed life too much in college. They are all looking for jobs or have soft jobs that I wouldn't call careers. Don't expect to have a great future if you don't put effort into school. There are many dropouts that do well but that's the minority.
 

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For me, it is about hard and smart working, luck and determination. Come to think of it, maybe that's what Lambo is about -- Brute force combined with stubborn passion.

I am by no means a role model haha so what do I know!

A lot of my childhood frens enjoyed life too much in college. They are all looking for jobs or have soft jobs that I wouldn't call careers. Don't expect to have a great future if you don't put effort into school. There are many dropouts that do well but that's the minority.
dj, those words could have just as easily come from my mouth!
 

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doing well in school is my main priority and I'll admit, sometimes it's hard to be 100% focused on what I'm doing.
I'm assuming you're on the Lamborghini forum because you like Lamborghini's? Assuming you have the same passion for the brand as me (which is unlikely, because my passion goes unmatched) the drive to own a Lamborghini (pun intended) should be motivation enough. I had die-cast models on my desk and posters on my walls, and when I wouldn't feel like doing work I would just look at them and remember that my future was dictated by the work I did now, its what got me through college. I had this one poster of a Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 engine that I printed from a picture that I took at a car show (it was the first Lambo I had seen up close) and that was my go to.. I still remember reading "FIRING ORDER 1, 7, 4, 10, 2, 8, 6, 12, 3, 9, 5, 11" over and over again (shame the Aventador's is different).

Unfortunately I graduated not that long ago, and all my die-casts were given away to family friends when my room was converted to a tv/theater room, and I can't hang up my college posters on our walls at home... so I ended up losing focus and bought a 2014 BMW as my first car. But hey you only live once...

You sir have knowledge.
Not sure if serious, as he spelled "contriving" as "countryoving"...
 

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Message me. I can really help you with the medicine thing. Medicine is wonderful but I don't recommend it as a career if you're in for the money.
I can promise everyone I'm not one of those kids who are trying to become a doctor for the money.

My parents are doctors and they've exposed me to a lot of science growing up. It's easily my passion and something I would want to do with my life.

I came back from volunteering at the hospital earlier today. While most kids groan at the idea of waking up early, going to the hospital and dealing with sick people all day, it never fails to excite me and interest me. I'm going to observe a surgery later this week btw, can't wait!
 

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I'm assuming you're on the Lamborghini forum because you like Lamborghini's?
Yes it'd be my dream car.

I also assumed that most Lamborghini owners, or at least, the self-made ones have some tips on staying focused and being successful because they had to apply it to their own lives and careers.
 

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Thank you for the recommendations. It's 2am now but as soon as I leave the house tomorrow I'll pick these books up. Are they similar to 48 Laws of Power by any chance? I loved that book.
 

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Well, that is really good then. Medicine is a very long career that requires a great amount of commitment and hard work(residence hours, seeing friends partying while you studying). The things you should be concentrated now is to keep a great GPA in high school but specially in college, know your professors and participate on any research or voluntary programs, don't join pre-med associations(waste of time and money in some cases) and score a solid score in the MCAT.
 

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You have to be willing to make sacrifices. Your time is the only thing that you can't bargain. You'll have to find a balance between your dream, family, and friends.

One thing I do is listening to audio books while I drive. Otherwise driving is a waste of time.

I would also recommend reading Time Traps by Todd Duncan. It's not about managing your time but prioritizing tasks.
 

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.... but specially in college....
This.

College was WAAAYYYY harder than Med School.

High school was a breeze. That was probably more of a function of my crappy high school than how smart I am, I'm sure. :evil:


Residency was even harder. Working 100+ hour weeks and making minimum wage, being treated like crap, brow beaten.

I was admitting patients in the ER once, I was having horrible gastritis (probably from typical resident meals of chips and mustard packets from the cafeteria. Then cheap beer at home. That's all you can afford living in SF with 6 roomates), I layed down in the next gurney to the patient I was admitting. I kept admitting patients walking around with an IV for the rest of night and kept on through rounds etc...All the physicians here know about the pressures on you to perform.

That's right. No one feels sorry for you. There are waves,upon waves of patients.

Its not like that for me anymore. Residency is behind me.

And I love my job. I'm lucky I get paid so handsomely to do it.

And that is the kicker. You have to like what you do or you won't be happy now matter where you are.

Doctors aren't rich like they used to be, but thankfully, we still aren't starving. Yet. Right, comrads? :p
 

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I am brand new to the forums, but I recommend the book "the war of art". Awesome book that is about focus and breaking through "resistance".

A few other tips I have learned.

Don't multi task. Focus in one thing at a time.
Make detailed lists for what needs done.
Make goals for everything you want in life. Write them down and then break down the big goals into how you will accomplish them.

If you find something your passionate about its not hard to focus.
 

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Good decision?

I'll be the first sucker to respond. I dropped out of school and it was the best thing for me:) I refuse to work for the man and insist on setting my own schedule. With our countryoving to socialistic ideology, I'd stay away from medicine... But what do I know!:)
Has that decision worked for you? In relation to owning a Lambo that is..
 

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Having a better comfortable life and being free is what keeps me focused. Freedom.

Being able to give a helping hand, and eating great food all the time, doing whatever I want If I really wanted to and seeing the world. That whats keeps me focused.

Stay away from medicine.. Sticking to medicine gets you a doctor, which in turn could get you a lamborghini.

Focus on lamborghini. Having 500,000 will get you a Lamborghini

Focus on 500,000, not medicine. Medicine will get you debt.... for the next 20 years of your life and set you back,

If you spend 10 years on 500,000 everyday, you would have it, if you had a spec of a brain.

Its money/time, less time and more money is higher value. More money, enough to buy a lambo.

Focus on money, its not going to appear. you have to GENERATE it.

Your brain is a generator. Generate.
 

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Don`t spend your money on booze, drugs and women, then hang a poster on your wall , say of your favorite Lamborghini, every day look at it and say someday i will get you. then one day instead say i am going to get you today ! pretty much that simple !!
 
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