Last week I gave you a short project to do over Spring Break. If you missed it, click here. This week, I want to give you another tip to reach success faster. (Before you go any further, please make sure you’ve done last week’s assignment. This post is longer than normal, but it’s worth it if you want to reach your dreams).
I’ve started reading a book called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I want to share this excerpt with you:
However, instead of finding a holy man, our hero entered a room and saw a great deal of activity; merchants coming and going, people chatting in the corners, a small orchestra playing sweet melodies, and there was a table laden with the most delectable dishes of that part of the world.
The wise man talked to everybody, and the young man had to wait for two hours until it was time for his audience.
The Sage listened attentively to the reason for the boy’s visit, but told him that at that moment he did not have the time to explain to him the Secret of Happiness.
He suggested that the young man take a stroll around his palace and come back in two hours’ time.
“However, I want to ask you a favor,” he added, handing the boy a teaspoon, in which he poured two drops of oil. “While you walk, carry this spoon and don’t let the oil spill.”
The young man began to climb up and down the palace staircases, always keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. At the end of two hours he returned to the presence of the wise man.
“So,” asked the sage, “did you see the Persian tapestries hanging in my dining room? Did you see the garden that the Master of Gardeners took ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”
Embarrassed, the young man confessed that he had seen nothing. His only concern was not to spill the drops of oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.
“So, go back and see the wonders of my world,” said the wise man. “You can’t trust a man if you don’t know his house.”
Now more at ease, the young man took the spoon and strolled again through the palace, this time paying attention to all the works of art that hung from the ceiling and walls.
He saw the gardens, the mountains all around the palace, the delicacy of the flowers, the taste with which each work of art was placed in its niche. Returning to the sage, he reported in detail all that he had seen.
“But where are the two drops of oil that I entrusted to you?” asked the sage.
Looking down at the spoon, the young man realized that he had spilled the oil.
“Well, that is the only advice I have to give you,” said the sage of sages.
“The Secret of Happiness lies in looking at all the wonders of the world and never forgetting the two drops of oil in the spoon.”
I share that story for one reason. As you work towards your goals, you must not lose sight of other aspects of life. The ideal scholarship candidate will be a well-rounded student. Although you may only be passionate about sports, a club, or schoolwork, it’s the student that has a myriad of experiences that will earn the money.
Here are this week’s Tuition Tuesday scholarships:
- Keds Brave Life Project: Ten to fifteen minutes of your time could be worth $1,000. Young women ages 13 to 24 can apply to receive a grant towards their brave dreams.
Deadline: March 21st
- Open Doors: Unlock Your Future Challenge: High school students, this scholarship gives you the chance to tell the committee why you’re the ideal candidate for $5,000. Answer a few questions about your strengths, interests, favorite subjects in school, and what you do in your free time.
Deadline: March 27th
- NextStepU Super Teens Contest: What if you could start earning scholarship cash early? If you’re 13 or older, you can enter this scholarship for the chance to win $1,000. All you have to do is answer six, short questions.
Deadline: April 4th
- The AAT Project (America’s Amazing Teen): This is what I call an “opportunity” scholarship. Teens 13-19 can enter this competition to be considered one of America’s Amazing Teens. The AAT Project is looking for teens with ideas that will change the world and shape the future.
Award: $1,000 – $75,000
Deadline: Winners each month
Remember to keep us updated on your goals and vision. Happy Tuition Tuesday!