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This is really one of those sayings that most people know but only a few really know how true it is. Nothing ever happens without hard work.
Like all things worth having, hard work is a part and parcel of it. But what does it mean ‘putting in the work’?
For most people putting in the work means to follow the rules, do what the teacher says and all things will come your way. Well yes, that is true, the teacher can be a great resource for you, but that is only part of it. The truly hard part comes outside of that point.
After you have gone to your class, done all the activities and gone home and done your homework, what do you do? Some students watch TV, get together with friends, go online, or simply go to sleep. Yes you do need to relax after a hard days work, no question, but the true winners will be the ones who do the following:
- Watch an English TV programme
- Build friendships with English speaking people
- Access English websites
- And…well…. I’m not sure if you can dream in English, but you can try!!
The key point here is that the real learning comes when you apply what you know. Making the effort to go above and beyond what you know is what will set you apart from the other people in your class.
Getting good at something requires hard work, and the hard work comes when things get tough. When the going gets tough – the tough get going – as the saying goes. So too is it in English learning. When you are finding it hard to make English friends or decipher the TV programme in English or understand what the website is saying – this is the hard work you will confront and it is those people who work their way through it and come out the other end bigger and stronger.
I’ve seen this in so many ways in life, and it really is the very thing that separates the winners from the losers in everything. The ability to put in the hard work and stay in it for the long haul.