Your Online Math Professor

April 24, 2010

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight…

Filed under: Approach,Attitude,Focus — yourmathprof @ 5:42 pm


It’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Don’t doubt the truth of this for one moment.

To illustrate, here’s an example from my life.

My parents were very religious, and so insisted that my education be religious-based, including my college education.

While I learned a lot, and had many good values instilled within me, their insistence reduced my options when it came time for graduate work.

The Harvards and Yales wouldn’t give me a second look, but that didn’t deter me – because there’s a lot of fight in this dog.

I went to a school not far from where I got my undergraduate degree, and spent the next few years working towards my Ph.D. in math.

All the while, I kept my eyes on the prize: a prestigious post-doctoral position that would permit me to excel.

When the opportunity to apply for such a position appeared, I lunged for it like a dog on a bone… and was offered the job.

I took it, and spent the next three years distinguishing myself as a mathematics researcher.

By the time all was said and done, I had become the most accomplished person who ever held that position.

Towards the end of my time there, I was introduced by a colleague to a friend of his, a fellow who, like me, held a Ph.D. in math.

Unlike me, he had gone to elite schools, and at the time we met, he held a post-doctoral position at a Big Ten university.

He had a pedigree that guaranteed success… yet when he heard my story, and learned of my accomplishments, he was AMAZED.

“You went to a backwater college, then got your Ph.D. at a second-tier school – and you’ve done all this?

“Incredible! You’re not supposed to be able to do all this! People who’ve taken your route just don’t get this far.”

Tell me about it, pal.

I’ve had to deal with the naysayers from day one.

But what they had to say didn’t matter to me… because there’s a lot of fight in this dog.

I’m betting there’s a lot of fight in YOU, too, or else you wouldn’t be here.

I’m Your Online Math Professor, and I’m here to help you harness your drive, to help you FIGHT for your seat at the table of success.

April 23, 2010

Stay Focused

Filed under: Focus — yourmathprof @ 9:17 am

Stay focused.

How does one DO that?

Life comes at us so fast in the Information Age.

We talk, text, and email.

We’re surfing the Net, chatting on Facebook, and tweeting on Twitter.

In our cars, at our desks, and on our feet, we’re always on the go.

Staying focused on our goals and dreams has never been more difficult – and therefore, has never been more vital.

Clearing blocks of time, setting aside all other distractions, and getting it done – successful people do this every day.

You’re here because you want to be successful, or an even greater success than you already are.

You’ve come to the right place.

I’m Your Online Math Professor, and I’m here to show you how to STAY FOCUSED, in the classroom and in life.

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