X=X/2 or X=2X? What is your Equation of Success?


This post is a continuation of my previous post “With love- to all my Grade 12 parents”

I have already shared with you the story of the boy who was forced to choose science by his parents even though his interest lay in another field which definitely was not science but he was not able to point out what he actually wanted to do in life.

I gave him and his parents the following simple equation for choosing careers;

X= X/2

X= 2X

Where X is the amount of efforts you put in a subject.

I asked the boy to apply this equation to some of the subjects he is studying in his class as of now and analyze the results. This is what he came up with;

Subject Effort Return
English X 2X
Maths 2X X/2 or even X/4
Science 2X X
History X 2X

You do not need to be a Rocket Scientist to analyze the above the data- do you? 

When I discussed the above table with the boy the following highlights came up;

  1. The boy loved studying English & History and he said the results he got in English and History were always double of the efforts he put in
  2. The boy was okay in Maths & Science and was even putting extra efforts in the same subjects but the results he was getting were either half or less than half of the efforts that he was putting in

Then, I came up to the next important question for him & his parents when you could clearly see the equation of success pointing towards his aptitude being for either English or History- why were they not pursuing it?

And, I got an answer that left me a little disappointed but not shocked. What was it?

To be followed!