A tough year to be sure. Light at the end of the tunnel at last. But what will the scenery be like as we emerge from the tunnel? Certainly not the same as the scenery we left behind when we entered the tunnel. And what does that mean, for you?
When times are tough, what gets you through it? The fact is that you are going to come through it. The question is: Will you be stronger or damaged by the experience? When it's all behind you, are you going to look back on the tough times and feel proud of how you handled them?
We all want to be good at something. Most of us are good at something. But what if you want to be exceptional? How do you go about being exceptional? Is it even possible? It depends. It certainly depends on you but not on you alone.
I've never met anyone who became exceptional without the guidance of a coach; and I never met an exceptional person who was exceptional to begin with.
Are you the sort of person who is inspired by people who overcome the most challenging of circumstances? Or are you put off by the stress they must be under? Do you aspire to be the kind of person you would need to be if you wanted to be a doctor, or a nurse or develop a vaccine? Never mind if that's not the kind of career for you. It's the kind of person we're talking about.
What would be the fairest way for you to be assessed this year? Exams? Continuous assessment? And who should assess you? External, independent exam board or your teachers? Does anyone know how it's going to be done? It looks like being a right mess doesn't it?
Not much you can do about it anyway. But that doesn't mean your career progress has to be put on hold. There are lots of things you can get on with no matter what form of assessment you'll be faced with.
At least, I hope you wouldn't. No, I'm sure you wouldn't. The worrying thing is that some people would. This podcast gives you a way to spot the less obvious frauds. For something to be true, it's usually necessary for other things to be true that clearly are not.