On the personal level, the single most important thing I ever learned was do not procrastinate. Not just about school; every time something comes up that you are afraid to do, do it as soon as you can.
I learned that too late.
Sit front and centre in class and ignore the “smart” comments from behind you. Your marks will improve five or ten percent just from this.
Write down everything the teacher says, even if it is an illegible scribble. You don’t have to read it again; the act of writing fixed it in your memory.
When the teacher assigns the odd-numbered questions as homework, do all the questions. Not only do you get twice the practice, teachers often use the even-numbered questions on exams.
Do all of these things and graduate top of the class. I shirked homework and sat at the back when a teen and barely squeaked through. Went to college in my late thirties to learn about computers, applied these ideas, and people mistook me for someone smart.
And don’t shoot the piano player.
Small minds steal. Great minds are inspired.
Your hero Neil Young, Burton Cummings, and my favourite, Randy Bachman. All learning their craft at 40 below.
Burton Cummings denies the anti-Americanism but Randy Bachman points it out. On his weekly radio program Vinyl Tap, Bachman quoted the lines, “I don’t need your war machines, I don’t need no ghetto scenes” to prove his point. (I may have the words or the order wrong but the thoughts are there.)
As for where it was written, Burton Cummings was a heavy drinker and Randy Bachman a teetotal. Take your pick.
When I was a child (8 to 12) I lived in Winnipeg. My older sister listened to rock and roll but I didn’t care. Popular music then came from the United States (this was before the Beatles) and the idea that a Canadian band would make good in Canada was barely imaginable to me. Maybe if they came from Montreal, which had some class. From Toronto, naw.
That kids from Winnipeg would become world class musicians was inconceivable.
Always wondered why that song was big in the USA. Did no-one listen to the words?
The official story is that he was called the Three Jeweled Eunuch because of his accomplishments in three different areas. I’ve always suspected he made an unexpected discovery during the operation.
Not always unkind. Reportedly, China’s “Three Jeweled Eunuch” performed the operation on himself rather that starve to death in the streets. He rose to become Admiral of the Treasure Fleets that explored the Indian Ocean as far as Zanzibar before Columbus was born.