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Life orientation

Grade 8


Module 4

Are you a winner?

You are what you think or not?

There is a well -known saying that vegetarians use when they are confronted by the run-of-the- mill carnivore: You are what you eat! Just think of the guilty feelings such a saying can cause when you sit there, poised with knife and fork, ready to strike at a juicy, underdone steak! Or a tender piece of veal...

There is great truth in the saying: You become what you think you are. In other words, your thoughts often determine what is to become of you. If you see yourself as stupid, you would be too unmotivated or scared to try - and if you do not try - you cannot expect to achieve success. Your negative expectations become true, in other words. If someone tells you often enough that you are bad or ugly, you will start to believe it. It is even more dangerous if the voice that tells you such negative things is your own. Who can you believe, if you can't believe yourself? Can you see how dangerous such negative selfspeak can be? It is vital that you stop negative thoughts before they form a pattern which will make you less than you deserve to be. Substitute positive thoughts for negative thoughts.

Well, I used a whole lot of words to say that your thoughts often determine your success. This is it in a nutshell: You have to think like a winner to be a winner.

Important: Winners are not always the brightest stars - and the brightest stars are not always winners.

If you set a realistic aim, and you reach that aim and you are happy about it - then you are a winner!

Let's look at the characteristics of a winner…

1. A winner realises or uses his or her full potential

This means that a winner competes against him- or herself to achieve the best result he or she is capable of. If you are able to get 100% in a subject and you get only 70% (and there was no real reason for not getting 100%), you did not use your full potential. If you are able to get 50% and you do so, then you are a winner. If you do your own personal best, you are a winner. Do not give in to the temptation to become a "minimum" kind of person.

  • Think seriously... Do you live and achieve according to your full potential? What does your little voice inside say?
  • The next question should be: What prevents you from doing your best? Quickly, write down your very first thought. Do not think too deeply here.

Let's put our heads together and decide what can prevent people from doing their best.


Listen to one another.

Jot down roughly before committing it to your paper.

Stay within the time limit that the teacher or group leader sets.

Reasons why people do not reach or realise their full potential:

  • Before you write down your final ideas: Which of the reasons given are valid reasons and which are only excuses that people make?
  • How would one distinguish between excuses and real reasons?
  • What about... "I failed because the teacher does not like me" or "I failed because my mother did not help me." Excuse or reason?
  • What about: "I did badly because I had a fight with my best friend just before we started writing" or "I felt terribly ill that day." Excuse or reason?
  • It would also help if you come with a suggestion to solve the problem, such as, "I would like to rewrite the test if I may when I feel better."

Questions & Answers

Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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