It’s summer of 2010. I’m attending a youth conference with my high school youth group. At one point, we had some time to kill, so we decided to play Ninja.
In case you don’t know, Ninja is a game where you stand in a circle and everyone takes turns trying to get each other out by hitting their hands. It sounds odd, I know, but it’s a fun game that burns some energy and requires fast reflexes, speed and skill.
And in 2010?
I was good.
We had maybe 20 of us or so, and one by one, people would be eliminated. I usually won, and after this particular round, some kids from another youth group asked to join in.
And by some kids I mean their entire youth group.
So we played team Ninja, us against them, probably 40 or 50 new friends standing in a giant circle.
It was awesome.
In the end, the only two people left were me and their “champion.”
The two best ninjas around.
And we went at it.
Normally there’s a slight pause between players’ turns, but we didn’t bother with that. After maybe five minutes of a blur of hands, I somehow managed to just barely make contact and, just like that, I was THE ninja champion.
Why me and not the other kid? I was just a teeny hair faster.
There’s an old marketing maxim that “money is attracted to speed.”
Strangely enough, so are good grades.
If it takes you 15 minutes to learn things that take me 30 minutes to learn, who do you think will do better come test time?
Or what if I can write a paper in 45 minutes that it takes you an hour to write?
Now, I’m not talking about shortcuts here. Shortcuts rarely end up being shorter in the long run.
I’m talking pure speed of learning. Retaining more information faster.
Being a study ninja.
Believe it or not, no matter how slow or fast you learn right now, that IS something that you can improve.
I know cause I’ve seen it done many times. I’ve done it myself when I was in college and was forbidden from studying.
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P.S. Sending this at 6:40ish … a.m.! First Hour = success. 🙂