The power of one word

Stupid.  This word is spoken repeatedly as self-speak by talented students across the nation. I have heard it said many times and always find it jarring to my senses.  I hadn’t considered how the power of that word multiplies when it takes the form of self-speak. I hadn’t realized how much it scared me to think that such a damaging word might follow each student into their future aspirations.

Every time I hear someone say things like, “I just feel so stupid about . . . ” I believe you.  But, lack of awareness is not the same as ignorance. Ignorance is a choice.

We are constantly being presented with perspectives that we may have not fully understand.  The barrage of information can be overwhelming.  We cannot fully grasp everything which makes us feel overwhelmed and, at times, stupid.

We’re not stupid. We’re not ignorant. The biggest lessons with the most powerful punch are smack dab in the middle of the uncomfortable moments—always the clearest indicator that we’re present in a perfect storm of learning.

Feeling stupid is a gut reaction of fear that you are being judged and someone may be thinking less of you. Maybe they are.  Stupid can be such a divisive word. It’s harmful because it rejects the fact that you always had, and will continue to have, the capacity to learn.

Don’t worry. You’re a better person than you were a moment before, and it’s mostly because of the most real form of education.  So, please think twice before you use such a word to describe yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself who will?

C.A.N. is here for you to ensure that you are up to the challenges that lay ahead.  If you would like to discuss the transition to college and how C.A.N. can be of assistance, please fill out the contact us page on our website.


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