Often, in my work with teens, it becomes very obvious that some are faking it.
I’m talking about when they tell me and their parents they’re going to do something: they’re going to apply for xx number of scholarships, they’re going to do this, that, or the other. And then they don’t.
They tell their parents and they tell me that so that they can look like they’re doing something. They want to seem that way so we’ll be pleased with their actions.
I hear adults in the business world say they want to ‘fake it until they make it.’ Basically this means they fake success until they make it. They fake it until they can show they’re doing the things they say they’re doing or until they’re making the money they say they’re making.
And there may be some validity in doing that, to psyche your mind out or fool other people.
But when it comes to scholarship searches, there is no such thing as faking it until you make it.
You either are doing it or you’re not.
And I’m not just talking about finding scholarships. I’m talking about applying for scholarships.
When they get into our program, many teens tell their parents, “Yeah, I’m finding scholarships. Yes, I’m looking for them. Yes, I’m doing this, and I’m doing that.” But they’re not applying for anything.
If you’re not applying for scholarships, then you’re not really doing it. You are faking it, and you’re not going to make it unless you really do it and apply for scholarships.
Applying doesn’t simply mean you put a stamp on the application and mail it. You need to apply for them in a meaningful way, where somebody checks it, proofs it, and makes sure it’s correct.
You need someone to see that what you’re sending is the best representation of you to compete for money in the most optimal way possible. It bothers me when I see kids apply, apply, apply, and nobody checks their work.
One year I had a teen who applied for 67 scholarships and got none of them. People have asked, “Does everybody who works with you get scholarships?” Well no, not everybody – especially if they do what this teen did. He was merely submitting applications. When I finally looked at what he was submitting, it was garbage. Garbage.
So don’t waste your time applying for scholarships if you’re not going to put your BEST foot forward and if you’re not going to let others check your work. You need someone to help you if you lack that attention to detail.
In our program we don’t teach, ‘Fake it ’til you make it.’
We teach, ‘Do the work that you need to do so you can have the success!’
It’s a numbers game, this scholarship search process. It always has been, it always will be.
Go out there and do the things you need to do so you can have the success that other teens before you had… doing the things that we teach.
Until next time, God bless, and take care