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Working Smarter Still Means Working Your Ass Off — 5 Comments

  1. Lately this really resonates with me. I have been studying since January of this year, and I have made some real huge improvements. University constantly slows me down though. I keep feeling like if I had more free time, if I had more time I could use to FOCUS on my japanese, I could be 100, 200, 300, 400 times better than I am!

    At the end of the day, Maybe I am not putting in the effort I could be.
    Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get up an hour early and watch some しゃべくり007!

    • Waking up early to watch しゃべくり007 is always worth it.

      Try to challenge yourself to even just find an extra 20 minutes a day. Over a year thats 120 hours of more power you are putting into your Japanese.

  2. I can very strongly attest to this. I’ve always been someone who’s very “clever”, but also incredibly lazy. I have on many occasions spent more energy trying to find the most efficient way to do something than actually doing it >_>

    But when it comes to Japanese there just aren’t many shortcuts. I’ve had to keep a very measured pace to avoid burning out, and have watched some determined and hard-working folks blow right past me along the way.

    That’s not to say I feel bad about it, though. For the time I do put in, I feel like I’m making excellent progress. I’m happy and I’m having fun and it works for me. But it’s always good to have strong people to try and chase after, right? =)

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