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Teenagers 101 by Rebecca Deurlein

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CHAPTER 2

How to Encourage Perseverance in the Age of Instant Gratification

I want you to think back, far back into your childhood. You were in the ninth grade and had to produce a research paper on cells. You had paid attention in class, but not well enough to earn a decent grade without doing some heavy reading on the side. So two weeks before the paper was due, you mapped out everything you would need to accomplish each night in order to finish the paper in time.

Your parents dusted off the “C” book in the family’s Encyclopedia Britannica collection and you read. Then you reread, because the Encyclopedia Britannica wasn’t exactly gripping. While trying to decipher the language of the text, you handwrote phrases and copied quotes on index cards. ...

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