It might sound colloquial and stupid, but in reality, it can't be any more true. If you just walk into high school, college, your work place, your sport, your hobby, or whatever else that you do, and don't participate, and don't care, and make no friends, the you are going to have a real crappy time of it. If you go with charisma and charm, with a hunger to be somebody different and creative, then you will have great time doing whatever it is that you do.
It also ties into the old saying of if you do what you love to do as a job, then you will never work a day in your life. If you love what you do, and you put in all your effort into this one project, then you will succeed, and have a wonderful time. But if you are the type that doesn't feel that same way, you still might succeed, but it will not be as enjoyable.
The best example I can give to this is writing a paper, or doing a project last minute. I have fallen victim of this many times, and it is a very hard habit to break, especially in college. Now with me I write better the night before as now I can't procrastinate, and I must get it done. But you can still take your time and get the paper done, with a good probability of getting a good grade. If you rush a five page paper in a half-hour, and then never check it over, and barely spell the words right on the page, then chances are you are going to have mistakes on it, and even if you know the material covered in the course and the paper, you will most likely not get a good grade on it.
Now if you plan it out, work on it with breaks and rough drafts, and check it over, and have other people read it, then you will have a much better chance at an excellent grade. Now the other way my father says "This is you hand in shit, you get shit back."
Is this advice that you would want to live by? Is my father right by saying this?
Peace and Love,
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