2 years and 262 days. Be the ant, and stick to the basics.

“There’s an old Finnish saying,” Holappa said. “Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily.” http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-joyful-illiterate-kindergartners-of-finland/408325/

“Some people are born ants—industrious and in possession of great willpower—while others are grasshoppers, living only for today.” http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/retirement-savings-dont-blame-people/408283/

My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

Be the ant. Effort and willpower are necessary conditions for success in life, not just in retirement. On the other hand, laziness and a weak mind are recipes for lifelong failure.

Willpower is important because even if you work hard, you will encounter failure from time to time. Sometimes you will fail through no fault of your own but due to circumstances beyond your control. Those who lack the willpower to stand back up and try again or try different will be doomed to remain failures. Those who work at it will eventually find success. See article about the number of times books submitted by now-famous authors were rejected and some of the unhelpful comments they received: https://schulerbooks.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/recent-article-30-famous-authors-whose-works-were-rejected-repeatedly-and-sometimes-rudely-by-publishers/.

Don’t forget to have fun!

All my love, always,
Dad

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