Welcome to the Launch Party for 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Guide. For the next month, I’ll be featuring advice from authors, parents and kids – all answering one simple question:

Today I am featuring BETH REVIS

Beth Revis lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is her first novel. She is also a member of The League of Extraordinary Writers.

 Take it away Beth:

If I could tell a kid anything, it would be that school isn’t everything. Whether you succeed, whether you don’t–the more important thing is to discover who and what you want to be. Which sounds cheesy. But when I was a kid, all I wanted to do was graduate (with honors) so I could get a scholarship (with honors) and then go to college and get my degree (with honors). But you know what? Honors mean jack. The real value of school wasn’t the degree, the honors, or anything on a report card. The value was in finding out the things I loved–like writing–and discovering more about things I didn’t love, like math and science, but that I needed anyway.
On the flip side, I had many students who looked at school the complete opposite way as me–they couldn’t wait to be out of it. And when I was a teacher, I was guilty of telling some of them, “just pass this test so you can graduate.” I wish I could snatch those words back and tell the kid that while graduation does help one in life, it’s not the goal. It was never the goal.

Thanks Beth!

Want to share your own advice for kids? Leave it in the comments or snatch the jpg and do your own post. I’ll be doing giveaways on Fridays throughout the month, giving various book swag prizes. So leave a comment and let me know if you do your own post!

For more great advice for kids, be sure to check out 101 Success Secrets for Kids – featuring advice from me and hundreds of kids about school, friends, family and life.  The book features tip sheets, quizzes, and fun crafts all designed to help kids embrace life and live to their potential. Available from Prufrock Press, Amazon and booksellers everywhere.

 Come back for more advice from Michelle Zink and many many others! And be sure to check out those who have been playing along on their own blogs:


8 thoughts on “NYT Bestseller Author Beth Revis talks to kids…

  1. Awesome words of advice. It’s funny how school is your life for so long, but once you’re out, nobody asks to see that amazing degree you spent every waking moment working toward. There’s so much more to it than that. Thanks, Beth.

  2. That’s wonderful advice, Beth! I know I’ve been guilty of making it seem as if school is the end goal in and of itself. But really, school is just a tool. A means of discovery.

    Loving this series already, Christine!

  3. I am reading a very interesting UK book about giftedness — though it’s more a longitudinal study than advice or tips for teachers but it is riveting reading. I put it in my cvurrent blog

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