I used to be like the man who jumped on his horse and rode off in every direction.

Maybe you are, too.

It’s okay.  School actually teaches us to do this.  School teaches us to be distracted.   School doesn’t like what Cal Newport calls Deep Work.

Think about it.   We are learning about history and then, the bell rings.  Time for biology!

Then, just when we are getting interested in biology, the bell rings.  Time for English!

And, so it goes.

I am convinced school actually teaches us to be distracted.

To make it online, you are going to need to focus on one thing.   At least for a while.

You are going to need to commit.  You are going to become an expert in one thing.

Long before Visual Latin and long before I began teaching online, I decided to master Latin.  I wasn’t really sure how I was going to use this skill, but I committed to master it anyway.

Think of the Count of Monte Cristo.  He wanted one thing.   He wanted out of prison.  He had one tool.   He used that one tool and his commitment to one goal to get out.

You can do the same.

You can decide to commit to one thing.  You can decide to master that one thing.  Maybe you already have.  If so, you are ahead of the class.  If you haven’t mastered one thing, decide today.  Commit.  You may have to commit for a while.

I was not an overnight success, and there’s a good chance you won’t be either.  That’s okay.   Get rich quick schemes often end in disaster.

Think about the one think, the one “tool” you may be able to use to start teaching online.