Friday, March 2, 2007

Funding an Education using the S.E.C.R.E.T. Method, Part 1

I’ve been writing a book entitled, The S.E.C.R.E.T. Method to Winning the Scholarship Game: New Technologies to Go to College with Little or No Debt. I have been running seminars since 1996, helping everyone from single moms to high school students find a way to pay for college

I wrote a column in August 2005, and what follows in the next few days are excerpts from that column along with updated information.

I created the S.E.C.R.E.T. method—Selective Efforts Create Rapid Effects Tomorrow—to replace FEAR—False Expectations Appearing Real.

Here are a few steps to help your research:

1. Make a commitment of 90-180 hours in the coming year to spend on your search.

This sounds like a lot of time, but if you watched one hour of TV last week, you spent 20 minutes watching commercials.

15 minutes a day equals about 90 hours a year; 30 minutes a day equals about 180 hours. If you commit yourself to such a plan, spend at least 15 minutes a day. If you skip a day, do not beat yourself up; commit to resume the next day.

Also, small steps are important to make change a habit. If you can’t commit 15 minutes, commit a minute to thinking of ways to search for scholarships. Write down your ideas. Next week, begin to implement some of those ideas. Make a phone call. Type in an internet address. Begin to fill out the form at Make the commitment of spending one minute this week, two minutes the next week, and so on.

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