In elementary, junior high, and high school, Newlin brought home every book, from every class, every night, and studied from each whether he had an assignment or not. He set a minimum goal of 4 hours’ study per night, and achieved it.
He attended the University of Utah on a basketball scholarship, and as an English major. On his first day of class, he went to each professor and said, “I am an ‘A’ student. What do I have to do to get an ‘A’?” He set his sights high, and then did whatever he could to achieve his lofty goals. He became a Rhodes Scholar finalist and graduated with honors.
Today, Newlin continues to study and learn on a daily basis. His range of subjects, interests, and hobbies is so varied and in-depth that some call him a genius. Newlin’s response? “Genius is perseverance in disguise.” Become a genius, the Mike Newlin way.
From September 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com