End of Semester Burnout? Don't be like what's his name!


Hello fellow students!

I'm a pre-nursing student working on my pre-reqs. I've been reading lots of posts here on allnurses lately with a common theme: end of semester burnout, and debates about quitting.

Did you know that the difference between success and failure is usually only a 10% difference in effort?

A couple of decades ago, there was this skier. His name was...ummm... I forget. Let's call him "what's his name". In the Winter Olympics that year, the gold medal winner for a certain downhill event was a guy named "Jean-Claude Killie". The silver medal winner, was....you guessed it - "What's his name".

Jean-Claude beat the number two guy by 1/10 of a second.

The next year, Jean-Claude went on to earn 2 million dollars in product endorsements. That same year, the number two guy earned $30,000 as a ski instructor.

For those of you who are getting behind, or are just shy of a passing grade and want to give up, please think about this story. Sometimes just a little extra effort is all it takes to make the difference between success and failure.

Remember: the pain is temporary - the glory is forever.


612 Posts

Good advice and an inspiring story!


69 Posts

Awesome story and very motivational!!! :D

I suppose I should go study now! LOL:roll

Specializes in Critical Care, ER. Has 4 years experience.

This sounds suspiciously Tim Robins-esque...


Specializes in Adolescent Psych, PICU.

Thanks for the encouragement!



135 Posts

Hi Bluesky,

I'll agree that is does sound a lot like a T.R. tale.

By the time it reached me, it was coming from my pastor, though. It was the theme of that Sunday's sermon, titled: the "S" word. Not "sin", not "sex", but "success".

Life is all about choices, and action on those choices.

Okay, I'll zip it now.....

Specializes in School Nursing, Ambulatory Care, etc.. Has 13 years experience.

Okay, Okay! I can take a hint! I'll quit lurking the boards and go study now!!

:D :D :rolleyes: :D :D

road runner2003

147 Posts

I will remember this for next yr- and other yrs to come ! :D

Roadrunner - who is eager to hit the books in 2004 :cool: ;)

2005 Nurse

48 Posts

Awesome words in the final hours. I like everyone else am sweating my last A & P 2 test tommorow and the COMPREHENSIVE FINAL on Wednesday but I am going for it, maybe I will get an A for effort! :balloons: :balloons: :roll


135 Posts


I caught you on allnurses again, didn't I? Get back to the books!

maire, ASN, RN

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Specializes in Adult Med-Surg, Rehab, and Ambulatory Care. Has 18 years experience.

The moral of this story: finish school and you too can be making 2 million dollars in product endorsements!

Woot! Back to the books with me!


Seriously, great story, thanks for the motivation! :)


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Specializes in Medical/Surgical.

I needed that story. I have a lab and lecture final coming up in A&P I and it is so hard to stay motivated when all I want to do is go play in the snow. Now I feel ready to study :)

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