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February 1, 2014

A Word of Advice: Don't get mad, get even


Oftentimes things achievable in group organizations can be done better and more efficiently alone or in a group you assemble, and that in itself can be more impressive to others than simply tagging along to a big group event. 

Taking the initiative and starting your own groups and movements can be just as productive as joining a pre-existing one while showing your community that you can be a leader and take charge.

It’s important to note that “getting even” doesn’t directly translate to “getting revenge,” especially in personal conflicts. To get even with a person isn’t to harm him or her, but to better yourself to a point of being on a level above that person. All you can do in a person-to-person “defeat” is to continue making strides forward in your life’s progress and keep your head high and not to fall. “Success is the best revenge” is a good quote for this situation.

Failure is a prime motivator for people and always has been throughout history. Many people doubted the likes of Albert Einstein when he was a child, many saying there was no potential for him, but now he’s one of the most well-known names in all of history. So one battle lost is in no way indicative of the tide of war that is human life, and with that, I encourage you all to push on and take your losses as inspiration and not a sign to quit.

Austin Czechowski is a junior at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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