Which Personality Type Does Our Program Work Best For?
In 2018, we programmed a new feature that we should have done way back when we started in 2007. It’s a “Leaderboard” that us see exactly who is studying and how much.
After we programmed this feature, we called the people who had succeeded with our program up and talked with them. Now we know exactly the kind of person who is likely to have good success with our program.
Conscientiousness Predicts Language Learning Success Here
The people who have learned languages well with our program, all have a personality that is highly conscientious.
These are people who buy organizers and use them. They are people who often go five years and never miss a day of work. Their friends call them reliable and organized. Often, although not always, they have completed a graduate degree in a competitive field.
They are not “go with the flow” spur of the moment people. These people have staying power and discipline. They make plans and know how to keep them.
Examples of Our Best Students
Consistently at the top of our leaderboard is an anesthesiologist from Brooklyn who is learning Spanish. He absolutely never misses a day. Next on our list is Patrick Donovan, a lawyer from New South Wales Australia who is learning Japanese and he never misses a day either. We have another anesthesiologist in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Brian Barnett learning Russian very successfully.
One of our best customers is Les Jamison, who had a long career building power plants and he is as reliable as the power plants that he has helped build.
What do Our Success Stories Have in Common?
What these people have in common is a personality that makes them very disciplined. You don’t get through law school or med school without the natural ability to sit down and study complex things over a long period of time.
You don’t get to have a career building power plants without being a person who is just as reliable as the power plants he is building.
Conscientious People are Very Likely to Succeed With Our Program
What I now know from talking to my customers who are succeeding is this:
People who have a high level of achievement in any discipline that requires diligence over a long period of time are very likely to learn a language well with our program.
If you haven’t missed a day of work in the last five years, then I can confidently recommend our program to you. You are likely to be the kind of person who will make time for it and for whom it will work.
Who Should Not Buy Our Program
If you buy organizers and planners, but never use them, you are not likely to succeed with our program. If you are a go with the flow, do everything on the spur of the moment person, you are not likely to succeed with our program.
If you have no idea, what you will be doing tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. you are not likely to succeed with our program.
How to Succeed With Our Program if You Aren’t Naturally Conscientious?
If you don’t naturally have this personality trait, you will have to do something to have conscientiousness given to you.
Some people join the military because they know they have no internal sense of discipline and they want to be in an environment that supplies them with discipline, but you don’t have to go that far.
Fortunately, you can “buy” conscientiousness.
Buy Conscientiousness if You Don’t Naturally Have It
The problem of how to stay motivated to do projects that don’t have an immediate payoff has been well researched and there are websites that are in the business of helping you achieve long term goals like weight loss or language learning.
I also have sucessfully used a website called Stickk.com to set up a system that would make me lose money every day that I did not study. Another good option is the site called Beeminder.com.
I liked this system so much that we programmed our own version called Motivation Helper that is integrated into Language101.com. You can read more about Motivation Helper here.
Use Fear of Public Embarrassment to Stay Motivated
I am not naturally a super conscientious person, so when I wanted to learn Spanish in 2012, I set up a system where I was going to look very stupid to a lot of people if I failed. I made a video every Friday and posted it on my website and I also made short daily blog posts to document my progress. You can still watch the videos and read about it here.
That also worked perfectly for me. I did not miss a day of study for 8 weeks.
Why Patrick Is Learning Japanese so Consistently
Update: I just spoke with Patrick Donovan the lawyer from New South Wales Australia, who is being so consistent and successful with learning Japanese.
He said that he liked the idea of our Motivation Helper feature where you lose money every day that you don’t study and so he came up with something that is working even better for him than our system.
He Pays His Son $5.00 Every Day He Doesn’t Study
Patrick offered to pay his 12 year old son, $5.00 for every day that he didn’t study Japanese and asked his son to remind him to study. Now he doesn’t miss a day.
To keep his son motivated, he now pays his son $5.00 per week just for providing reminder service.
This is an even better solution than paying us, because his son is right there in his house and can remind him every day to study at the breakfast table!
Perhaps you can do something like this.
Try Our Free Demo
If you know you are highly conscientious, or if you have decided that you are going to buy conscientiousness somehow, then all you need to do to know if our program will work for you is to try our free demo for at least 30 minutes (more would be better) and see if you can remember what you learned.
Click on the flag of the language you want to learn to try our free demo now.