Here’s another trait you’ll notice about students—and adults—who are successful at getting where they want to end up. They go first.
They don’t wait for someone to ask. They don’t wait until it’s broken, or someone’s upset, or until there’s just no option left but to finally do something. They just step up and go. First.
Raise your hand. Reach out. Offer to help. Volunteer. Fix or change or improve something. Step in. Take responsibility. Make the choice to go first before that choice is taken away.
You can call it showing initiative, being proactive, leading, etc. But it almost always boils down to just going first.
Best of all, anyone—from the A student to the C student—can do it.
You can even start today. Go first.