You are both a father or mother fearful about your kid’s future, a teenager in school anxiously hoping that you have finished nicely in your exams, or a teenager who within reason certain that you have not. Or you could be an individual who did not do nicely in school and is curious as to what this text is about.
Whoever you’re take a deep breath and realise that what occurs within the subsequent few weeks doesn’t outline a whole lifetime, or what occurred at school needn’t proceed to outline you.
Let me let you know a little bit about me. I liked college and I at all times did very nicely in topics I liked and really badly in these I did not. That did not hassle me as a result of I by no means wasted time on something that I did not like, as a substitute placing all my energies into the issues I knew can be vital to me.
Nonetheless, when it got here to my 14th 12 months issues modified. Exams reared their ugly heads and, to me, the adults round me misplaced their minds. All of a sudden I am being lectured from all sides about how, if I do not do nicely in my exams, I’ll spend the remainder of my life as a loser.
As a result of I used to be an excellent pupil my dad and mom had enormous expectations of me, the college had even greater ones, and there I used to be making an attempt to cope with an emotionally tough residence life, rising up into a lady, and in addition deal with this silly stress which to me was, and nonetheless is, fully pointless. To be sincere I folded JSC Result.
I did not do nicely in my exams, the truth is I dropped grades on all however the one topic that I could not probably fail – English. My dad and mom had been so disgusted they took me out of college with out a first rate examination outcome to my title, and put me into my first low-paid job. I spent the subsequent 24 years doing work that bored me stiff and paid me badly, making an attempt desperately to guard my sanity. In case you had instructed me then that my ‘failure’ in school had ruined my whole life I’d in all probability have agreed. I do not now. In reality I completely disagree.
At 39 I went again to college and achieved 2 levels, one in historical past and one in pc science. I even have a Diploma and a number of other certificates to my title. Plus I’m a retired black belt, and if you happen to knew me you’ll know that it was nothing in need of a miracle that I achieved that dream.
I now do work that I really like, I command first rate cash, and I printed my first e-book in February. A e-book that’s serving to folks to respect themselves and get their lives again on observe. I’ve self-confidence, self-respect, and an incredible life. What occurred in school means completely nothing to me, and does not even come near defining what I’ve turn out to be within the final 43 years.