Grades. Everyone thinks they're important. That's right, of course. Almost a quarter of your life is spent in school, which means studying, tests, and report cards. But maybe life is not all about that?
I've noticed that a lot of people are very very obsessed with their grades. I understand, because your school grades do pave the path for the future, and get you into universities and colleges and help you build your life. And good grades can bring up a lot of positive emotions, like pride, and satisfaction, and achievement. But do they really matter so much?
Your grades don't show how smart you are. I'm not saying that it's a good thing to get below average grades, but I just don't think they define you. Your math exam results don't reveal how intelligent you are. Your English essay grade does not determine your level of stupidity. All I'm saying is that you shouldn't put yourself down and make yourself feel bad and tell yourself that you are foolish or worthless just because you haven't achieved a high grade.
I mean, Albert Einstein failed high school. But he also discovered the theory of general relativity and went on to become one of the smartest people that have ever been alive. Steve Jobs was a highschool dropout. But he was also the founder of one of the richest companies in the world. Bill Gates, richest person in the world, wasn't very good at school either. Do you see where I'm going here? School marks may be important, but what is more important is what you do with them. These famous people didn't let their grades stop them. They went on to do amazing things.
And don't be so focused on your marks that you forget to live life. Keep it balanced. Make sure your life story is more than a bunch of report cards. Because that's not really worth much. And when you're old, sitting in your rocking chair and telling your grandchildren stories, you are not going to tell them about how great you were at school, right? You'll tell them about your adventures and experiences.
"Live like you're going to die tomorrow. Learn like you're going to live forever."
(I hope this didn't motivate anyone to NOT study)
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