There is a common opinion that if you study hard and graduate with a “A Grades,” it will guarantee you will find a great job that pays well. The reality is different. Although, most positions require you to have qualifications, often the grades are ignored. So why is it that students that could barely get their “C” in their exams also manage to become successful?
And just to point out, this isn’t to discourage you from getting the best grades you can, its simply to point out that nothing other than yourself can stop you from becoming what you want to be.
Understand what you want.
World famous innovator and entrepreneur Steve Jobs never finished college, he made it to the top of IT industry, because he was focused on doing what he wanted to do. During his famous speech to Stanford graduates he emphasised that …
“The only way to succeed, is to love what you do. Keep looking, don’t settle”
Get first-hand experience.
Most “C” students start working earlier than their peers, in this, gain priceless industry experience. It is well known that with experience you are more likely to be hired.
Knowing people, and people knowing you, as well as the ability to communicate can make a difference in your career. Network, network, network.
Enjoy life, Love your work, Have passion
Happy people are more successful than those who are not. It happens because they are fun to be around, proactive team players. Stressful, negative people, no matter how intelligent they are won’t be in the top list of candidates.
Find the simplest of solutions.
Billionaire computer specialist Bill Gates is one of the many successful people who cannot show off with their exam grades. Nevertheless, he managed to get to the top by building Microsoft. This is not encouragement to be lazy, its encouragement to do something that you are passionate about and make a direct route for it.
Follow your dreams.
Much of success comes from loving what you do. When at school you may have no idea at the tender age of selection what you might want to do or be. When you enter college you are still very young and might not understand what you actually need.
That’s why it is important to understand that you are not obliged to follow the choice you made when you were 16 or indeed older, it’s never too late to change to retrain or to do something you love.
Have and focus on other interests
Don’t feel the need to learn only what teachers tell you to learn. Most successful people, when they find something that interests them, put their all into it, there is so much to learn outside of standard schooling.
Grades don’t predict your success, it’s the fire inside you that does and to evidence this I give you; former President George W. Bush, love him or hate him, a true advocate that grades do not dictate the rest of your existence, and life is full of limitless possibilities.
Be self defined, not defined by the grade you did or didn’t get at school or college, life starts when you want it too. In conclusion A grades are not the only grades to achieve for success!