Around this time of year every GSCE and A level student is receiving some set of results. Good luck to you all, by the way.
I’m writing this post because there is a HUGE misconception when it comes to results.
Let me set the scene. Picture: myself and 3 of my very smart friends. We’re at our school, coming to collect our results. We are all A students.
I got 2As, 4Bs and 1C
I didn’t know whether to be happy or not. In general, those results are good but they are average. I’m not average. I never want to be average.
Now here is the misconception. I’m not angry/upset that I didn’t do better than other people, I’m sad that I didn’t do the best I could. In my mock exams, earlier in the year, I got 1A*, 1B and the rest all As. That proved I could do it. I’m upset with myself. I’m upset that I didn’t push myself. And the fact that other people were making me feel dumb and vunerable because of my result, make me feel worse. I think the best way for me to take this is to use it to inspire me to work harder; to prove to myself, as well as others, that I can do it.
I wrote this post because I was upset and feeling that I should give up on school but in the mist of writing this, I realised I can’t give up. I have to work hard. I remembered, I’m the person who always bragged that I wasn’t afraid of hard work.
I want people who haven’t had things go their way, to feel inspired and to carry on.
I know I will.
I saw a tweet today which said, **paraphrased**
“To people who didn’t get the result they wanted remember, Pitball rhymed “kodak” with “kodak” and he’s a millionaire so there’s hope for you.”
Obviously, no disrespect to Pitball. This just made me smile and I thought you would like it also.
Just remember, you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do, when you set your mind to it and try your hardest.
Don’t ever beat yourself up about it.
Live with no regrets.