This one is for all you people who want to finish high school (or something) but are having deep, dark doubts…
Show me someone who says they finished every single task they ever started, and I’ll show you someone who’s being less than completely truthful.
The plain fact is that it is truly NEVER too late. I’ve taught a lot, and I’ve thought a lot… and experience is proof positive.
One friend of mine just went back recently to earn her high school diploma at age 30, and did extremely well. For example, she passed grade 12 algebra, with an A average… in barely 4 weeks! I was proud of her, and had told her throughout the process, repeatedly, that she could and would succeed. (She didn’t really need me to tell her… but maybe it helped to hear it from someone who’s completed a lot of school.)
What’s the difference between someone who failed, and someone who made it?
Answer: the second person got up, just one more time than they were knocked down. He or she simply refused to take “No” for a final answer. It goes like this:
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO YES
It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t quick. She had to juggle work, health problems, and doing schoolwork alone. (That last part is hard; there’s no regular classroom, so you have to motivate yourself. Not as easy as it sounds…)
One last thought, by the way: don’t ever listen to anyone who tells you things like this:
“You’re not good enough… you’ll never make it… you don’t have it…”
You see, the one primary difference is not innate talent; it’s determination. Both are important; determination is more important.
Frankly, successful people aren’t necessarily the smartest or most gifted. They just look that way… most of the time.
You know what they call the person who graduates last in the class in med school? “Doctor.”
So, if you remember nothing else from this lesson, then remember this:
NEVER GIVE UP!
If you still think you can’t do it, then drop me a line. I’ll make sure you see yourself in a whole new and better way.
Until next time,
Dr Paul 🙂