It is that time of year again… EXAM Results!Having spent a lot of time for the last few years working with exam year groups on staying calm and focused to help them improve their results for the exams. But so often we forget that the stress isn’t over when we finish our exams. For many people it is just beginning. Some people are fortunate enough to be able to walk out and forget all about their exams until they collect the results. Others will have worried for weeks and will now either be breathing a sigh of relief or panicking about what the future holds.
Is there really a reason to worry?
Has anyone you know ever died from getting a D instead of a C in their exams? No (I know it’s a level 3 instead of a level 4 – why we have to change things again I’m not sure!) Has anyone ever failed their exams completely and still made a huge success of their life? Of course they have.
Quick list:Richard Branson dropped out of school at 16. Jim Carey dropped out of school at 16 to get a job. Katy Perry dropped out of school in freshman year (Y10 in the UK). Simon Cowell only got one O level. Debra Meadon left school before she sat her A levels.
Did these people let a lack of certificates prevent them from being successful?Of course not! Because as valuable as education can be it can never teach us everything, and the education systems that we have just don’t suit some people – no matter how intelligent they are, or how gifted they are.
Einstein (who incidentally dropped out of school at 15 years old and then failed his entrance exams for polytechnic!) said; “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” What more do we need other than to be determined, to find a way, to be creative, imaginative and passionate?