Former President George W. Bush in most (all) cases isn’t celebrated for his public speaking skills, but he made an important point while delivering a commencement address at a Southern Methodist University graduation :
He simply said:
To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’
And as I like to tell the C students: You too, can be president.
I enjoy anyone who can poke fun at themselves, and obviously he was making fun of himself for being a subpar student in his college days.
What he highlighted in those simple sentences was the fact that grade don’t dictate you, your future, or your potential – you have limitless possibilities regardless if you chose to party the night before your final or if you chose to pull three all-nighters studying beforehand.
Not only have some of our country’s leaders been below-average in regards to their GPA, but it’s no secret there are a number of ridiculously successful entrepreneurs who didn’t allow their academics deter them from blasting it out of the park and rising to the top.
Steve Jobs, for example, never finished college. The same is true for Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Likewise, the youngest female billionaire in the world, Elizabeth Holmes, who is revolutionizing medicine, dropped out of Stanford to pursue her dreams. Richard Branson suffered from dyslexia and dropped out of high school at the age of 15.
Simply put, while I do think receiving an education in some form or another is important – there is no single path toward greatness. So if you just graduated from high school or college and you didn’t finish with honors, don’t lose sleep over it.. Because while we learn a great deal in school, the real education occurs after you leave that little classroom.
Never give up and never stop learning.