Ultimate Dichotomy– C student is Better Than A student, B student Not Relevant: School Grading System Sucks…

Have you ever had ‘bad’ grade in school? People obviously have different opinions about what defines ‘bad’ grade… According Trevor; for some people C’ is okay, for others ‘C’ is ‘bad’ grade… and society considers ‘A’ students smarter than ‘C’ students…Thus, ‘A’ students get high praise, attention… and ‘C’ students are usually ignored… 

But are grades a good indicator of a student’s probability for success in business? Everyone makes big deal about grades, and students that get bad grades are often looked down-on, as losers… But there are other people who believe that students who get bad grades, or drop-outs… are really the smart ones.

These are students who, for variety of reasons, get fed-up with traditional schooling and the– useless, unnecessary, garbage information that they are forced to learn, memorize…

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There are thousands of people from all walks of life who have succeed and who are– drop-outs or low-grade performers… and considered ‘big losers’, since they did poorly in traditional schooling… These are people who learned, succeeded through non-traditional education, e.g.; consider the following short list of traditional schooling drop-outs or low-grade performers: Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, John Mackey, Thomas Edison, George Washington, James H. Clark, Jack Kent Cooke, Simon Cowell, Henry Ford, Soichiro Honda, Ray Kroc, John D. Rockefeller, Vidal Sassoon, Vincent van Gogh, William Faulkner, Herman Melville, William Shakespeare, Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, George W. Bush, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Winston Churchill (bottom of class)Maybe being a ‘big loser’ isn’t so bad!

In the article ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students, ‘B’ Students Work for Government by Robert T. Kiyosaki writes: The traditional school system was created to churn out good ‘Es’ (employees)… these are the ‘A’ students’ who read well, memorize well test well. But typically not the creative thinkers, visionaries, dreamers, entrepreneurs-in-the-making… the entrepreneurs are typically the drop-out, or ‘C’ students… who become the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications, products… Hence, educators and parents should not obsess with ‘letter grades’ and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping students to find their true genius, their special gift…

There are many success stories of ‘C’ students who become phenomenal successes, and then, in-turn, ‘hire’ the ‘A’ students (i.e., attorneys, accountants, other school-smart specialists) to work in their businesses. While the ‘B’ students, often find themselves in government-type jobs… In the ever-changing digital age– the ability to change and adapt, to understand relationships, to anticipate the future… are the values that are shaping the success profile of the next generation… not the– grading system used in traditional schooling…

In the article ‘C’ Students Usually End-Up Being Most Successful by John Haltiwanger writes: Simply put, while receiving an education in some form or another is important, there is no single path to greatness… According to Neil deGrasse Tyson; school grades rapidly becomes irrelevant in business (and life)… Intelligence is subjective, and grades and academic achievement is not always a proper way to measure either intelligence or probability for success… Success as a student is largely dependent on a person’s ability to operate within a traditional system, which may not always be the best preparation for the real world… It’s person’s character, experiences, connections– not grades that ultimately determine a person’s success in business (and life)…

Success requires passion, perseverance, emotional intelligence and ability to understand the value of failure… This is precisely why so many ‘C’ students, people who you would not necessarily expect, build major businesses, conceive of life changing innovation, run major institutions…. These ‘C’ students understand what it means to struggle– often overcome more obstacles– but many of them preserver, succeed… This is not to say that getting ‘poor’ grades guarantees success, but getting ‘good’ grades doesn’t guarantees success either…

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In the article Reasons Why ‘C’ Students Dominate the Web by Marcus Sheridan writes: ‘C’ students ‘hustle’ ‘hustle’ is a trait that is highly underrated today. Hustlers are relentless; they– push, pull, scheme… they do whatever is required to get a successful result… they are relentless, e.g.:

  • ‘C’ students don’t stay within the lines: Creativity is the name of the game in the Internet… Whereas the ‘A’ student often needs a checklist and nice, step-by-step guide to complete tasks, ‘C’ student looks to clear their own path and blaze a new trail. Sure, sometimes the trail blows-up in their face, but it’s also what creates new discoveries mixed with greatness…
  • ‘C’ students don’t care how ‘Daddy’ did it: This may sound insensitive, but Daddy did it by following the traditional path with a nice pay-check every week… In digital age things are much different– it’s an ever-increasing, fast pace environment where the key factors are; agility, adaptability… not ‘gold’ watch on retirement…
  • ‘C’ students don’t check direction of wind: They usually are free-spirits, they often just go with it… and make adjustments later…
  • ‘C’ students don’t care if everything is just right: Everything need not be perfect… Embrace imperfection– run with it and fix on the fly… it’s stuff all champion do…
  • ‘C’ students aren’t afraid to get a bad grade: For some folks, the word ‘fail’ is debilitating; for others, it holds little significance– there is always next test, next opportunity, next project…

In the article Growing Body of Evidence Suggests Grades Don’t Predict Success by Sarah Scott writes: Yes, there is hope for ‘C’ student… According to Michael Thompson; school is place where former ‘A’ students teach mostly ‘B’ students to work for ‘C’ students. This may be an over-generalization, but it has more truth than educators are comfortable with… There are innumerable examples of poor students who changed the world, or made a pile of money. According to David McClelland; successful people are driven by three needs: first, ‘individual achievement’, e.g.; to start a business, or make a million dollars, or win a Nobel Prize… second,’relationships’… third, ‘power’…

It’s neither smartest nor the strongest who survive… According to Martin Jackson; the ‘metrics’ of smart and strong even when combined in one person, does not guarantee ‘success’… and creativity by itself is just that, by itself… According to Rena Subotnik; if a person wants greatness then IQ is clearly not sufficient… they also need– passion, purpose to succeed… a person must have the drive to become the very best they can be… Sometimes this kind of obsessive thinking leads to a person who can change the world… Ironically, many of these people are the– drop-outs or low-grade performers– the big loser…

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In fact, many school drop-outs are creative thinkers, the kind who launch businesses, transform institutions, innovate things… and they share many of same characteristics such as; curiosity, appetite for risk, open mind, obsessions…

Each person has varying degrees of these traits which fluctuate over time, but key factor for– ‘survivability’ and ‘success’ is ‘adaptability’– the ability to ‘change’. The winners in the real world are not ranked by ‘school grades’ but by their– passion, purpose, abilities… to succeed.

If you are ‘A’ student and have all the necessary qualities, then you will do just fine. If you don’t, then it’s highly likely that some else will… including; those who are– ‘C’ students…