Why School Grades Mean Nothing

Why School Grades Mean Nothing

I barely graduated high school.

I actually loved high school, but it wasn’t the education part I liked. I loved the community.

Exhibit A of my academic non-prowess: I made a D in Algebra, which I’m pretty sure is mathematically impossible when all your test grades are F’s.(But maybe I’m wrong, math does confuse me.)

I’m certain I only passed because Mr. Boesel liked me.

I realized around 11th grade that to get out of high school I’d need to adjust some things. So I got permission to get out of Math and Science classes and study music.

My guidance counselor vehemently objected. But I guess after looking at my grades she figured that was my only hope, so she let me out of the hard classes. But she made it clear I’d never get into college doing what I was doing.

So I gave up on the college idea.

Eventually I discovered I could actually get into college. (They’ll let anyone in if you can pay tuition.) Three years after graduating high school, I started at a university.

Guess what? I rocked it. I made really good grades. It wasn’t a 4.0, mostly because I was working forty hours per week, playing in several bands and taking 15+ hours of school. But I did well.

Then a few years later I got a Master’s Degree. I made straight A’s in my Master’s level courses.

So what happened? Did I get smarter? Not likely.

In college I had a vision for what I was going to do with my life. I had a goal, so I had direction. In high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I didn’t see any point in what I was learning.

It comes down to vision.

Everybody ends up somewhere in life. Some people get there on purpose. Those people who arrive where they intended had some sort of vision guiding them to that place.

I’m convinced that you can’t live an extraordinary life on accident. You need to have a compelling vision that helps you push through the mundane times of training and prepares you for the future you want.

King Solomon said it best, “Where there is no vision the people cast off restraint.” (Pr. 29:18)

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. But when you have a vision, even if it’s just a simple idea of what you want the future to look like, you’ll do what it takes to push through resistance and move toward your goal.

You aren’t here by accident and no matter how you did in school, you aren’t dumb. You just need vision and you’ll find you are more creative than you ever could have imagined.