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Fotolia_54867638_XS_7“I was not a good student and I really thought I was pretty stupid.” ~Tommy Hilfiger

This comment from the fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger was originally quoted in the British newspaper The Times. He makes an interesting observation. Far too many people equate lack of success in their school and college years with poor future prospects. They assume that having few or no qualifications means that they are not very bright. They then assume that as they can’t be very bright they are only suitable for a series of low paid, low skilled jobs. If people simply accept that mindset then it can very easily translate into their reality. However it doesn’t have to be that way. Firstly finding it difficult to concentrate on your studies and/or lack of examination success does not mean you are stupid. Secondly there are many examples of successful people who were not successful at school. Richard Branson, Simon Cowell, and John Lennon, as well as Tommy Hilfiger, were not good students. All have been amazingly successful nevertheless. We are all unique and we can all make a valuable contribution to life. Find what you’re good at and engage in it with a sense of purpose and you will probably surprise yourself with just how successful you can become. Believe you can and you will; believe you can’t and you won’t. Don’t be the limit on your own horizon.

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