Thursday, July 24, 2014

Go for the A

Today I heard a story* about a professor administering a final exam. He started by saying the class did so well during the year that he wanted to give them the option to skip the final. Those skipping would receive a C. About half of the class volunteered for the C option and left without having to take the final.  The professor handed out the final to the remaining students, placing it on their desks face down. He went back to the front of the classroom, thanked the students for staying and being willing to put in the hard work of taking the final exam. He noted their drive would get them far in life and he was excited about the possibilities in their future. He then sat down so they could take the exam. When the students turned over their tests, it said, “Congratulations. You just made an A.”

The point of the story was that life and the achievement of your goals is hard. Do the work. Go for the A. Don’t ever settle for the C (read: average, status quo, good enough). Make up your mind that good enough has been good enough for long enough and go for your dreams.  

The message spoke loudly to me. I feel like there are many things in my life that I am working on that don’t fit into the dream I have for my life. I’m letting the things I settle for take up most of my time and leaving very little time to work on my dream s. There’s nothing wrong with occupying a temporary space in your life but if it’s not your dream, there is no time to rest on your laurels. You have to keep moving and not let the temporary things distract you from working towards your goals.  Life isn’t meant to be good enough. We’re meant to be happy and no one has ever been happy after settling. Here’s to going for the A. 

* Story was told by Joel Osteen. 

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