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Marks or grades don?t define your real potential!
For some lucky chaps it's an extremely exhilarated time for celebration as they've scored better grades while for some broods it's a period of melancholy as their score cards are light weighted with inferior marks that is indicative of a distressing carrier path way.

Again after results the 'college hunt' 'stream selection' (Science, Arts or Commerce), selecting subjects, cut-off marks are some of the routine things for these kids that adds some more worry to their already anxious minds.

Undoubtedly it's a very transitional period of life which every school going kid goes through. Life at schools is sheltered and simple where as college life is vast and open as if sailing from river to a sea where the boat is your score card.

Our society is obsessed with high scores. It has for far too long placed an overpowering importance on good grades. If you're not getting the best marks, then you're not good enough...that's what the general mindset.

Why society only? Even our education system is also infatuated with good grades or marks. Branded colleges, institutions or best branches or streams always give preference to highly weighted report cards. That?s why some children who didn?t get the best ATAR have to compromise in terms of their choices of college, institution, streams or subjects of their liking which affects disturbingly their minds. It seems for them as if it's the start of learning about compromising choices!

But in reality there is nothing to worry about. Because marks or grades that one acquires in various exams just provide an allusion of one's capabilities or intelligence but they definitely don't define one's actual potential.

The real potent is accessed while one venture out in the biggest institution called ?Life?. Every tree has its space in the forest. So also everyone has its own place in life and own space in this world.

Academic success is not always a criterion for a person to rise and shine in his/her life. Had it been so, the iconic great-thinkers of our time like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs couldn't have been successful in enlisting their names into the golden pages of Modern History? They didn't necessarily get the best marks, but they had the entrepreneurial genius to think of life-changing technologies like Microsoft and the iPhone.

Succeeding in the classroom didn't lead Bill Gates or Steve Jobs to their wealth or status; it was their intelligence, hard work, positive attitude and the ability to chase their dream, follow their heart or gut instinct.

I would like to quote one example from my personal space. My niece (eldest daughter of my eldest brother) had scored first class (62%) in SSC in 2004 and a higher second class (less than 60%) in HSC (science) in 2006. Even in entrance exams she couldn't faired that well. So she had to settle for a private college with civil engineering. But during BE she did fairy well.

Then she qualified for BIT Mesra (Ranchi) for M.Tech. And to everybody's surprise she topped in her final year of structural engineering with 10 on 10 (100%) mark.

Now looking at her score in HSC or SSC anybody could have hardly imagined her success in later period of her career. Now she is working as an assistant professor at a private Engineering College with a handsome salary package. She is hard working so sky is the limit for her!!

Nothing is constant in life. Someone who doesn?t get great marks through school shouldn?t be automatically stereotyped as someone who will be unsuccessful.

May be academic performance is an indicator of some ?potential success in life? as it Paves way reasonably in a simpler manner to good jobs, good income making life happier and hassle free. It surely acts like a lubricant in a mechanical system performing motion - though you can still perform motion without it, but having it just makes your job much easier.

In reality academic performance is only one of many indicators of potential success in life because potential success is the ability to work hard, succeeding at the workplace and having a strong internal motivation and a constantly intuitive mind.

Comparison and doing or following what everybody else is doing at the cost of own individuality will never take anybody to a better place. Identify your own dreams, have the guts to follow it with your own available resources and at your own pace.

Do get into the race of life but at your own pace. Life is the best institution and it gives equal opportunity to everybody, no matter what score your report card possesses!

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