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“A” Students teach, “B” Students end up working for “C” Students

Posted by on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

“A” Students teach, “B” Students end up working for “C” Students.

I heard this slogan when I was in 5th grade. I was in "gate" class, a gifted program but never really paid attention to my grades and what they meant. I just did my best in between daydreams and insecurities about myself and afraid that people were staring at me in class.

19 years later, I'm in my late 20s and I still remember this slogan and I realize it's true. Many people who own businesses or are the top money makers are not straight A students. They are your average "C" students who don't want to spend hours every day studying for a school test. It's not that they are not smart, it's because their priorities are different than the "A" students. However, they do still value the gift of education and probably retain a lot of that information that they learned several years later. 

"C" students are used to taking short cuts and cramming readings last minute for a test the next day. In reality, a lot of times (especially in business) you get short, last minute business projects that require someone to jump on their feet and tackle the tasks immediately. "C" students are more used to that and not so much typical "A" students as they are used to preparing a head of time.

When I was in middle school, I earned a special reward for being #1 in class in 8th grade for having the highest grades. I always had straight A's. I never had a B.

When I was in high school, I was always on the honor roll and my GPA was never lower than a 3.8.

BUT then, when I went to college, I became  a "C" average student because I was not only going to school full time, I was also working 30 hours a week to pay for my bills. I refused to take out student loans. So you see, I had to focus a lot of my time outside of studying to survive in the real world and by the time I graduated from SDSU, I was used to multi-tasking, working under pressure and dealing with difficult peers in a workplace. It wasn't that I wasn't capable of getting "A"s, I just had other priorities too, like earning enough to buy food.

So now when I hear,

“A” Students teach, “B” Students end up working for “C” Students

it makes me feel so much better about how busy I was in college. I really do hope I own a lucrative business one day. The key word is "lucrative".

Statistics have demonstrated this so let's continue to prove it.

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