I Found My Class 7 Report Card today and realized that it is just a piece of paper now.
The other day, I was going through my old school stuff, and as I was doing that, I boarded a train of nostalgia. My drawing books, geometry box with only two of the triangular rulers in there, which we never use it, some notebooks and my Class 7 report card; all of them were there. And I still remember what my Science teacher said after the results were declared and I quote – “After ten years, nobody is going to ask you how much you scored in your Class 7 or 10 exams. What will they ask is how much do you earn? or what are you doing in life? So, life is much more than just scoring marks in an exam.
You will know as you live it.” And that is exactly what happens. Nobody cares what marks you scored in your board exams when you are paying your EMI.
They vanish because life starts giving you results in a different way. There are many more obstacles to come your way and each one will be bigger than before but once you dodge it, you will realize how much stronger it has made you.
You get vacation in schools, in real life there is no vacation in current time.
You get results after learning in schools, in real life you get results first and learn second.
In life, none ask you for degrees or certification or diplomas.
Hardcore, performance is the proof of your capacity and capability.
Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
If you agree, pass it on. If you can read this – Thank a teacher
So today, those report cards are just a piece of papers covered in dust, but the memories lived and lessons taught do remain with us forever. 🙂