"If your A level results are disappointing, don't worry. I got a C and two Us, and I'm currently on a superyacht in the Mediterranian sea." - Jeremy Clarkson, a journalist, broadcaster, and writer.
The reason for bringing this story especially in the month of May is that it is the time when most of the school going students receive their results. At times good, at times haunting, the marks they get leave a huge impact on their mind, while this shouldn't at all be the case.
Richard Branson, Kate Moss, Steve Jobs, Brad Pitt, Mark Zuckerberg, Cindy Crawford, Chris Pratt, Bill Gates, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Aamir Khan. All these people have two things in common: One, they are damn successful and two, they're all dropouts.
But no, we won't discuss dropouts but academic level failures who later made it big in their life/profession.
Special Message: I hope this inspires the ones who scored lesser marks/failed in CBSE exams.
Having worked in successful comic movies like Delhi Belly and Go Goa Gone, Vir Das is a brand today. His company, Weirdass Comedy is already doing amazing. But, things were not as good for him back in his school days. Being a below average student, Vir saw his fair share of failures in school days.
He shared the following on Facebook, "Whether your results are amazing or not, doesn't prevent your personality from being amazing. At the end of each day of your life people remember who you are not how you did."
Back in 1995, Gopi scored a total of 200 in class X while he needed 210 to pass it. Just ten marks short of cutting through, Gopi did not let his failure come in his way towards his dreams.
Have you heard the song Titli from SRK and Deepika Padukone's Chennai Express? He was the voice behind it and later went on to win an IIFA award too. That level of success, wow!
Fun fact: He has given music in 70+ films.
Making it to the silver screen after having had troubles with her language and background, Kangana is surely an inspiration. When asked about what would she have done if not acting, she always replies saying she would have been a doctor because she also had registered herself for AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) that she never actually gave. But, to your surprise, she failed in a Chemistry exam when she was in Class XII.
By the way, her failure with understanding organic science did not stop her from being Queen of hearts.
Arjun's love for martial arts and football is known to everyone. But his failure in 12th board exams is still not that popular. So now you understand what matters and what doesn't?
If he has met Cristiano Ronaldo, he definitely has achieved a lot in life even after having failed at some written exam.
You'd laugh at me if I go on to introduce him. He has aged like an old wine (yes, I can compare a man to wine!) and is not ready to give up when it comes to doing many more movies and pulling a huge crowd to theatres.
Once during his teenage, he failed in his school exam and was very scared to show and get his report card signed. Now imagine, from there to learning martial arts to joining Bollywood to completing 27 years in the entertainment industry. Long long way!
Belonging to a backward and an illiterate farmers' family in a remote part of Wayanad, Kerala, PC Mustafa had seen very dark days during his childhood. He was extremely poor in studies and failed Class VI exams. Now, if a student fails in 6th standard, the society would not take six seconds to tag him as a failure who won't achieve anything in life.
But damn those people!
This guy here was scared that he'll also have to lead a farmer's life and hence decided to go out and do business. He installed a small sweets shop in his area and the profit he made assured him that he can make his dreams come true.
His first job was with Motorola in Bangalore. Later, the organisation deputed him to the UK on a long-term project. He then came back and pursued executive MBA from IIM-B, only to drop job offers and build ID Fresh Food to ensure people with the tastiest and easily cooked south Indian dishes.
The founder of ImagesBazaar did not have a very easy academic life. He saw a lot many troubles and failures before becoming a successful entrepreneur and then a motivational speaker, all his videos have million+ views and his following is stupendous.
This guy here is a gem who broke the Internet with his fresh jokes. I recommend you watch his videos whenever you feel low and I bet you'd come out happier and stronger than ever. But do you know that he was fired within first three months of job? He definitely passed out from a big college but his Facebook post about depression says something else,
"These things made me feel like a spectacular failure. I was depressed for a couple of years and I lost around 8 kgs. I was thin to begin with. Thankfully I had friends to support me throughout."
Married at 12, abused in her teenage by her husband, wanting to commit suicide and later getting the help from her uncle at the age of 16, this lady had one of the most troubled childhood anyone can possibly imagine. But later, from having started her own tailoring business to buying assets in Kamani Tubes, this lady achieved the impossible.
We salute her! She had a different kind of failures but it was important to tell her story.
He did not study in school after class X and one can't imagine such a resume to build something that attracts a thousand CVs daily, asking for a job. If you ever happen to watch his YouTube videos where he interacts with students and answer their questions, you'll become a fan of the way he solves everything with ease. Today, he also holds stakes in various industries including news, media, television, technology, education and more.
So whatever be your marks, life ahead would depend on a lot of other things. Nobody today cares about your marks as long as you're passionate about anything and can give everything to achieve it. So chill out because the exam of life is never dependent on such small things.
Build a character and enjoy the time of life.
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Bye buddies! Happy summers!