Are You A C Student? Congratulations!

There’s a new way of thinking about education, and that’s the value of being a C student. A C student? Isn’t that a bad thing? Not at all, and here’s why.

C students are not paying attention in class because they’ve already decided what they want to do. They’re planning how to make it happen. They’re working out ideas for inventions, startup businesses, artistic endeavors. They’re the dreamers who’ll ultimately succeed in life.

C students don’t waste time. They learn enough to pass, and then spend their time more productively on their future. They know that once the water is boiled, boiling it longer will not make it more boiled. So they don’t put more energy into things than is required; they’re efficient and focused.

C students know that perfectionism leads to procrastination and stifles production. They won’t waste time trying to get an A when a C will do. They’d rather learn from their mistakes and get results. This is frowned on in school, but key to success in life.

C students don’t buy into the academic model. They know there are many effective ways to learn. They see the flaws in the education system, and they’re not afraid to challenge the status quo.

These are all valuable attributes in today’s job market. Schools were originally designed to produce factory workers who would follow orders and not ask questions. But today, companies need creative thinkers and innovators. More than 1/3 of American workers are now freelancers, and it’s projected that by 2020, a billion people will be working from home. The economy is now entrepreneurial-driven.

Think of Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who all dropped out of college. It looks like nowadays C stands for challenge, creativity and career.

March 13, 2017

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