So often we think that we should be instantly brilliant! (Far out – I know I just started trading last week, but how come I’m not raking in the millions yet? … Sound familiar?)
Think of Roald Dahl. He is arguably one of the most successful children’s authors in the world. He wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, among many other titles. In 1920, he went to boarding school. His reports in English weren’t great. Here is what some of them said:
Summer Term, 1930 (aged 14) – English Composition
“I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper.”
Easter Term, 1931 (aged 15) – English Composition
“A persistent muddler. Vocabulary negligible, sentences malconstructed.”
Summer Term, 1932 (aged 16) – English Composition
“This boy is an indolent and illiterate member of the class.”
If Roald Dahl could persist past the negative feedback of those around him to excel – why shouldn’t you?
Don’t give up before you’ve given yourself enough time to shine.