Great article in the Sept. 10 issue of Maclean’s on why C+ students end up running the world (Do Grades Really Matter?).
"Creative thinkers, the kind who transform how we see things, have characteristics such as curiosity, appetite for risk and an open mind," says reporter Sarah Scott. These students aren’t so good at being told what to do.
"So a student might be bored and unmotivated in class, but then, once he discovers something that fires him up, works so hard that he becomes a resounding success."
So there’s hope yet for all us students who never really shone in high school and who were continually told we’d get better grades if we did a better job of applying ourselves.
Last word to Hamilton’s own entrepreneur Bob Young. "As for those of us who didn’t figure out how the system works, we became bank robbers or entrepreneurs. That’s what makes a lot of us poor students into successful people. Typically, our success does not come from working within the system. It comes from reinventing the system."