“Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They’re the ones who constantly ask, ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’ They’re not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom and they don’t disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better.”
Cycle o Disruption
I am a troublemaker with the best intentions.
In High School, you had to pass TWO separate English classes in order to graduate.
My marks in sciences, math and phys. ed were "average"...or maybe better. However, English dragged down my ENTIRE GPA.
Being a reckless kid and more focused on MAKING MONEY than school - I felt compelled to challenge my educators. To the point where I had a 40% average in this subject and needed a 90% or better on my final exam in order to pass AND graduate high school!
This is the problem with trying to "change the system"! My submitted homework actually ALWAYS received excellent grades - yet the "F" was awarded as the final mark since I "didn't follow the rules".
I would write complete essays on WHY I shouldn't have to write an essay. The teacher would give me "A" and "outstanding" but an "F" for not following correct protocols.
I was too busy PROVING my theories to pay attention and finally realize that I HAD TO follow societies rules or I would simply not earn the degree I needed.
This is how I really learned my first sales skills. I told the teacher that I would apply 100% effort to raise my marks and study and shut up and follow the rules. LISTEN!
I not only got EXACTLY 50% mark and graduated, I won an award for "most improved"! The teacher gave me the award at graduation and mentioned he didn't know how I pulled that one off.....I was so tempted to make a speech as I walked up to get my award to a standing ovation, but was quickly deterred by the principal to keep moving.
I soon realized by "not following the rules" that I had totally SCREWED my intentions of getting right into University. Bad planning meant my overall average was below 70% and in order to get into the classes I wanted, I would needed a higher average - it was ALL because of my 50% English class grade!