The professor stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biology students, about to pass out the final exam. “I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have all worked to prepare for this test. I also know most of you are off to medical school or grad school next fall,” he said to them.

“I am well aware of how much pressure you are under to keep your GPAs up, and because I know you are all capable of understanding this material, I am prepared to offer an automatic ‘B’ to anyone who would prefer not to take the final.”

The relief was audible as a number of students jumped up to thank the professor and departed from class. The professor looked at the handful of students who remained, and offered again, “Any other takers? This is your last opportunity.” One more student decided to go.

Seven students remained. The professor closed the door and took attendance. Then he handed out the final exam.

There were two sentences typed on the paper: “Congratulations, you have just received an ‘A’ in this class. Keep believing in yourself.”

Source | Harvey Mackay, The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World
(Portfolio, 2013 ) Chapter 2, Believe in Yourself


The same is true for students of real life. The A students are those who believe in what they are doing because they have learned from successes and failures. They have absorbed life’s lessons, whether from formal education or the school of hard knocks, and become better people.

Believe in yourself, even when no one else does.


Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

3 thoughts on “BELIEVE IN YOURSELF”

  1. Basically Same thing happened to me in high school.
    Teacher asked for VOLUNTEERS to put up a MATH BULLETIN board every month during the year in his classroom?
    ( HOW EXCITING IS THAT, A MATH BULLETIN BOARD, LOL). A few of us looked around , nobody was raising their hand! I thought, oh go ahead Connie, maybe you ‘ll actually LEARN SOMETHING! LOL)
    A few minutes passed, he’s patiently looking around ( silent).
    OK, I raised my hand and about 3 other people. ( geeks, LOL)
    He then said to the class, since you’ve volunteered, each semester you will receive one grade level up from your class grade, for example, I made B’s in geometry; he gave me an A!
    I found geometry hard to grasp ( compared to Algebra), but THIS WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE!


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