One of the interesting things I have discovered in my XX number of years as a teacher and school principal is that everyone is good at something.


Some people are good at particular school subjects, some are good at sport, some make great actors or excellent speakers; some people know how to get on with others; some have a great sense of humor; some are good at making things; some are good listeners; some make good friends.


Every single person has something worthwhile to contribute and it is very important that you never let others 'put you down'. There are hundreds of examples of people in the world who have believed what others have said about them, and failed; there are just as many who have refused to be influenced by the opinions of others, and been successful.


The brilliant scientist and inventor, Thomas Edison, is a good example of this.


He was thrown out of school when he was 12 because he was thought to be dumb. He was noted to be terrible at mathematics, unable to focus, and had difficulty with words and speech. It was very clear, however, that Thomas Edison was an extremely intelligent student, and he refused to allow the things said by his teachers to stop him from doing what he wanted to do.


He was an extremely hard worker, sometimes working twenty hours a day and his hard work was rewarded as he patented 1093 inventions in his life time, the largest number on record. He is generally thought to have invented the light bulb.


Another famous achiever, who refused to be discouraged by failure, is night show host, Jay Leno.  Leno is mildly dyslexic, and he did not do very well in school, getting mainly C’s and D’s.  However, he was determined to accomplish his goals. When he was told by the admission’s officer at Emerson College in Boston that he was not a good candidate for the university, he sat outside the admission officer’s office 12 hours a day 5 days a week until he was accepted into the University. He was determined not to give up; despite the fact that others thought he did not have enough talent.


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