Matric Results: Embrace Failure

2015-01-05 05:34

I would like to wish the matric class of 2014 all the best as they embark on their careers and life “outside school.” Please make wise choices and be responsible citizens.

If your child has underperformed, please do not compare them to other kids. Passing matric only means that your child is eligible for selection into an institution of higher learning and is only a gateway. It is not the final ingredient of success or a guarantee to a degree and prosperity.

Parents should be supportive, show compassion and not remind children of their mistakes, let-downs and failures. If needs be refer your child to a psychologist or registered counsellor as they are trained to handle the emotional and physiological pain the pupil might be facing.

You are not a failure if your results are not as expected or you have failed; it purely means learn from your errors and see it as a learning curve, be more diligent and figure out another approach to succeed.

It is not the end of your career or life if you cannot enter university, consider an alternative to the traditional career path or try other options like registering for supplementary exams, try seeking a job or learn a trade like plumbing, dress designing, motor mechanic or electrical. There is no guarantee that a university degree will definitely improve the quality of one’s life?

Why not take up entrepreneurship and business as a career option. We really do need more entrepreneurs for the development of our country and to reduce unemployment and poverty levels.

Hang in there. Do not to throw in the towel, as a second and even a third opportunity is always available. There is no single formula to success. Embrace failure, move past disappointment and keep going.

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