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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Success is not measured in numbers or grades...

It's not measured in numbers or grades. Not really.
They're something tangible I suppose, but so often they're awarded in accordance to a very specific set of parameters.
A lecturer once said to me how nice it would be to not be awarded a grade at the end; to simply be permitted to enjoy, or endure, the journey; to reach the end and look back on the morsels of knowledge that were unlocked along the way.
And I agree.
For those individual morsels have a habit of drawing together at the close, fitting together as if this were the plan all along.
They form a sphere of new information, things learnt about yourself, things learnt about others, new ways of thinking, that proceed to orbit around you.
You are the planet and it is your moon.
And it will stay with you. 
It may drift further away, or perhaps one day it may collide with new moons you acquire throughout the years.
But it will always be part of your story.
Leaving traces behind, even if it isn't destined to stay with you in its entirety forever. 
And the things you learnt will outweigh a grade awarded on a particular day, under those specific circumstances.
Because they can't see the things that have become a part of you on the journey.
Celebrate or commiserate in the moment.
But know that moment does not have to be forever.

You are the planet. You have captured your moon. And this is part of your story.
Treasure your knowledge. Your abilities. Your life lessons. Your thought processes. 
And it will be okay. Everything will be okay.
There is always a path to your dreams.
If you believe, you can do anything.
And if you don't believe, or can't allow yourself to believe right now then that's okay too.
Because I believe in you.
And I'm rooting for you.

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P.S. Please welcome my 'All Aboard' partner for August, Loved by Laura
And please also say hello to Emilia Leigh and Laugh With Me Le Le


  1. YES. I feel like so much today is measured on grades and numbers, when actually they don't contribute to you as a person at all. They are not your intelligence, your kindness, your loves or your happiness.
    Jas } jaspooleblog.com

  2. I spent a lot of my teenage years in hospital so I came out with zero GCSE's. It's something that really bothers me, as employers seem obsessed with them, despite the fact that I've done other things at college since. You are right though. We shouldn't become bogged down by A's and B's and percentages. :) x

  3. So, so true. Perfectly written x

  4. This is stunning Jennie <3 beautifully written and definitely rings true. It's what we learn that really counts and not the result. And I believe in you! xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  5. This was such a lovely post and I agree entirely. There are some progressive schools who even apply this thinking to their educational system, which I think is great, but I have to wonder if it sadly ends up biting students in the butt later when they try to apply for colleges without grades.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  6. I have an entire page in my journal where I have just obsessively written "everything will be OK" because at 22 years old and with a bachelor's degree in political science, I am only now just discovering what I might want to do with my live, but with no idea how to get there. Everything will be ok. For you, for me, for all of us.

    xo, Becca

  7. Beautifully written as always Jennie! I was so worried when I had to drop out of university but really it was no big deal at all x

    Josie’s Journal

  8. This was such a beautiful way to articulate a much needed message, especially on a day results are released! Those numbers cease to mean anything the following year once you're working towards where you want to be, and I have honestly not spoken about my final year scores since the day I received a university offer. x


  9. I was watching a TED Talk and the speaker was saying how it's very damaging to students to praise them about how smart they are, because that implies that their success is innate. Rather, we should praise them about how hard they worked. That way, when they face challenges, they will be motivated to work harder, rather than believe it's just "not their thing." -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  10. I am who I am and numbers cannot change any of that.

  11. This is the most beautifully written blog post I've ever read. And I've never read anything truer, I think I would have reconsidered college and university if it meant that I didn't have to sit excessive amount of exams or recieve a grade. If only it was simply a place to learn about something we're passionate about.

    Thank you so much for writing this. xxxx


  12. Such beautiful, inspiring words Jennie!

    Tara x

  13. This is really beautiful Jennie, super inspiring and I love the message behind it Xx

  14. This is beautiful, Jennie.

    Again, I'm never on these parts as much as I'd like, and yet I always leave feeling slightly more open and positive. So much of what I've been thinking and feeling lately, about failure and my own interpretation of my lack of success is summed up and made sense of.

    I will forever miss the experience of studying, and as much as I know life and circumstances as they stand now can't take knowledge, or skill, or talent away from me, it's nice to be reminded in such a way that moments of self-doubt and anguish occur, but they need not define self perception.


  15. Such a beautiful post
    And it's totally true, success not define by numbers etc. But it's from yourself :)

    Extraordinary Diary

  16. Came here through Josie's post.

    Wow this post made me feel so many goosebumps, the good kind. This is so good and so poetic and so well-written. I always feel like the one thing holding me back is the excuses I put and the scary numbers. But, in the end, it's not numbers.

    Thank you for this x

    Cristina, xo // My Cup of Tea

  17. Wonderful post - just shared this to a few people who are struggling with this a bit.

    Lizzie Dripping

  18. My partner left school with only a handful of GCSEs as she was going through a bit of a tough time family-wise at 15/16 years old.

    It's something that has bothered her ever since, especially as, like some have mentioned above, certain employers won't even consider you unless you have 'x' amount of GCSEs.

    She has done so much since High School and has accomplished so many amazing things and it saddens me that she looks down on herself because, at one time, she didn't write the correct answers on a piece of paper nearly 12 years ago.

    I really agree that we shouldn't become bogged down with marks and percentages because they really are not a true reflection on a person's character and abilities. X


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