Recently I've been doing a lot of mentoring in schools, and this new generation is utterly obsessed with grades. I have an embarrassing secret: I was an awful student in high school. I was routinely kicked out of class for insubordination, I never studied, and my academic performance scandalized my family.
I know many colleagues and friends won't believe this or will think I'm exaggerating, but my actual high school report cards — with many C's, D's and (gasp) even a few F's — show this is no hyperbole. If you squint on the A's, you'll make out the words "physical education" and "photography."
Let's pause while my mom recovers from her flashback.
Although I shaped up in college, for years everyone thought I had no future because of my grades. In retrospect, I was doing very entrepreneurial things that would help me build and sell companies; they just weren't reflected on my report card.
Here's a list of success traits for students who feel like they aren't making the grade — you may indeed have what it takes to become an entrepreneur.