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A Few Bad Grades

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
— G. K. Chesterton

I am usually a good student. So when I didn’t do as well as I thought I would on my exams recently, I was disappointed. “Why stay in school if I can’t do a good job?” I wondered. My belief in myself as a good student was beginning to falter.

Getting a few bad grades is a setback. But my reaction would probably be better described as an over-reaction. It showed me that I am not separating my performance from my self-worth. I can still have self-respect when my performance is less than perfect. I’m on my way to doing better, and I will stumble along the way.

Bad grades show that I still need to learn. I’m in school because I need to learn. Bad grades are not a reason to quit.

PS: I was able to retest on a portion of an exam for which I had not had proper study materials, and my grades have improved. I am thankful for flexible teachers! The point is, however, still valid.

My self-worth should not be tied to what I do, but to who I am.