Richard Branson's Advice Whether You Did Or Didn't Get Your Grades

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

With the recent release of A-level results in the UK, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson has offered his opinion on exam results, as well as giving some balanced advice for any student about to receive their grades. Here's what he said to both sets of students...

Advice For Those Who Didn't Get The Results They Wanted 

"If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for, don’t despair. There is lots more to be learned from failure than success, and if you have the will to succeed, not having a piece of paper with A, B or C written on it isn’t going to hold you back. I left school without qualifications, and many others have too. Forget exam results - everybody else does sooner or later! Now is the time to do. Start thinking about what you want to achieve in life and start working towards it...

Some people rightly point to the likes of Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Sir Winston Churchill and Bill Gates, and note that they all failed exams. They all went on to achieve great things. But they also applied themselves, and found the areas where their strengths were. You won’t necessarily reach success because you failed exams, but you can reach success in spite of failed exams."

Advice For Those Who Are Celebrating Their Exam Results

"If you did succeed in any exams and qualifications, many, many congratulations to you – now is the time to celebrate. But afterwards, the time is ripe to think about your future too. What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? These are questions that can take a long time to answer. The best way to find out is to get out in the world, travel, meet new people, enjoy experiences and try new things – not all of which can be achieved in a classroom."

What Richard Branson is highlighting, is the reality that academic success is not the key reason why people succeed in their lives and careers/businesses. He stresses that what is most important, is the need for a vision, self-awareness, and then consistent action in line with the desired goals.

Check out his blog here - you may also want to learn more about what Richard Branson feels we can do to shake up education.


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