When John Lennon was 15 years old, the smart people in authority at his school didn’t see him as a world-changing artist.
The headmaster wrote this on Lennon’s report card that year: “He has too many of the wrong ambitions and his energy is too often misplaced.” (Click the graphic above to see a larger version.)
Although he was seen as intelligent, a science teacher wrote, “His work always lacks effort. He is content to ‘drift’ instead of using his abilities.”
In math, he missed the final exam and the teacher wrote, “He is certainly on the road to failure if this goes on.”
His teachers clearly didn’t think much of him. By the accepted standards of the world, he was heading toward failure. Surely he would become a nobody — because he refused to fit into the box that the world was trying to push him into.
So if people don’t “get” you and they think you have the wrong goals and they think you’re misusing your energy, they might be right. But they might be wrong.
You might be the next John Lennon of your chosen field.
Don’t give up your chance to be yourself. You might change the world.