Carter Lowe Creator, entrepreneur, and self-care advocate
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From triples to businessmen

Academic background does not determine a person's financial future. The experience gained as a "lagging behind" in studies gives every C student good skills.

It seems that the phrase “Excellent students! Always let's write off your C students! And then, perhaps years later, they will hire you!” the threesomes came up with, but most often it is they who occupy excellent positions and become directors and owners of enterprises. In fact, very few employers care about high marks received from respected teachers at a prestigious higher education institution.

What is the relationship between the marks in the diploma of a newly minted specialist and his value as a qualified personnel? When you have water from the toilet squirting like a fountain, you absolutely do not care what spelling marks the master received. Competent managers never look at the level of enlightenment of the applicant, but evaluate how well he can cope with the work.

The name of Austin McChord, a former C student and founder of one of the most prosperous companies in the development of data backup systems, is not very well known in our country yet, but this does not prevent them from being a leader in the field of data recovery, having more than one hundred thousand customers around the world and nearly one hundred million dollars in revenue. Austin doesn't have an outstanding track record in earning grades, but being the director of a profitable company clearly demonstrates that an academic background does not determine a financial future.

The School of Life teaches invaluable lessons that no classroom can recreate. McChord wasn't destined to make the top student rolls, but his experience as a 'underachiever' has served him well, and now a successful supervisor is saying with absolute certainty that you shouldn't judge a candidate by the color of their diploma cover.

Unfamiliar situations are not new

Evaluation of an excellent student, with rare exceptions, is the result of careful preparation and colossal efforts. But the ability to live in an ever-changing world with a bunch of unknown introductory, according to McChord, is the best preparation for meeting reality. “In business, you can plan in detail and calculate options as much as you like, but it’s impossible to foresee everything. Problems happen without warning. C students are used to making decisions on the fly as unforeseen difficulties arise and are able to seize the opportunity at the right time.” And when the valiant excellent student is deeply buried under the rubble of the ruined Napoleonic plans, his more enterprising comrade has already succeeded.

The ability to put a good face on a bad game

Any person has faced a situation where an angry client is standing in front of him, and there are no answers to the questions posed."The only effective strategy in this case is to procrastinate until you're done." Already someone who, and the threesomes have turned the ability to excuse themselves into an art. Of course, it is unlikely that anyone will like the excuse “Your order was eaten by my dog”, but a straightforward A student will be confused, which will only aggravate the situation, while C students easily “read” the mood of the audience and are used to improvising, radiating confidence and calmness.

Recreation is a necessity, not a luxury

Businessmen and executives are the most prone to burnout, and Mr. McChord knows this firsthand: “As in college, so in business, I have met many excellent specialists who became very quick-tempered and irritable, fell into a rage over trifles, and the constant feeling of anxiety and excitement brought them to exhaustion. C's are notoriously reluctant to overexert themselves, and it's more natural for them to be in a relaxed state. “They know when to slow down a bit, calm down and take a break. Running a business is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if you don’t find the optimal pace of running, you will certainly fall out of the race.”

Life is not according to the schedule

In almost any business, the speed of reaction is important. A quick decision, even one that is not very correct, is better than a decision that takes a long, long time to make the right one. “Unlike their more diligent and hard-working friends, who are ready to endlessly improve the idea, the threesomes improvise and make countless attempts to realize the idea, even if it is still in the formative stage,” says McChord. “They are accustomed to preparing for exams overnight and taking tests at the very last moment. They instinctively learned the most important business lesson, "Perfect is the enemy of good."

The best mentor is failure

McChord claims that the most valuable lesson for him personally was understanding how to perceive defeat. “Business, even the most successful one, is always a risk. Sometimes everything goes upside down. Things are going badly. All around a lot of trouble. If you can't handle disappointment, if you don't know how to deal with bad news, if you can't turn failure into your own good, you'll never get rich." The Trinity understands that losing the battle does not mean losing the war.