A Video 4 Throwback Thursday!
This is my 3rd speech for my Communications 101 class back in 2009. Enjoy!
But it's not all fun, games, and hashtags. I learned a valuable learned I'll share with you now.
It was the end of my pursuing my baccalaureate. I found I was just 0.02 GPA points away from a Cum Laude! My Communications 101 class was an easy A. However, I was sooooo smart. I had done the math and knew that even if I skipped out on the final assignment which was a simple written speech with references, I'd still earn a high B.
I remember my professor reaching out to me and asking if I would like to submit the assignment, she would even take it late. She told me that an A would be better than a B, but I responded in my omniscient wisdom that I would get a B even if I skipped out on the last assignment. She replied she understood and true to the math—I earned a B.
Fast forward to graduation time. I was wondering why I wasn't awarded Cum Laude. I started to ask if I could do some extra assignments or do something ANYTHING to get that last 0.02 GPA points. No going. I looked over my Transcript and there was my proud B in an course I could have earned an easy A. I had no one to blame but myself and my piss poor judgement.
Lesson learned; if I want excellence, I might not be able to attain it quickly at the end of a thing by tacking it on. I have to take the small steps of excellence to achieve excellence. (Not saying Cum Laude is excellent). It's like tweaking the old saying about practice makes perfect. In truth, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.
We should strive for excellence in all things that matter, at all times that matter because we can! You can achieve excellence, you can achieve success and it's always a small step along the way, not something that is tacked on at the end of an effort. You can do it!
Remember to be strategic in efforts? Sure! Don't waste energy and effort on things that matter little or that you could responsibly delegate to someone else who's passionate about it enough to do it excellently.
As it turns out graduation distinctions will not always translate to post-graduate success.
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