When I was young I had to deal with a lot of big problems that possibly a lot of kids didn’t have to deal with, so as a result my school work suffered. Well actually, I never even started my school work, I just coasted through. I never received much help with schoolwork from my parents. Maybe they were busy or maybe they themselves could not understand the schoolwork. I’m not sure. As you may infer my grades were less than spectacular, and when my parents saw that I was doing no more than just barely managing not to fail each and every subject they tried to console me by saying “well, as long as you are doing your best”, and I took that advice. And continued on, barely passing, year after year until finally that was all I knew how to do. I was terrified in school, because I was always lost. I was always falling behind all the other kids. It was a bad cycle due to bad advice, and now I finally understand: Our best at times just isn’t good enough.
We should all strive to do and be more than we are, even more than we think we are capable of.
Easier said than done, maybe, but you won’t know until you try. I encourage all the students at Smith’s 英会話 to be all that they can be.