Exam Results do not impact your life

I saw today all the posts on social media about the junior cert results. It takes me back to the day when I received mine. I failed and miserably. 

I wanted to write this blog for any students out there who did not receive what they expected to receive and to give them some advice. Basically the junior cert or leaving cert results for that matter do not define you. They have absolutely zero effect on the life you are about to lead. So if you did not receive what you wanted and your feeling sad or have a feeling of guilt inside you. Let it go! 

When I was in school a lot of my friends all received top marks, I failed my junior cert, I failed my leaving cert, I then repeated it and I did ok. When I say ok I would not have got to see inside UCD or Trinity college but I was fine with that. I started working straight after school and it was the best decision I ever made. 

I found out very quickly what I liked to do and I concentrated on that. School is not for everyone, there are so many option and opportunities out there from apprenticeships, trades to internships in every field possible. If school is not for you, then go and climb the ladder another way. But you have to be determined.   

Growing up within a family business, I always knew the value of hard work. If you have the right attitude and are willing to work hard you can get anywhere in life. No exam results will every change this. 

I look around at the children today and I see the pressure they are under and its heart wrenching. Everything getting posted on social media for the world to see, parents even posting pictures about how well a child did etc. Before you press post, have a think about the child that may not have done so well. 

Today I am proud to say that I manage four companies, thankfully all doing well, this is all down to pure hard work and determination and of course an excellent team around me.

I always knew I would be in business, I used to laugh about studying to my friend’s father Tom, I’d tell him that it was pointless for me as I could never learn from a book, which was true, I was a hands on learner, (There is probably a name for this) but I always told him, “I know I’ll be successful and carry a briefcase one day” he always laughed at this but I was right, it’s not a briefcase mind you but a laptop bag in today’s age. 

 I certainly never let exam results define me. So if your reading this blog and you did not do as well as you would have hoped. Please, Just Let it Go! Move Forward and Don’t look back.

Until next Time!
Danielle McSorley


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