My parents wouldn’t allow me to get my driver’s license until I achieved a 3.0 GPA in high school.  With a 3.0, or “B” average, came a discount on insurance.

With that 3.0 as my goal I’d sit down with my schedule of classes before each semester and figure the best-case and worst-case scenario for my grades.

Four semesters came and went; I didn’t get my drivers license.  I fell just short each time and graduated from high school with a mediocre 2.72 GPA.

Fast-forward after six years of military service;  my mindset was changed.  I enrolled in college with excitement and enthusiasm for school.  And an EXPECTATION of achieving A’s in every class.

In two years at a community college I completed 3 years worth of courses – 33 As and 1 B.  That landed me admission to one of the top-25 universities in America.  There I had similar success, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

I learned the power of expectation.  We rarely exceed what we expect from ourselves, often falling just short of what we do expect – hey, nobody bats 1.000 or hits every shot.

But by changing my mindset I was able to transform from a “not good enough to attend any 4-year school” student to graduating with the top GPA at the nation’s #2 rated communication school.

Expect more from yourself, because you can.


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