When I was young I was extremely hyperactive. It got so bad at one point that in the 3rd grade I was allowed to just “leave” class whenever I wanted to have my own personal recess. The school did this because my poor teacher was so distraught with my behavior that she literally couldn’t handle me and so I was allowed to roam the playground until my “energy ran out” – which of course never happened.
Looking back, I feel really bad for what I put all my teachers through. I really was a wild kid
I remember in the first grade working through all the first grade and second grade math books by the end of September. They wouldn’t let me do the 3rd grade math books because they didn’t want to me get ahead (I always thought that was ridiculous by the way). After that I started getting “S”s on most of my report cards. S=satisfactory. My Mom wanted “O”s for ‘outstanding’. Later, I started getting “N”s on my report cards. N=Needs improvement. At this point my Mom started getting worried. She thought that because I was misbehaving so much that I wasn’t learning the material, but that wasn’t the case.
The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know the material, the problem was that once I learned something (Or thought I did) then I HAD to move on to something else. When I say that I “HAD” to move on, its the truth. I literally couldn’t bring myself to do “busy work” for a concept that I already understood just to satisfy the teacher. Often times homework didn’t get done because I KNEW that I understood the concept. It was a complete and utter waste of time in my mind, and I had new exciting things that I was busy working on. I always craved doing something new.
High school was the same. I remember getting a D+ in chemistry one semester (Worst grade in highschool), but when it came time to take the ACT for college entrance I scored a 35 (Near perfect score) on the science portion, which happened to be Chemistry that year. Things just moved a little too slow in school for me, and I am grateful for it now because it gave me a lot of free time to learn about computer hardware and software development.
One of the things I love so much about Bluehost and Hostmonster is that I get to pick and choose new things that interest me, that are challenging, and that will benefit our customer base. In other words, I have an environment where I can succeed.
I could just have easily been written off as one of those goof off kids with poor grades, or presented with serious challenges and given the freedom to experiment and learn and do things that others haven’t yet tried. I’m so happy that I was given a chance to show what I could do later in life.
Everyone in this world has something to offer. The sooner you find out what that is the sooner you will find happiness. Don’t let other people tell you what will make you happy. Instead, look from within and see what it is that drives you, and what you need and then go in that direction.
Your happiness doesn’t require the understanding and comprehension of those around you, it only requires understanding by yourself. Find out what that is and then happiness will be yours.
Matt Heaton / Bluehost.com