So we’ve had A-Level results and today, school pupils all over the country received their GCSE results. It seems that we live in a very results-orientated society. If you don’t get the grades, inevitably, you feel down about life and as though your future dreams and ambitions have been cut short. Well, we’re here to cheer you up and remind that results, albeit helpful, certainly aren’t everything and you don’t have to get things right the first time round…

1. ”I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.” – Bill Gates

2. Lord Alan Sugar left school at 16 with only one GCSE to his name and well, he isn’t exactly short of a penny now is he? He’s become one of the most successful businessmen and is apparently worth approximately £770 million

3. ”If your A level results aren’t great, be cheered by the fact that I got a C and two Us. And I’m currently sitting in a villa in St Tropez.” – Jeremy Clarkson

4. Walt Disney got sacked from his job for, ‘Not being creative enough.’ A few years later he owned the paper that sacked him

5. ”If you didn’t get the GCSE results you wanted, remember the alphabet runs from A-to-Z, not A-to-C.” – Richard Branson

6. Ed Sheeran will be the first to admit he wasn’t overly focused at school, but it’s recently been announced that he is to be given an honorary degree for his, “Outstanding contribution to music”

7. “Given a Time Turner, I would tell my 21-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.” – J.K.Rowling

If you did get the results you wanted, congratulations! But if you didn’t, don’t stress, there is always an answer and as this lot have proved… results aren’t everything!

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