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Children were supposed to get high grades from the beginning of humankind. Some people still believe that only As in school and further on, in college and university, guarantee success in life. However, history shows that not all D-students have become losers, and not all A-students become successful. Sometimes, being bad at studies can even become an important milestone on the way to glory and below you’ll see the real proof of this.

Winston Churchill

He is an iconic example of a bad student who achieved great success later on in life. Winston was the first child in an aristocratic family. He hated learning from an early age.

Churchill himself recalls that education first appeared in front of him in the form of an ominous teacher. She forced him to study "Reading without tears." Every day was agony for Churchill and his nanny as they tried to beat the book. When the teacher came, the book was still unread. The boy did what many other students would do in this kind of situation and ran away.

When he was nine, the young lord was assigned to a private school, where bad pupils were regularly beaten. And Winston always was among the most naughty students. The boy wasn’t stupid at all and sometimes teachers would find him reading advanced books. But when he was forced to read something, Churchill refused to show diligence or at least interest in studies. Two years later on exams, the future politician had shown no progress at all. His disgraced parents were forced to take him home, but not for long.

At thirteen, Winston was reassigned to another private school where his Ds were finally replaced by Cs through exams. And yet, he was still considered one of the weakest students in the class. He was even released from some classes. Instead of going to them, Churchill studied English. Perhaps those lessons benefited Winston, as some decades later he received the Nobel Prize in literature.

Honore de Balzac

The writer himself noted that the main problem in his childhood was his mother’s dislike of him. She was a young Parisian woman who was married to a rich old man. Her first child lived for less than a month and that left her frigid and indifferent towards her second child. Honore was immediately given away to a nanny. From that time, he rarely saw his mother and he soon had to leave the country house of his nanny for a boarding school. This place had much in common with a prison and a monastery. Pupils who studied there were not even taken home for the holidays. It’s no surprise that Honore felt offended by the whole world and was a very closed child.

At school, the boy was absent-minded and unwillingly answered teachers’ questions. Such a poor academic success annoyed his parents. He was often sent to the closet under the stairs as a punishment for being “lazy” and “stupid.” There he could calmly take out a hidden book and read in silence. Seven years of getting Ds and Cs, constant threats from his parents, and reading in his “punishment cell” damaged his health. He lost weight and his learning abilities became even worse. After one of his illnesses, Honore almost fell into a coma, and his teachers decided to send the pupil home as quick as possible.

Subsequently, Balzac attended two more schools, but he wasn’t very successful there either. Finally, his father simply gave up on his son and left him to arrange his destiny on his own. This decision turned out to be the best one Monsieur Balzac has ever made in relation to his son.

Richard Branson

A financial genius whose poor studying habits didn’t keep him from world fame. He is the founder of the Virgin Group corporation engaged in private space tourism. At school though, the millionaire-to-come couldn’t put two words together. He wobbled and faltered every time he was called to the blackboard.

When Richard grew up, he found out that all throughout his childhood years, he was unable to recognize written language as he had dyslexia. Unfortunately, when he was just a boy, nobody knew about such a disease, and teachers simply considered the future financial guru a fool. As an adult, Branson overcame this problem and became one of the most prolific business experts in the history of America.

Thomas Edison

The future inventor had a happy childhood. His father was a factory worker and his mother used to be a teacher. His parents loved their little son and allowed him to do a lot. But when he was seven, Thomas was sent to school. It was the only educational institution in the city and the teaching method there was quite simple. Students were supposed to memorize some pieces of text, and when they made mistakes, they were beaten. This punishment was often used to prevent bad grades as well. On his second day at school, Thomas said to his parents that he didn’t like school and during the first month he got only Ds.

Three months later, Thomas was called an idiot and his parents were invited to school. The director told Mrs. Edison that little Tom was unable to learn because of mental retardation. He advised her to take her son home, which she did. The famous inventor got all his knowledge at home and fortunately, self-education went at a fast pace. As a result, the boy called an idiot became a millionaire and one of the greatest inventors of humankind.

These examples of prominent D-students show that success is not only about grades. Sometimes it is better to delegate your math homework to a professional assignment writing service and to focus on what is important and interesting to you.

By Joshua Evans