If a person is academically performs well, I think it would be an edge or a perimeter that such person will be a successful one someday. Specially, if he is being monitored closely by the parents. Given much considerations on feelings towards failure in school or decision making. A person with high level of academic performance tends to look for an attention.
Though I'll agree that nothing can be achieved without hard work, schooling is ultimately what makes you successful. Except for rare, almost impossible circumstances, you can't make a living off of solely a high school education. Sure, you can support yourself, but there's almost no way to support a family (without assistance) on $10-20,000 a year. Getting good grades, even in tough circumstances, means more about a person's character then how much weight they can lift or how many burgers they can flip in a minute. Getting those good grades throughout high school, undergrad, and grad school (If you choose this option) will not only get you jobs, but it will lead to the American Dream.
The best indicator of success is HARD WORK, SACRIFICE AND PERSEVERANCE. There are many successful people who do not own a degree. They just work really hard and aimed for one vision = SUCCESS. With this, they sacrifice and do whatever it takes to be successful and reach what they have been dreaming of. However, this does not mean that one may not study hard, we need proper education still.
How can one assert that academic performance does not sufficiently predict one's POTENTIAL for success in life? Bear in mind that life does not equal the labor market. Though, I think we can all agree that if you work in HR or are an employer, if there's a (relatively) standard metric in discerning how well a recent college grad will perform in the private/public sector--grades mean a lot. As one who works in HR in the public sector, I can speak from experience by saying that when sifting through potential applicants, 21st century hiring and applicant software allows employers to immediately weed out those who perform substandard in their undergraduate program of study. We simply don't look at those who are sub-par students, why? Because your academic performance exhibits a plethora of information about you--not simply what you learned but: work ethic, punctuality (if you do well in college, chances are you frequently attended class), drive, etc.. I can honestly look at a resume loaded with extracurricular activities--clubs, sports, Greek letter societies, community service, etc. And not feel bad about turning one down if they have extremely average grades. To me, all of the extras are icing on the cake but don't exempt one's poor academic record. If you're a busy person in the academy and don't focus too much on your studies, chances are you're gonna be a busy person, period, and potentially not focus on your job. College is your job if you're a full time student and by doing poorly it shows employers you have better things to do; I'll let you focus on those instead of coming to work for me.
It helps with finding a better job and building a character with tenacity and courage. The best student is probably the one who has put the most effort and time in studying. Besides school keeps children who are actively engaged in it away from bad habits like gambling, drugs and porngraphy and teaches them good manners.
Success in life depends only on education because sportswomen like PT.Usha are not being recognized now because there are other sportswomen who are able to perform well than her.
People like SIR.C.V.Raman are being spoken till now because education has given him a place in people's mind. Therefore a person has to depend only on education to succeed in life.
Academic performance measures quantities of qualities of a student. The written exams text students' ability to master knowledge. The oral exams provide another means to train students' courage and ability to demonstrate their ideas accurately. If a student wants good grades, he or she has to be both industrious and intelligent. Thus, academic performance measures the qualities that are crucial to students later success.
Also, the word "indicate” allows other possibilities that contribute to a successful life.
Overall, in the majority of cases, academic success precedes success in life, as it opens gateways to many opportunities through allowing one further education. Further education leads to more gateways being opened for you in life. However, having said this, I do believe academics won't get you the whole way there. I thoroughly agree that true success requires passion, determination and devotion, as well as creativity and ingenuity. These things are not necessarily taught in a classroom. Therefore, academic performance is a good indication, but not a guarantee of success.
Overall, in the majority of cases, academic success precedes success in life, as it opens gateways to many opportunities through allowing one further education, which leads to more gateways being opened for you in life.However, having said this, I do believe academics won't get you the whole way there. I thoroughly agree that true success requires passion, determination and devotion, as well as creativity and ingenuity, which may not necessarily be able to be taught in a classroom. Therefor, academic performance is a good indication, but not a guarantee of success.
In a way the students who are successful academically are more likely to have good life habits. Those who have good life habits are more easily successful in their future jobs. I am a teacher in China. I have met a lot of students who get very high scores in school. Now most of them work in banks or in the government offices. Comparatively they are more successful and happy.
Someone who shows determination and a good work ethic in school is much more likely to succeed than someone who doesn't.
When a person can buckle down, show that they are serious about academics and excel academically, it demonstrates their willingness to succeed in life. It has been proven that those with the best grades are normally the ones who are chosen first when it comes to getting the best jobs.
This argument is really simple. As a WHOLE, education correlates with success. It doesn't CAUSE success, but there's certainly a positive correlation. Admittedly, that might be because of a self selection bias. Generally, the brightest kids are the ones who chose to go to college in the first place. That being said, the general rule is that education leads to success. You can always make exceptions to the rule, but the rule is still the rule for a reason. If i were first starting out, I would want all the odds i can get in my favor. Therefore, if not for any other reason, I would at least attend college to set myself up for the best possible shot at a successful life.
I'm saying this type of success as a blue-collar American type success. I'm not talking about Bill Gates or the super rich. I'm talking about Middle class americans. And acedemic acheivement means that most likely you will be able to receive this type of job.
Not only is good academic performance an indicator of a person's intelligence, but it also shows that person is diligent and determined, two qualities that many employers look for in potential employees. In other words, people who perform well academically are highly likely to be employed by any company or individual they desire.
Good academic performance paves way to good jobs, good income which, in turn, lead to a happy life. Someone with consistently good academic performance is most sought after in today's employment world which is a good example that shows how important it is.
Academic performance is the best indicator as far as potential for success is concerned. It not only provides more opportunities and options but also serves as a stamp at many places. It reflects one's abilities and especially matters for entry level positions. It also adds value when it comes to securing certain top positions.
Well thinking about how the school teaches people to work hard for their goals and shows them how to achieve it by doing your best efforts does give people the knowledge and experience to have more success. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am right, but school does teach you good morals on how to do an effort, how to work hard, how to achieve things and how to become an adult and also teaches you how to work with others and get results.
If one gets better test scores and grades, it means that he/she works hard and efficiently than others. Working with effort and efficiency and getting good scores is one way to survive in the competitive world, as almost everyone thinks that if one has good scores, one must be better than others in working efficiently and exertion. Then, people would highly value him/her, and one will be guaranteed of success due to people who would use her based on his/her scores.
Everybody has different talents, and different opportunity, what is intuitive for some is a task of many years to master for others. I agree that Academic performance can be an indicator, what is however the greatest indicator is the effort put in and the standard trying to be reached.
If somebody has conditioned themselves, to be the kind of person who reaches for the stars and doesn't leave anything at the desk, or on the field; this is a successful person. In that person's life, those they love will feel loved, appreciated and cherished to an incredible degree because this person is the kind of person who puts every amount of effort they have into meeting a standard of loving that is higher than either party could imagine. The effort alone is commendable.
The successful person strives beyond their potential often meeting it in the process, Academic performance is merely among the metrics.
These are completely different to those encountered in the classroom's controlled environment . Although classroom learning is important and key to understand certain complexities; life itself presents its own challenges. In the 21 century, cultural understanding, loss of power and influence of by certain countries will for the first time compelled many to actually reflect on their own realities. This reflection may lead many to a thorough assessment of classroom learning and its relationship to life.
Positive attitude is also a key to success. Academic performance is just one of it. It is not the end of the world if you did badly in your exams. There may sometimes be other surrounding circumstances which caused you to do poorly but that doesn't mean you would fare poorly in life
I am short (less than 5 foot 5 inch), skinny (less than 60 kgs), average looking Asian man and had a troubled violent and poverty stricken childhood which ingrained a deep lack of self confidence. I am also fairly unlucky.
However, my intellect helped my in my academics and pulled me out of the poverty trap, I self-taught myself English, moved countries. Here, my work is generally top class, feedbacks outstanding and academically, I have always had excellent results with minimal effort.
My career however has been very, very average. I find social interactions difficult to handle and continuously have to cope against my natural convoluted and negative assessments of perfectly normal situations. I have operated at the same (fairly junior) level for the last 12 years with only one promotion.
Unrelated, but I have also found it incredibly difficult to find anyone to date.
In life, intellect and academic qualifications do not matter so much.
I would happily give away my superior (academic) analytical intelligence in return for:
1- Good healthy attitude, 'normal' psychology.
2- A good sense of humour,
3- Physical appearance of a proper man (height and health)
4- A bit of practical intelligence, knowing what to say and when
The above 4 matter a lot in life.
A simple farmer who does not have any formal education still lives and feeds his family and community. Education and knowledge are not something we get in the class room or from an institute by just attending some lectures or by giving few exams. People learn many things from the environment and traveling, and also through harsh experiences. A person is not useful to the community even if he has a PhD.D degree if he can't apply it to help others. Lastly, you need some basic need which includes food, water, and shelter. We alienate people when we filter them on the basis of academic performance. E.G in class I learned about structure of cell but am unable to utilize that knowledge because I find myself unable to strive and work for food because I do not know about things such as dishonesty, conceit, lies and tricks of the people that surround me in the less friendly world in realit.
No, even if you dont excel academically it dont mean that you cant success in life. It simply means you are not exerting much effort in you academics. You academic performance are just feed backs on how well you hade done in you studies. There are people who does not excel in academics but ended up more successful than the one's who have good feed back in their academics.
Two different skill sets. A lot of really good students have no people skills. They also acquire an attitude they are all that. If they work in any kind of service industry this doesn't work. Also, in the office or business others don't like you with this attitude. It also generates a I know it all attitude and guess what someone else may know more.
Doesn't mean that you will certainly achieve success. There are still many factors that will decide whether one will succeed or not - be it good character, good leadership skills or being morally upright. For example, if you are those who have bad attitude but academically qualified, the employer will most likely not employ/hire you.
If to you success is all about a great job and money, then yes, academic performance is the best indicator of potential success in life. But let's not forget that there are several more important things in life than money and fame. Leaving a positive impact in this world, putting a smile on someone's face, providing a shoulder to lean on...These are some of the things that help to make the world a better place to live in, not just money and fame.
The most important thing in human life is how you manage your life. Perfection does not exist. People with good personality will gain other people's praise. People with good academic performance but bad personality will not. Please think carefully. Good or bad academic performance does not make a differences. Good or bad personality makes a huge difference because of trustworthiness, humbleness, kindness, working hard, patience, generosity and a focus on contributing to society.
Such Co-Curriculum activities also can be used to judge if a student is successful or not. A good academic result cannot dominate other aspects. Despite that many students can do well academically, this does not mean they have high social graciousness sometimes, worse, they may tend to sink into gloom after a little setbacks as they have never suffered from any defeats before. Moreover, these students may face higher possibility to catch some psychological problems and too much stresses.
There are some out there who are successful in life even if there were not well educated...It all depends on the will to succeed in life and the determination to be somebody due to the poverty factor. Being good in academics is a plus factor actually but if one does not know how to make use of both the academic and opportunity arise then what's the point of going for a higher learning?
People who are academically strong don't have the required skills which is required in corporate. Corporate revolves on selling skills of a person because there are numerous instances where brilliant students don't clear the interview because of poor communication skills and industry specific skills. Students need to be taught the hard way to achieve anything because they are used to softer environment but in real life it is not practically possible for any person to have rosy life every time.
Because religious knowledge can lead people to evaluate any good or bad things in their life.. Without it, people will blindly make their own decision without reference to religious laws. For instance, even in university, there has been an increase in abortion cases every year because they are just focusing on academic performance.
For those of us who have returned to school after having a successful career, I would say that your academic performance is not the best indicator for success in life. There are many very successful ( and I agree that success is subject to interpretation) individuals that did not continue into a higher education until later in life. Some people would trade their so called successful life for a life that is substantially less chaotic and stressful, and is substantially filled with joy and peace. I will say this though, having good work ethics, determination and tenacity are SOME of the characteristics that can help a person navigate the potential to successfully achieve their goals in academia and in life.
As best explained by a successful businessman whom I interviewed, good grades only give you a good headstart in life. It doesn't guarantee how you will run the rest of the race; nor is it the only thing that may give you that headstart. Good people skills, perseverance, a positive attitude, confidence and moral/ personal integrity are also crucial; especially if we're talking about success in LIFE, not success on the job. As a straight-A student myself, I can vouch that the academic system imparts none of these, and that it takes emotional intelligence to acquire them.
Success itself is also a very subjective concept; and has different meanings for different people. In the traditional definition of material success, certainly academic performance has a role; but what of success in one's relationships? In external life goals, like maintaining good health, seeing the world or immersing oneself in the arts? In gaining respect in one's community? In the end, our lives and dreams are merely too complex to be ascribed a single magic bullet that will take us where we want for the rest of the journey.
Success is based on many different variables, including work ethic, communication skills, creativity, etc. In class, students can go through an entire curriculum without saying a word. In class, students are usually judged upon their ability to understand the material, not their creativity, unless they're an arts or music major.
The biggest factor in future success is work ethic. GPA measures work ethic on a class level, not a whole level. Compare two students for example.
Student A: Takes 18 credit hours in college in difficult, higher level courses and barely manages a 2.0.
Student B: Takes 6 credit hours a semester to focus on courses and manages a 3.2 GPA.
Who has the better work ethic? Student A or B?
Clearly, in my opinion, student A has the better work ethic. However, work ethic is not reflected in his or her GPA. Unfortunately, student B would be selected over student A in job interviews, since student B would have the better GPA. This is the sad reality of this world and HR's lazy way of filtering out applicants, while searching for good work ethic (can anyone see the irony in this?).
Academic performance is only one of the indicators of success, but it should not stop there. Personal attributes, integrity, hard work and strong belief in Divine Providence are other factors that must be given attention to succeed. The child may not have much focus on academics only, yet works hard in other areas.
There is no supporting argument just subjective truth in which success can also mean being not successful. I am trying to say that all is relative and what is good for one may be bad for the other one. What is really a success? Making yourself happy and live the life you dreamed about. And for that, no hard work is needed, just passion and creativity.
Academic performance shows some basic potential, but does not equate to determination, work ethic, confidence, imagination, people skills, and many other factors which are important for success. Such skills are neither taught nor measured in claim. Moreover, the constant focus on grades might lead to them being neglected by the developing child/teen/young adult, leading to an inverse correlation. Frankly, that is where family/mentors can play an essential party. When those figures are as infatuated with grades as three children or educators... Let's just say that somebody is bring headed towards some rude awakening
Successful people became successful because they "went out of their comfort zones." They didn't follow the traditional elementary-high school-college procedure but rather made their own formula to success. I do not say that education is not needed in life. Education is useful, but it is not the only way to becoming rich.
General awareness of how the world works, accompanied by great self-awareness, a positive attitude, and an incredible work ethic, is the best indicator of potential success. Social and emotional intelligence is far superior than academic performance. Communication, Sales, Persuasion, likability, seduction, manipulation, leadership, team work, etc. are important skills needed in the real world, where split-second decision making is required. I am a Car Salesman, where I work, our top producer with little education is making over 150k, while the two highly educated salesman we have who hold bachelor's degrees are doing horrible and struggling greatly.
Anyone can get a high score in a test if we work hard enough. However, exams somehow failed to reveal the true nature of our intelligence, skills, and creativity at its highest level. And success isn't also about being smart, it is the combination of passion, creativity and inspiration.
People can succeed in life without academic success. It is not necessarily good that you are failing school- but academics aren't everything. We need to stop branding students by their grades. Some people are more inclined things other than academics. Some people find it hard to be relentlessly pushed through math and science, while some find it hard to express themselves artistically, or find reading boring. I had no good grades whatsoever, and now I am a successful linguist, I change the everyday words you use. I make new words. I have my own language. I have a great family, a beautiful wife, and two dogs.
Individuals who perform well academically may well be able to acheive higher-paying jobs that carry more prestige, but this does not equate to success. Since I am a lawyer, I will use this as a frame for my argument. Lawyers, generally a group that performs academically well, have higher rates of depression and suicide than the general public. This in part is due to the lifestyle associated with the practice of law. A lawyer at a large law firm is expected to bill a minimum of 1800+ hours a year (by the way, you will be shown the door sooner than later if you only do this much) which likely requires 60-70 hours of work a week. The benefit from this excrutiating schedule is a high salary; the downside is the lack of a personal life. This sacrifice, I would argue, is not success.
Since "success in life" is subjective, it would be incredibly difficult to determine if academic performance correlated to success in life. As such, I would posit that balance between professional achievement and personal fulfillment is true success in life and should be the goal for all individuals.
We see the growing trend to playing truant, but it's not the students fault if the tutor fails to help convey the knowledge.
After more than 15 years going through education, I have seen little fault in the students who are only pushed away from gaining the full potential of education, usually due to a many tutor who have given little time to re-educate themselves in the changing times.
Even excellent grades do not justify the ability of one to read, interpret and act upon the situation around them, when the practice of academics lie in seeing a pattern, to which one must follow strictly, inflexibly, regardless of the difference present.
To succeed in this fast paced age of ever changing unexpectedness, one must not be blocked by the uniformity of academics, but to realize the opportunities that such rules open up, and to which act upon accordingly, and thus improve upon the understanding that we are faced with again and again anew.
On the contrary, many successful people have given very poor academic performances. Nevertheless their success has not been hindered at all. The reason is, a person is successful when he/she achieves something that was their passion. It can be anything, academics, music, art, sports, photography, cooking and hundreds of other things. People make the mistake of connecting success with wealth and fame. It is true that when you are successful in achieving what you really wanted in life, you usually do it very well and get paid very well and your success is recognized.
I have always struggled with theory based subjects. My spelling and grammer is poor, maths is even worse than my english, yet I am in second year of a Podiatric Medicine degree using hard work and my service skills. I feel regradless on how well you take in information, knowledge can be taught, self awareness skills and communication is skills that some, like I, a non-academic can make a difference. People are more receptive to those that care, academic or not.
Academic success may create more eloquent individuals but it does nothing to conquer a lack of common sense, emotional stability, provide real life experience or increase respect or even likeability. Success comes in many forms, but while monetary success is a major factor for many, that is not guaranteed by academic performance.
Because of this, it's definition is subjective. Therefore, users answering "define success in life" and "it depends" offer the most directly true responses to this question, and they are also one in the same. Success can only be measured and analyzed according to its definition and agent/context, which can be very different and disputed upon as we see through this forum.
Bill Gates once said that he had a friend that got high marks on tests than him. Bill said he had failed some of those test. Now he is the owner of Microsoft and his friend is an engineer. Academic Performance is not a detector of success, because sometimes it's the schools that fail the students by giving them things on tests they were never taught. That student might know what he needs to know on his grade level.
Children are totally being taught towards tests, and being passed over right now, especially in poorer schools. I think that, for boys, school is harder, as they need to move more. I think you can do horribly at school and have a perfectly fine life. Some people can excel in school and end up in prison. I think schools need to be fairer, and No Child Left Behind needs to be stopped.
I work with at-risk youth at a public high school, so I have seen first-hand how individuals who fair poorly with regards to academic performance can go on and lead productive, healthy, and happy lives. Some of these kids barely passed high school, but are now business owners, professional athletes, and the like. Some people just don't do well academically, and it's a well-known fact that public schools are not set up for everyone to succeed. I think musical ability, athleticism, technical skill, personality, artistic ability, motivation, and work ethic are more indicative of future success than just academic performance.
Academic performance is not the best indicator of potential success. The best indicator for potential success is the ability to work hard and having a strong internal motivation. The ability to succeed in an academic environment does not predict the ability to succeed in a business or workplace environment. Succeeding in the workplace also requires a set of skills, such as interpersonal skills, discipline, and connections. These skills can be acquired even by someone not academically talented, if they're willing to work hard.
Evidence is best lent by understanding what "success in life" means. If money, the ability to move technology barriers, and shaping of the world are metrics, consider the number of people who were academic failures or dropouts at one point in their lives. Examples include Albert Einstein, Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Larry Ellison (Oracle), David Cote (CEO of Honeywell), and Scott Walker (governor of Wisconsin). The world is full of academic failures who have succeed in various endeavors.
There are many people who had high academic performance in school and now have blue collar jobs. Academic performance needs to be combined with ambition in order to have a potentially successful life. A parent should encourage both in their child, not just academic performance.
Graduating top in a class may lead to the highest paying position and a luxurious life-style, BUT is life success defined by salary, fame, and material things like big houses and new cars? If the person has all of these things but failed in his/her marriage, failed as a parent, and contribute to morally destructive things such as pornography and drugs, then is that person still successful in life? Also, a person can work hard for his/her academic success, but that doesn't mean his/her future professional work will be for the betterment of the community or for society. For example, graduates who choose the highest paying job without caring what social impact the job has - like graduates who chose to work for Enron. I hope people will understand their talents and passions in life and match it to a career that enables them contribute their life's energy to making a difference (to fulfill their unique purpose). They don't have to be famous in the end, but they must have lived a free life - free from the control of high salary, fame, material things, and so on. A free life + valuable life's work, now that is a seed for life's success.
With Standardized Testing being used at the level it is and not considering the fact that there are different ways of knowing, learning and demonstrating comprehension one can only NO.
Are schools forced into push teaching to the tests? Yes, that determines everything for that school. Teachers are forced by administration then to focus on the test scores. In some states they want to move towards a teachers salary being based on the scores the kids produce. This is dangerous as only a portion of the population will ever be deemed to be successful and reality is that there are those that are told they will not succeed based on scores and end up being big time success stories. Some of us learn by seeing, some by hearing, some by experiencing (taste, feel) and some simply absorb everything or nothing. As long as Testing and Standardize Grades (A,B,C,D,F) are used as a means to determine academic success over portfolio or other methods of demonstrating understanding then academic performance is not he best or accurate indicator of potential success in life.
Reasoning being that if not everyone learns and comprehends the same way and we in schools push the emphasis on standardized testing
Even people who get straight As are not guaranteed a job when leaving a college or university. Some of the most successful people in modern history, Bill Gates for example, made billions without stepping foot inside a higher education institution. There is not much at a university you cannot learn from teaching yourself with books and by networking. The advent of the Internet has also made it easier to learn new skills.
My comments exclude Doctors, Lawyers, Nurses and alike which is mainly why I say maybe. Outside of that I am going to say no. I have hired a lot of awesome people that had somewhat ok academic scores. I have also hired a bunch of people that have had awesome academic scores that I wished I had never hired. Of course there are a few exceptions on both sides. Some people’s academic performance has no real indication of their ability. Some, including myself, did OK without real effort. So yes, if I applied myself I would have had a 4.0 GPA but that is not a real indication of my future ability to be successful. It didn't stop me when I went to work at my first real job, it didn't stop me when there was discrimination about my education when promotions were on the line and it didn’t stop me from proving my abilities to people that now recognize my usefulness. In fact, that just gave me the right push to show everyone that GPA means nothing if someone is intelligent enough they are going to make things happen and be successful regardless of their academic scores. I get the side that academics opens doors, but as a hiring managing I would rather have someone with solid intelligence, experience, quick on their feet that didn’t finish college or had poor college scores that someone that is trying to get by with their academic performance. I will say this, 10-15 years after you leave school no one really cares about your performance in high school or college. They are looking for solid work history and your ability to make a meaningful impact on their business. Will you make them money or not? That is what matters.
I believe that the best indicator of potential success in life is work ethic. While I also believe that work ethic can improve academic performance, I still think that work ethic is more important. While academic performance can be a result of strong work ethic, it can also be based on socio-economic status (access to tutors, books, previous education) and general level of intelligence. A strong work ethic on the other hand is much more useful than keen intellect in the work place. A very smart person with a horrible work ethic will not go as far in a company as a less intelligent person with a very strong work ethic. Better workers are more diligent, and garner the respect of their coworkers and higher ups.
Success is largely measured by wealth. And, if you look at those who have wealth, they are not always the most scholarly. Determination, persistence and a dream have more to do with success. If you lack these things, but perform academically well, financial success won't automatically be your destiny. I know that this is what we are taught, but academic success is a great foundation. It is a foundation that must be built on if one wants to end up in a position of wealth. Academic success is just part of the equation. Equally important are personality, life smarts, connectedness, perseverance and ambition.
Academic aptitude isn't always a sure indicator that someone will be successful. There are plenty of examples of people who didn't do well in school and went on to become quite successful. Some people have a knack for being what they call "book smart" while others just never seem to do that well in school. Sometimes a person just has to find their niche and sometimes they discover a true talent that makes them very successful in life.