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It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish

It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish

…the other day on the podcast, I spoke about my son Matthew who graduated from Uni.

Watching him as he posed with his mum with his cape, hat, and scroll in hand, brought home the advice someone said to me once, it’s not where you start it’s where you finish.

Matthew is severely dyslexic and wasn’t diagnosed until he was almost finished primary school.  – We found out that he used to memorize the text in reading books to make it look like he was reading the words.

Matthew was bullied at school by kids, and at one point a teacher, which completely knocked his confidence in himself.

Matthew took the decision (along with his mum’s help) to go to a school an hour away from where we live, to get help with his dyslexia. – Which at 10, was something I couldn’t have seen myself doing at that age.

When he told me that he wanted to go to Uni, I didn’t think it would be right for him and that he’d drop out long before the finish line, but I kept that to myself.

But he proved me wrong. He kept up with his classwork and had it in most times long before it was due.

Everything was against him, and yet here I was, looking at a proud mother beaming with delight at what he’d done.

It’s not where you start it’s where you finish.

Hardly any of us had any choice in the first bit.

We might have been born in poverty, in the wrong country, to unsupportive parents, a poor education system or whatever…

But you certainly have a choice in the finish bit.

You can look backwards or you can look forwards.

You can look at the lack of things you have, or you can look at what you can do with what you have right now.

You can complain and grumble, or you can take action to improve that situation.

You can listen to people that tell you that you’re a joke, a quitter, untalented, or never amount to anything, or you can focus on where you want to go because the people there will appreciate you for who you are and what you do.

That’s all under your control.

Remember, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.

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