I wasn’t persuaded, while I was at school, of the value of learning. Now that I’m persuaded, I’m better motivated than I’ve ever been.
The exams I took gave a mixed bag of results that didn’t reflect on my ability, nor particularly on my level of commitment. The lessons I attended imparted some knowledge (in some cases very well), but they didn’t create a passion for going further. School, as an experience, wasn’t one that highlighted the benefit of spending the rest of my life learning – which I’ve been doing, regardless of any enthusiasm for it!
I’m still not hugely enthusiastic about studying, but learning is embraced at every opportunity.
Arguably, the most powerful lesson since leaving school has been just how valuable it is to have a growth mindset and to exercise it.