I have been at both the ends. I have been a failure as well as a topper.
When I was a failure:
Never concentrated in class
Didn’t care much about education
Teachers only demotivated me more
My relationship with teachers was simple: I hated them and they hated me
When revolution striked in .. and no I didn’t go form a failure to top ranker, it took time.
Yes so revolution striked in when I changed schools l, and for some reason teachers there believed in me and coached me to know better, with that even my perspective about education changed I started understand its importance.
So eventually I started score alot better in my exams test etc.
So now as a topper this what has changed:
I learn to know and utilize my education/knowledge
I never mug up anything, I always understand what I learn or what is taught
I pay attention to each and everything that is taught, its always more useful (sometime I don’t even need to read for a test or exams that much.. thats the power of paying attention)
Most importantly, I learn that you need social skills in order to advance.. a simple 1st impression on a teacher can last you a long way. Be nice to them and they will reciprocate.
This is my life story but there are alot of advantages of being a failure, that im still reaping form, .. I know that feeling of happiness when I get one mark above the passeing mark and I never sulk for more marks like the toppers who have never seen failure
It is true that, U learn alot more from failure than from success =)
This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Studying.