What makes a difference is that you can!

Success or failure, this your choice

As the baccalaureate exams in Morocco are approaching, some of my students are still unwilling to start preparation  no matter how I try to motivate them. The reason they give for their behavior is:

“We can’t”

The scapegoat is almost always them.

“It’s them not us.”

“It’s the system”

“We can’t follow because we have never been given the tools and the opportunities to succeed.”

“What is more, even if we try, the future of graduates in Morocco is gloomy. They can’t even find a job. So WHY TRY?”

Easy answers. Ther easiest pretext to justify failure.

“So what? Status Quo”

Let’s start by reversing the problem:

You can.

You will be able to graduate.

You’ll get the job you have always dreamed of.

Is it difficult to have dreams these days.

Start with your dreams. Baby steps.


What if you give it a try.

What really will make a difference is that you can.

If you fail, stand up and try again.

This is life and this is really how success is achieved.

I reminded them of Michael Jordan:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Thomas Alva Edison:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

And Sir Winston Churchill:

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

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