I still believe that every student can be a winner. A winner is someone who shows up every day and works hard, caring about achieving results, even if they don’t often succeed. You can get Cs and still be a winner.
But too many of you are comfortable being a loser. Being a loser has nothing to do with talent or even results: it has to do with maturity as evinced by discipline and effort.
Some of you may think it’s rude to label someone as a loser, but I know that honesty can be a higher virtue than immediate kindness. It’s a sign of a greater caring, a devotion to guiding you to success, even when you don’t care enough to improve.
This truth leads to even more important truths: being a loser is a bad thing. It doesn’t make you a bad person, but it does make you a bad student, and being a bad student isn’t good. If you have chosen to be a loser, you should feel bad about that. You should want to change it and be a winner.