In my final years of high school I was labelled. I was average (to below average). I lacked discipline. I needed to work harder. It would have been easy for me to accept that story and have it define my life.
What your schools, friends, colleagues and even family say about you is far less important than it seems.
Far more important is the story you tell yourself.
You get to choose the story that shapes your life.
No one else.
Fortunately, the person I am today is dramatically different to the person I was 20 years ago.
Over the years I’ve learnt that its not the things I am told that hold me back. It is almost entirely the things I tell myself.
And to be honest, the stories we tell ourselves are a lot harder to change than we think.
BUT (I use this word intentionally), they can be changed.
That should give you great hope for the future.