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AN F GRADE DOESN'T MEAN F#%% LIFE

We are taught in today's society to consider kids who are bad or challenging to be unworthing of saving. Because they came from a single parent home, government housing or simply a disfunctional environment, as I did in the South Central LA. I was one of those kids who was a prospect for prison, gangs and death. As a child I didn't do well in school academically, or respect authority, but I wasn't given up on, I wasn't a write-off, and neither did I play the bad hand that was dealt to me. The blessing for me and society is that I grew up becoming a productive citizen who raised a productive family. This report card from the second grade from a LA school should have generated a prison number and cell block but in return it generated 37 years of marriage, two lawyers and a successful career.

"When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work."

George Bernard Shaw