“I told my son: You don’t need to be in the top three in your class, being in the middle is fine, so long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person has enough free time to learn other skills.”
Who said it / Author:
Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba.
Meaning / What does it mean:
Jack Ma is trying to say that people should not let their grades define who they are. Instead, he argues that people who take time to develop useful skills might be better off in the future. In many cases, students who have excellent academic results tend to spend a lot of time studying. As a result, they do not have time to learn/develop other skills. So Jack Ma is saying that it’s OK if your academic results are not perfect as long you develop other useful skills.