A-level results came out last week, we were delighted to find out that Sabeen managed 100% in her accounting module, which is half the A-level, and 90% in her mathematics modules, which is two-thirds.
She’s heading towards getting two A*s, which are the kind of grades that would get an 18-year-old into any university in the UK, yet Sabeen just recently turned 12.
Isabelle taught her accounting and says she picked it up really fast. I guided her with her mathematics, not taught her as she learned most of it herself, but frankly she’s perhaps only top 30% in terms of natural mathematical ability – way behind where her elder-brother-by-two-years was two years ago.
Sabeen’s results are, in reality, the product of belief. In Sabeen’s belief, and trust, in her parents, which most kids have, and her parents belief in her.
Now, I get that many parents don’t want this for their kids, I understand that, but, listen, most children can do just as well as Sabeen, many could do much better. They do, however, need parents who believe they can.
The older I get, the more I see it – belief, more than anything, drives outcome.