It often seems the most successful people in the world had it all figured out from the start. It's almost like they were born with maps pointing them in all the right directions in life. But, that couldn't be further from the truth.
Simply put, if you feel like your life isn't going anywhere, or like you don't have your sh*t together right now, it's never too late to turn things around.
Sometimes, you have to stumble for a while before you learn to walk with confidence and purpose.
President Barack Obama is an embodiment of this fact, which Michelle Obama recently explained on the daytime talk show "The Real."
One of the hosts asked the first lady who got better grades in high school: her or the president? She immediately pointed to herself (prompting laughter and applause) and said,
Barack fooled around in high school. He didn't take school seriously in high school. He barely got his work done. He was a bum. And it took him a second cause he, you know, he had to grow up a little bit.
She said it wasn't until the president transferred to Columbia University in his second year of college he realized, "I gotta make something of my life. I gotta get it together."
Ultimately, Barack Obama went on to become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, a US senator, the first black president in US history and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
This is a powerful reminder we all evolve and mature at different speeds, but that doesn't dictate where we end up in the course of life. As the first lady put it,
It is never too late. The president of the United States screwed around in high school, and he still got his act together. He did OK.
Moreover, Barack Obama is hardly the only president one might say was a "bum" in school. John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush all struggled or did poorly at some point or another during their schoolings.
This is not to say every president was a terrible student or doing poorly in school guarantees success.
The point here is who you are now does not necessarily define who you will eventually become, but what happens in between is completely up to you.
Life is long. Anything is possible. Never stop learning, and never lose hope.
Watch the video of Michelle Obama's appearance on "The Real" below.