My school friend had cystic fibrosis. In junior high and high school we were warned many times that CF was so brutal, that he would probably not make it to age 20. I think that made our nerdy little friend group bond because we all wanted Ralph to cram in as much fun as possible. Well, he’s pushing 50 now and is -no joke- a rocket scientist for NASA. The NASA part isn’t surprising because he is wicked smart. That he is middle-aged and in good physical shape is surprising because all the adults around us were telling us he’d never make it.
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It’s about my high school best friend… He was tied for top average grade percentage across our high-performing high school. Absolute scholastic unit… He’s now an ultimate frisbee playing, fun cycling, stay-at-home dad with a double degree and has a highly successful business-minded wife. He really was the smartest one of us.
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A friend of mine was a decorated student in high school. Top cadet in JROTC, top 25 out of 500 students, got a scholarship, a gifted chemist, and on top of that, he joined Army ROTC in college to get in track to become a U.S citizen (he is undocumented). So what happened? He gave up everything to sell Herbalife and Amway thinking he will be a millionaire in 5 years.
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When I was in school, it was kinda cool to look like a thug. And a guy from my class was the best at looking and acting like it. Teachers were scared of him and other guys were jealous. Obviously, girls absolutely loved him. At the age of 14, he looked much older than other guys. I hadn’t seen him for more than 20 years. I heard that he was a heavy drinker. Finally, I got to see him again and his story blew my mind. He became a believer. It turned out that he helps people battle alcohol addiction. “I know what alcohol is all too well. I managed to stop and now I can help others do the same,” he told me.
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The son of my teacher was a football player, had a beautiful girlfriend (they broke up before he graduated though), and was a procrastinator. Once he graduated, he went to work at a restaurant for a year and, as far as I knew, he was going to attend college the next year but he had no idea of what his major was gonna be. I just found out 2 weeks ago that he got accepted to a local seminary and is going to become a priest! I was shocked, to say the least.
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I went to high school with a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She once dated Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2011. Erin didn’t always look the way she does today, and back when I remember her, she was a tom-boyish basketball player who wore sweats and hoodies every day to school. Little did anyone know there were wings underneath those drawstrings.

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It’s my best friend in high school. His stepdad was a district attorney and apparently they didn’t get along at all. He sold illegal substances. My parents hated him. After he graduated from high school, while living 100 percent on his own, he did 2 years of college before getting accepted into a major medical university program that actually paid him to be there. He is now a pharmaceutical engineer living in Switzerland. My parents were surprised to hear that.
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I went to high school with a girl we all thought would probably just get married and settle into that life. She wasn’t, apparently, fit for much else. The commander of our ROTC unit somehow set her up as a housekeeper/maid for someone who soon became one of the most powerful men in the world. She set up her own company devoted exclusively to providing only the very best housekeepers money could buy (and a very thorough vetting). She became the first millionaire of our class.
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A girl from my class was very quiet and there was nothing special about her whatsoever. Now, she is married to the son of a Russian billionaire from the Forbes 100, she owns metallurgy plants, and lives in London. Funnily enough, I was told about this by another one of my classmates that also lives in London and does some serious scientific studies at Oxford, even though she wasn’t special at all when she was in school.
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A friend of mine always led from the bottom of our class. Living with his grandma, this guy always stole her money to do things like gamble and buy toys so he could be like the rich kids in class. Fast forward 13–14 years, I connect with him on Facebook and he requests my phone number. So I looked through his profile and wait a minute! He is living the life that many young men would wish to live. He has a posh home and vehicles, he’s balling at high-end restaurants and pubs, he’s drinking the most expensive wines, and hanging out with a list who’s who in my country. We link up and meet at his house. He then explains how his life changed through networking, and now he’s doing businesses. He also met a guy who introduced him to some trade and he’s now engaging in active politics. What’s funny is, he offers to let me handle his social media accounts, because of his new political endeavors. Never underestimate the poor performers in class. They may never be clever (like have the ability to remember information) but they might be wise (like have the ability to handle things and discern when to do something or not in real-life situations)…
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