When I was teaching college courses I came to recognize that my students’ academic success had little to do with “where they came from” but was more determined by “where they were going”. Bright kids from good families and strong schools often failed, or barely got by, while average kids from broken families and poor schools sometimes did very well. The difference was what the individual student wanted for the future not what did or didn’t happen in their past.
Why? Hope. You see, hope doesn’t change a persons’ past. Hope changes their future. If you give someone hope you give them a future. And if you give them a future, the past no longer matters.
Take Away: If you give someone hope you give them a future. And if you give them a future, the past no longer matters.