keep-calm-because-cs-get-degreesLet me make one thing clear from the get-go: When I write about C students, I’m writing from personal experience. Throughout high school and university I was squarely a B-/C+ earner. I never doubted that I’d conclude my academic experience with the piece of paper that I needed—which was, after all, my one and only goal—but I was also never in serious danger of becoming the valedictorian.

My middling-to-decent grades were not the result of laziness. I just had a lot of other things in my life. I worked constantly, and also wanted to explore sports and other interests. So while I wanted to do a passable job in school, I just didn’t have the time or the passion to make my schoolwork perfect. It was purely a matter of balance, not of academic apathy per se.

By contrast, my spouse made straight A+s throughout her academic experience, won a full scholarship to university, actually was valedictorian, and so on and so forth.

As I’ve mentioned before, my spouse would go on to enjoy a successful law career, and I’m of the mind that A students probably make the best attorneys—and, for that matter, the best physicians. When it comes to entrepreneurial instincts, though, I wonder if we C students aren’t the ones with the natural leg up.

Why do I see such entrepreneurial value in being a mediocre student? Because we C earners understand the difference between striving for perfection and striving for mere goodness.

And there’s something to be said for that. Entrepreneurs face new challenges each and every day, and striving for perfection every step of the way is frankly a recipe for burnout. Eventually, the burden of perfection will crush you. It’s just too much to bear. And when you fail, the self-abuse you inflict can be utterly dispiriting.

C students are not afraid to take on different things, to tackle new challenges as best they can, and to just see where the chips may land; they don’t beat themselves up when they don’t get an A, and they don’t spiral into self-doubt when they do a job adequately instead of perfectly.

They understand that there are only so many hours in the day and plenty of tasks that need to be done; some of these tasks may call for real precision, but others may be addressed with a “good enough” approach rather than a perfect one.

The C student mindset allows for freedom to explore different things, and to embrace failures as they come; the C student mindset is made for balance—and that’s something that entrepreneurs tend to need much more than they need perfection.