Education is critical, there is no substitute for hard work, and you need to ask for help when needed! In one of my classes in college my grades quickly plummeted as I got more and more confused. This was a really embarrassing situation for me. I swallowed my pride and admitted to the professor that I was completely lost, and he and I worked hard to improve my understanding of the material until my grades improved. I still remember bumping into him after the semester ended and thanking him for the grade he gave me. He stopped, looked straight into my eyes, and said, "I didn't 'give' you that grade, you earned it."