Is it wrong to impose your belief toward grades?

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First I would like to say that my belief toward school is way more than just grades, I have a consuming passion towards learning and knowledge in general across many various fields.

With that said, I am personally a perfectionist, I like to get everything perfect. So likewise I always shoot for 100 on my tests. I always try to influence my friends to shoot for their best and get A's.

I tend to struggle with my beliefs because I always keep myself open minded. For example, how do I know I should be imposing my belief toward grades simply because I value grades and learning more? Is my value toward school better than someone else's value toward socializing among other things?

Is it wrong for me to impose this idea on other people?

Should I try to accept that other people just don't care as much about learning?
 
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Interesting. Related, you should read the thread about competition in the Academic forum.

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=500968

I've been keeping up with that thread actually.

My opinion about competition is a bit mixed. I love competition--with my own self. Every time I try to do problems or study I am in essence competing against my previous knowledge in attempt to gain more knowledge. My competition is to gain as much knowledge as possible.

Now I also believe that competition against others is essential. How do you know what to shoot for if you don't know what is out there? On a more basic level, competition can push you to learn more. Now for people who don't value grades or learning as much, school competition may be a less existent thing. They may shun competition pertaining to school, but they would ironically compete on other things that they find more value in. It may be as evident as competing in sports or a job position. Or it may be as subtle as subconsciously competing for women or social matters.

Edit: I've edited my original post to add a little bit more detail.
 
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Pengwuino
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Yes it is wrong. Success and happiness in life is not correlated or caused by good grades for a vast majority of people in the world. No one has a right to judge anyone else as to what they feel their life should be about.
 
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That you're hungry for knowledge and that you're a perfectionist is ok. But it's really wrong to impose that belief on other people. People don't really like guys who know it all and who try to influence them.

You can do what you want them, but don't try to push people because other people can be very different from you!
 
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Good: show people the value of working hard
Not-so-good: tell people the value of working hard
Bad: tell people how valuable you are because you work so hard

Continue to do your best, but try to be aware whether your drive causes you enjoyment or "not-so-much."
 

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