yep,I think I can help you. You might need to read this a few times ok.
We can’t all be astronauts. In fact we can’t all finish uni or even year 12 but, that doesn’t mean we are dumb, it means we are less intellectual.
Think of a castle. They’ll be builders,architects, royals, guards etc but they all need to be fed by farmers,butchers,reapers,cooks,servants and maids. If they were all intellects no one would eat.
Ina hospital, what is the most important job? A doctor?,nurse?,surgeon?...in fact it’s the cleaner.what is the good of giving operations if a hospital is full of germs?
So it’s the stigma of not getting a good education or “you are just a cleaner” that is the problem. It’s societies problem not yours.
Most people have one thing they are good at but in sport you need to be gifted. If elephants ran in horse races I’d enter! Unfortunately if you can run fast or swim fast you can be a hero but the real hero’s are firefighters,soldiers,amboes,police etc see how society is wrong?
You best avenue is to seek out a career you have a good chance of achieving in. Say it’s retail. So eventually you start in a supermarket. What’s the most important job there?... a shelf packer. Nothing on shelves can be sold if there is no goods there. That’s where you’ll start and like many jobs you’ll master it then proceed to a checkout etc.
You are under pressure to perform at school. Remember, your best is good enough and people should respect that. Accept that you are unique and a good person not a failure. You might not pass your exams but you didn’t fail... you succeeded in participating, do you see what I’m talking about?
At 17yo I knew I’d never be an intellect,I joined the AirForce then 3 years later joined the prison service then a dog ranger then ran my own private investigation business. That’s the domino effect. So the question is how successful was I compared to an engineer that passed uni?
Very successful. Be kind to yourself. Your dad was right,you are clever just not intellectual... but just as important