Matt Drudge Speaks to Homeschoolers

Matt Drudge describes himself as a D-Student, perfectly qualified to work the night counter at 7-Eleven, which in fact he did. Drudge also worked at McDonald’s, as a tele-marketer and as a sales assistant at a grocery store. Born 43 years ago today on October 27, 1966 Drudge’s father bought him a personal computer in 1994 hoping Drudge might find something worthwhile to do with his life.


And he did. What began as an email newsletter to a few friends has now become one of the world’s most-watched websites, capable of influencing presidents and news organizations worldwide. The Drudge Report is visited by more than 3 million people daily and Drudge reportedly earns in excess of $2 million annually from advertising on his website- a far cry form the numerous minimum wage jobs Drudge held after high school.

The life of Matt Drudge demonstrates to every parent and every child that there is NO absolute connection between academic achievement and life potential. While it’s good to work hard in our studies and make good grades if we can, it’s not essential that we be at the top of our class academically. Drudge, in fact, graduated 341st out of 355 students in high graduating class.

But he found something he liked doing and he worked at it- hard. He worked at it every day until he became the best at what he did. In Ecclesiastes 9:10 King Solomon suggests, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”

Isn’t that interesting? One of the not-so-secret secrets of this life is to find something worth doing and then do it with all your might. Anyone who follows that formula will succeed. That’s a truth worth telling your children. And it’s a truth worth believing in your own life. Even if you weren’t a great student yourself, effort can make all the difference! If you’ve decided to homeschool- then do it with all your might. If you’ve decided to become a Christ-follower, then follow Him with all your might.


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    Carol S said,

    Thanks, Steve. My eldest is one that does not fit into normal academic expectations, and it seems I’m almost always in turmoil trying to figure out what path to take with his education. Still looking for and praying for that thing that really sparks him!

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