Think that the kid who finished first in high school finished in the money? Nope.
Listen to this. Of the 95% of valedictorians who went to college, their grade point average was 3.6 and only 60% got a graduate degree.
Well into their careers, 90% were working in a profession, but only 40% had high level jobs and were earning a substantial income.
What does this tell us?
It tells us that the behaviors that make you a successful student may not be a match for changing the world or making a million bucks.
Academic grades don’t measure intelligence as much as they measure self-discipline, conscientiousness and following the rules.
The real world of work requires passion and a personal definition of success.
When you’re in school, you’re a generalist who knows a little about a lot. In the workplace, you’re a specialist and that makes all the difference.
Encourage kids to follow their dream.
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