Straight-A Students Always Succeed in Life

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Posted Dec 09

Well, like practically any sentence with “always” in it, this is also a myth.
According to organizational psychologist Adam Grant, “If you succeed in school, you’re not setting yourself up for success in life . . . academic excellence is not a strong predictor of career excellence”
Personally, I like this premise because I was a mediocre student during my K-12 years and, what is more, I didn’t care either.  I agree with Grant that academic grades rarely measure qualities like creativity, leadership, teamwork skills, social/emotional/political intelligence.  He sums it up brilliantly, ” . .career success is rarely about finding the right solution to a problem, it’s more about finding the right problem to solve.
“This might explain why Steve Jobs finished high school with a 2.65 G.P.A., J.K. Rowling graduated from the University of Exeter with roughly a C average, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got only one A in his four years at Morehouse.”

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