Stupid Things I Believed in High School

Stupid things I believed in high school:

  • I have a leg up on the popular kids because I can do math and all they have is friends & fun.  Someday, they’ll wish they’d studied more.
  • If I keep studying hard, someday I’ll be able to boss around the kids that don’t study and make more money than them.

Turns out, all those stories about Bill Gates that were supposed to be inspiring aren’t exactly true.  You know “Don’t worry about the popular kids.  Just keep studying and one day you’ll be their boss.”  Turns out, the same social skills that made the popular kids popular in high school are the same social skills that make them successful managers and leaders.  Also, plenty of people that totally blew off high school and undergrad go on to be successful doctors/lawers/dentists/business execs.

Don’t worry.  I won’t tell your kids.

3 comments to Stupid Things I Believed in High School

  • Ren

    Q: Do you know what they call a med school student who graduates last in his class?
    A: Dr.

    I had 2 roommates who were dental students. One of them used to set her alarm for 4am to get up and study and she studied several hours a night, too. There were several dental students & med school students in my YSA group. Some seemed to have an awful lot of free time and I recall my roommates commenting about a few they'd never want working on their teeth.

    A title & salary is nice but what about the quality of their work? ๐Ÿ™‚

    That said, social skills are important in the work place but so is knowing what you're doing. I work with some folks I love as people but wouldn't feel comfortable recommending them for a job.

    The only "stupid" thing you believed was that you were better than the popular kids. And yes, I realize you may have written this tongue in cheek. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sure, quality of work is important. I'm not suggesting that the successful doctors/lawyers/business execs don't eventually have to buckle down and work hard to get there. Just that it seems like the kids that started working hard at age 15 aren't really much further ahead than those who wait until age 25 to buckle down.

  • Also, so we're clear, I'm not trying to suggest that slackers are getting jobs/salaries they don't deserve. Just that the message I got in high school "i.e. you better work hard now or else you'll never get into college and your life will be ruined" was a lie.