Success at School vs Success in Life

Many people who do brilliantly at school turn out not to do so well at life. Why? Looking to change your career? Our Career Crisis cards might help:

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“We want to do well at school for an obvious reason: because – as we’re often told – it’s the primary route to doing well at life.

Few of us are in love with the A grades themselves – we want them because we’re understandably interested in one day having a fulfilling career, a pleasant house and the respect of others.

But, sometimes, more often than seems entirely reassuring, something confusing occurs: we come across people who triumphed at school – but flunked at life. And vice versa…”

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13 thoughts on “Success at School vs Success in Life

  1. Schools are self perpetuating systems.  Teachers and Administrators don't drop out of the sky.  They work within the system that produced them, so what else do they know?  School curriculum doesn't appear out of nowhere.  It was put together, compiled and organized by people who were, by and large, good at school (using previous versions of that same curriculum).

    If the curriculum and the rest of the school system worked for the teachers and administrators and those who MAKE the curriculum, why wouldn't it be good for YOU?

    Unfortunately, most of us are not teachers.  Unfortunately, most of us require different methods in order to learn most effectively.

  2. If you can sleep through or stay on your iPhone during classes in highschool, rarely do homework, and overall put a very minimal amount of effort in while still receiving A's and B's. You are the person on all 4's in 1st place at 2:55. Now go change the world.

  3. yeah nor does school teach you to articulate your thoughts and construct logical coherent arguments. and it doesn't inform you about the world either, i mean the least it could do is do that- inform you to a greater degree about the world around you.

  4. A wonderful example of this is Bryan Stevenson, an Afro-
    American lawyer I deeply admire. He is 56 now and back then he went to a
    segregated school.
    Even a normal school is generally a place where you have to endure a
    lot of humiliation. So imagine what a segregated school must have
    been… He went through all that, then he studied law at Harvard, then
    he became a professor at New York University. He is an excellent
    lawyer and a social justice activist . In fact Desmond Tutu calls him
    the " Nelson Mandela of America".
    Imagine that despite being a Harvard graduate and having several
    honorary doctorates and despite having argued cases at the US
    supreme court, he also had been pulled out of his car by police
    officers who have threatened to "blow his brains out"!
    Well he "obeys" , but he makes them pay for it elsewhere. He saved 115
    people from death row!
    So if you have solid moral values and a clear take on life, being
    "obedient" just for a while, just as a strategy to fool the cruel is a
    very useful thing. You can begin with it at school.

  5. One of my favorite teachers encouraged us to ask questions. Not just about the subjects he was teaching, but about life, and the systems in place. He asked us to always question the status quo, and never follow by blind faith. I respect him a lot for that.

  6. It's a pretty impressive clip.Such a significant sense ,it's turned out to that literally no teacher would talk to you about that,or they would lose their jobs lol

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