I just read this…
High school valedictorians “know how to do school. They are not the group to look for, for creative breakthroughs… or for becoming notable leaders in a particular area.”
-Karen D. Arnold of Boston College (Quoted in Rimer)
Arnold is a researcher that spent years following up on the lives of high school valedictorians. And all that research led her to the conclusion that being #1 in school doesn’t mean that much long term.
That being said…
Studies consistently show that students with higher GPAs end up with better careers, more options, and more money. (Off the top of my head, I think it’s 13% higher salary per point of GPA.)
Being #1 in the class doesn’t mean that much. It’s symbolic. It’s bragging rights. Like having a high score on the Frogger arcade 50 years ago. Congrats, right?
But getting a high scores does help in life.
That’s what this data shows. But I think about it a little differently.
I don’t think the score even matters. The score is just a flag blowing in the wind. It can tell you wind is blowing but if there is no flag up, it doesn’t mean there is no wind.
Extraordinary successes, in my experience, come from people that are willing to invest in their own growth.
High scores matter but you don’t have to be at the top of your class to benefit from them.
That’s a big part of the reason I wrote 101 Strategies To Improve Your Grades Without Studying More.
It’s an acceptance that perfection isn’t necessarily the best goal. Near perfection can give you the perfect balance of what you’re really looking for.
You don’t have to study for hour after dreadful hour to do well in school…
In fact, many students in many schools can give up all their studying and still get near the top of their class. For them, a short and easy study routine is just a cushion to let them sleep easier at night.
I’m super excited about all the emails about this on Monday. Those are the kinds of things that keep me doing what I’m doing. Thank you!
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