Originally Posted by robertanthony
why do smart people fail ?
I learned early on to make good grades. It wasn’t hard because a good deal of “learning” was actually reviewing material we had previously covered. When I was in high school, I took college-level AP courses. The math became more abstract and it was the first time I was at a loss of how to think for myself. I was accustomed to following the program, doing what I was told.
College was okay, but it seemed like only certain majors had good financial prospects after graduation. I went to see a career counselor. The only thing the career counselor told me to do was to join the Peace Corps, most likely because her daughter had worked for the Peace Corps (by the way, the Peace Corps wants volunteers who have skills!).
Being smart has nothing to do with success. Success is based more on drive, a high emotional intelligence quotient, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and excellent social skills. Unfortunately, most of these traits do not come naturally for me. I work hard and end up with mediocre results, which makes me feel even more depressed