Why Some People Are Great at School, But Only So-So at Life
Years ago, I had the experience of meeting Donald Trump. I worked in city government in New York and he wanted to buy a building from the city. (He pitched poorly, and totally misread his civic nerd audience, telling us over and over how Britney Spears had a whole floor of rooms at his hotel….)
He did say one thing that’s stuck in my mind ever since:
“You know that person who did well in school and then never made much of himself? I’m not that guy.”
As an investor in startups, I often see the very qualities that made me and others standout successes in school turn out to be straitjackets. The setup of school might even be conforming us to something less than our best selves.