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Why do the best students rarely become rich?

Why do the best students rarely become rich?

A Boston University researcher who followed the lives of different graduating during their high school years found the following:

All those who graduated with GPAs above 4.0 managed to get into top colleges and landed a good job afterward. Nothing unexpected so far. 

But how many of these number-one students are going to change the world or lead the world? The answer seems to be clear: zero.

The keys to true success in life:

This is based on data from Eric Barker, author of the book Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which discusses the surprising science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong.

For the author, while top students will generally succeed, few of them will achieve the kind of dream success most people aspire to. Instead, young people who struggle with, or don't particularly enjoy, formal education are more likely to get there. In fact, a study of 700 millionaires in the U.S. found that their average was just 3.0

Why is this phenomenon? For Barker, there are two possible reasons, which Entrepreneur shared. Here we share them with you.

1. Life rewards people who take risks

As Barker puts it, "schools reward students who consistently do what they are asked to do" - and life rewards people who take risks.

Karen Arnold, lead researcher at Boston University concludes that "we are essentially rewarding the conformity of always doing what is told and dictated by the system." Or in other words:

"Those who excel in school merely do what is asked of them.

There are many examples, reading the biographies of successful people in the world and of different thinkers, most of them came up with an immediate solution to some political, social or scientific problem, without anyone telling them they had to do it." - says specialists in education from the wowessays.com.

"In school the rules are clear, in life they are not. So to some extent, not playing by the rules is advantageous once you get out of a closed system like education is."

Doing what has always been done and asked for never made anyone famous.

2. The real-world rewards the passionate

Colleges and schools reward those who do things well in general, but the real world rewards those who are passionate and expert at what they do.

Even if you are fascinated with the history subject in school, you can't spend all your time studying the Renaissance, as at some point, you will have to fulfill your other commitments and assignments.

Unlike in college, where you have to "excel" at everything, once you enter the professional world, you will need to excel in a particular subject, and the other knowledge or skills won't matter as much.

The study also found that students who truly enjoy learning to tend to struggle in high school, as they feel the education system "stifles" and doesn't allow them to find their true life purpose. 

In an interview with Business Insider, Karen Arnold complemented, "those who were excellent in high school support the system, become part of it, but don't change it."

In conclusion, this does not mean that if you were a brilliant student at school you will not succeed, of course, you will and very well, but you have to keep in mind that following the rules to the letter will not get you to the top.

Taking risks, rain, shine, or shine, is the key to breaking barriers and reaching the top.

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