Why some people are great at school, but only so-so at life
Roy Bahat

I don’t see why a person wouldn’t want to do their best in both environments. A successful academic education can be valuable for developing many skills, like reading, critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and music. These skills, if used well, create value in the real world for self and others, leading to understanding highly complex systems of information.

Also, in reading your chart of school vs. life, I see that most of these attributes can be found on both sides. For example, a good teacher wants students to strive for excellence, not perfection — that is, to learn. To the contrary, “act first, correct later” is a frequent mantra of narcissists who have learned to game the system by never asking for permission — instead, they “act out, never apologize or take responsibility, and leave the destruction behind.” As another example, my favorite teachers in both academia and life encouraged me to “question authority.” Perhaps I was one of the lucky few to have such mentors who praised the mind-body-heart connection, or to have listened to them in the first place.

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