According to Scott Adams, students with high grades always make it in life since they automatically get into the white collar job market immediately they are done with their tertiary education. These students are regarded as geniuses. Adams describes them as, “This kids are the brainy group who are the future scientists, engineers and professors.” The B students should also be given an opportunity to pursue other careers that are manageable. Adams suggests that they should pursue entrepreneurship instead of struggling to undertake courses that are too hard for them like engineering. By taking up the complex courses, they are not expected to deliver since they are more likely to drop out in the course of their studies. Adams believes that even the B students also make it in life despite the career part they choose to take. All that matter is how smart one works to be able to achieve his or her desire. Adams perceives the B students as being technical. This implies that they are better off by taking technical courses. Even Adams was not a high performing student but he was able to see an opportunity at the coffee house which was near his campus and he was able to earn a living. Being a bright student does not directly translate to success. Even if one performs highly or dismally at the end of it, all that determines is how smart and hard one works. After scrutinizing this article by Adam, I concur with his views about success. All that is needed is hard work. But I disagree with his assumption about the B students since he only thinks that entrepreneurship is the best career to be pursued.
To start with, the writer has this world view perception that the well performing students are guaranteed of their well being since at the end of it all they are expected to get well paying jobs. They are perceived to be the only ones who propel the country to its development, “The thinkers, professors, engineers and scientists will propel civilization forward.” This clearly implies that according to him he believes that it is only the bright students who have the best ideas of developing any given nation. This is not the case because any person with ambitions and is hardworking is important in the development of a country’s economy. The most important aspects for success is hard work and determination. In today’s world whether you performed well in your studies or not all that is needed is how smart one is going to deliver what he or she is good at. Contrary to the expectation of many, even the B students are able to get well paying jobs in organizations even if they are not qualified. All that matters is how well they have been prepared in presenting their ideas. It’s not the load of work one does but it is how smart one does it. In this fast changing world, nothing comes in a silver platter no matter how smart one was in studies all that is needed is hard work and being productive.
Adams saw an opportunity of being able to earn a living by working at the coffee shop since he had taken a course in entrepreneurship. It was not seen as a place that would propel him to his success as it was not doing well. Adam states that, “It was a money losing mess, managed by students and subsidized by the college. The author believed in himself and applied for the position as the “minister for finance.” His flexibility and the can-do attitude allowed him to go through the interview. He was a jack of all trades as he worked as the accountant and the student administrator of the dormitories. Their hard work with the other B students paid off since they got an experience of dorm management, free private rooms and a basic salary. By jangling through all this he acquired the skill of multi-tasking. According to Scott it is only the B students who can work while studying but this is not the case for the brainy group. This point is biased since at the end of any learning experience one needs to have work experience. This should be a culture that should be adopted by all because at the end of the day as one needs work in order to lead a comfortable life. Work places don’t need amateurs, only experts are needed. The writer in his worldview is also biased when he narrows down the career path that can be pursued by the B students. He only proposes entrepreneurship unto them. The students can take up courses like art and design, hospitality, mechanics and the likes since they are not for brainy students. Entrepreneurship is a path that can also be adopted by the top students. It is not only applicable to the B students for instance the author states, “Wouldn’t it make much sense to teach the B students something useful like entrepreneurship.” Some of the top students have deviated from their career paths and decided to pursue entrepreneurship since it does not limit them in any way. Adams also advocates that the entrepreneurs should be equipped with public speaking skills for them to have confidence. This is because most in their work interactions are common. They are not expected to shy off.
In conclusion, the article brings out recommendable arguments about the brainy and B students. The emphasis has been on the B student about the career path one should undertake. Even though I tend to agree to some notions there are others that are contradictory. The stories spelt out demean the B students. I do not agree to some of the assumptions that he makes but I support his worldviews. We should at all times be ready to accept the career path one chooses to undertake.
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