Why Valedictorians Don’t Change The World

“It seems that the traits that set one up for exceptional success in high school and college — ‘self-discipline, conscientiousness and the ability to comply with rules’ — are not the same traits that lead individuals to start disruptive companies or make shocking breakthroughs.”

If you know somebody that isn’t finishing in the top of their class this graduation season, here’s some good news you can share with them.

CNBC explains why valedictorians typically don’t go on to change the world and points out that a survey of 700 millionaires found that their average college GPA was only 2.9.

As the article states, “School has very clear rules, but life doesn’t. Life is messy.”