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I ran across a thread on Hacker News once, I forgot what it was about, but part of the conversation focused on personal development and pressures to succeed - a theme not unusual for a community centered on Silicon Valley, brilliance, and billionaires.

One of the posters then asked, what was so bad about being an average person? He claimed that he started out washing cars, and then eventually rose up to manage a car wash, and now owns a handful of car washes and pockets around $200k a year. He said he was never stressed about money or ever pressured to succeed in school, get good grades, or to fret over being promoted like us professionals. At the end of the day he just goes home, plays video games, and hangs out with his wife and kids. He makes them happy and he makes his employers and customers happy. Sounds good to me.

So what's up with all the pressure to succeed anyway? It sounds unnecessary to me. Should I even care if my kids barely scrape by with Cs and Ds - or should I have even cared about my own grades or success at all? It seems like there's plenty of ways in the world for people with completely average levels of aptitude to succeed in life as long as they put in the work, so why stress out about it or pressure others, like your children and peers? It all sounds unnecessary to me.
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Old 11-15-2019, 09:32 AM
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I ran across a thread on Hacker News once, I forgot what it was about, but part of the conversation focused on personal development and pressures to succeed - a theme not unusual for a community centered on Silicon Valley, brilliance, and billionaires.

One of the posters then asked, what was so bad about being an average person? He claimed that he started out washing cars, and then eventually rose up to manage a car wash, and now owns a handful of car washes and pockets around $200k a year. He said he was never stressed about money or ever pressured to succeed in school, get good grades, or to fret over being promoted like us professionals. At the end of the day he just goes home, plays video games, and hangs out with his wife and kids. He makes them happy and he makes his employers and customers happy. Sounds good to me.

So what's up with all the pressure to succeed anyway? It sounds unnecessary to me. Should I even care if my kids barely scrape by with Cs and Ds - or should I have even cared about my own grades or success at all? It seems like there's plenty of ways in the world for people with completely average levels of aptitude to succeed in life as long as they put in the work, so why stress out about it or pressure others, like your children and peers? It all sounds unnecessary to me.
Guy making 200K wonders what's so bad about being average...?

I think the bigger worry about pressuring kids to succeed is that they won't make average, and there's a long way down (particularly in the US). I don't think any reasonable parents would disagree that the central point is happiness, though.

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You're specifically referring to average in school here. A guy making 200k is obviously above average in motivation and ability to succeed otherwise.

Yes, the people who got the top grades in high school are not always the most successful. That's a sad secret we hide from kids. It takes the right personality who is good with people more than anything to succeed
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