The other piece I would add to this excellent article, Dr. T, is that given our fondness for IQ tests, which woefully underestimate potential in so many other areas of natural intelligence, and the way the educational system rewards our ability to master standardized tests as opposed to encouraging, celebrating and developing individual potential, we rob ourselves, the workplace, the economy of so much creativity, so much life. God only knows how many Einsteins we have relegated to menial work because of the way we provide incentives to teachers (test ready vs. life ready) which forces them to shove kids into lock step. Some of those kids sprint, some walk, some waddle, some try to swim because it’s their nature. Many will fail. The one-size fits all model, the hierarchical workplace, all these and many more are insults to human potential. But that’s just me.

I have to wonder how much brilliance is standing for hours cutting chicken parts in Alabama factories out of a need for financial survival. We really have no clue how to define success, really, other than financial, when it comes to our society. But financial success doesn’t convey happiness or work satisfaction or joy or much of anything else other than having plenty of toys and options. In and of themselves, those external items don’t do much if we hate what we do, or feel emotionally unfulfilled. But again, that’s just me. Doesn’t make me right.

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