It’s all a rat race.
In highschool, you’re competing against everyone in your grade, city, and province for the scholarships from your local university. Or for the two scholarships Harvard gives to two lucky Canadian students.
When you’re in University, everyone around you will soon be competing for the same job you are trying to get.
When you’re young, no one is going to tell you that life’s a rat race. That life’s a popularity contest. That the people who work harder, who are driven and who want it more, nine times out of ten get it.
No, no one is going to tell you that, you have to find out for yourself. The earlier the better.
Once you understand what kind of competition you’re going up against it makes a lot more sense to differentiate. To stick out. To not be in the norm.
If you don’t believe me, enjoy your march to mediocrity.
(If you think getting the best grades in your class is the way you’re sticking out, you’ve missed my point entirely.)