Why “A” students work for “C” students and “B” students work for the government is a book by Robert Kiyosaki.

Somebody wondered aloud why this happens why the very brainy types in school usually end up working for people not apparently so well gifted upstairs..

Consequently, the following conversation took place between two friends about what informs success, why “A” works for “B”, and the hard / soft skills needed to foray professionally /socially.

Mimi: “D” students HEAD governments while militants RUN the government. How do “A” and “B” students make the required transition? How do they get to head government, and ultimately become militants running our government?

Kaka: You are not serious! The Chairmen of the conglomerates are often not as bright as those actually running the business for them. But somehow, those who pay the salaries are not those bright ones with stellar scholastic and academic credentials.


Mimi: “A” students tend to become specialists and are excellent in what they do but they are generally not street wise, whereas “C” students tend to be generalists and have a little knowledge of everything, are street wise and also tend to know how to work with, and around people.

“A” students fix things, “C” students fix people. He who can manage people can manage things.

Kaka: Occasionally, you find “A” students also having the attributes of “B” and “C”. Those are the all rounders. Jack of all trades, and masters of all.

Mimi: It is actually better to NOT be an “A” Or, if you are an “A”, be an all rounder.

Kaka: I think it depends on your choice of career. If you want to be a specialist, a special solutions provider etc, being an “A” student is a prerequisite. However, if you want to run a business and manage people and systems, then, your Emotional Quotient (EQ) needs to be high.. You have to know a bit of everything.

Generally “A” students have high Untelligence Quotients (IQs), but you need some IQ and a lot of Emotional Quotient to thrive in today’s world especially in a business environment. I also think everybody needs some level of Emotional Quotient to succeeded.

Mimi: I have often wondered how a Bill Gates, a pure techie, or a Mark Zuckerberg are so successful.

So why can’t we raise kids in “A” category and “C” attributes? Brilliant kids who are street wise and can handle people, situations and things? That’s the challenge today….raising kids with a lot of IQ and EQ.

Perhaps some personality traits aren’t learnt, and are not learnable. If you have a very suave and pleasant disposition, you may get by while lacking many many other things. Getting along and being able to manage people would appear to be the greatest skill for business success.

I read somewhere that the first person to earn a million dollars in America wasn’t s techie, but an exceptional Human Manager

Kaka:Well, according to Dr. Goldman who has done a lot of research, EQ can be learnt and developed.

It starts with self awareness… being aware of your strengths and weaknesses. IQ can also be developed. In any case, any graduate of a university should have above average IQ

Mimi: You believe ANY trait can be learned? Likeability, a persuasive personality, can you teach these.? Take a Late Stephen Keshi… Can somebody without warmth and some inborn leadership quality be a skipper? I think Likeability Quotient is important too.

Kaka:I think so too.

Start with self awareness. Once you know you lack in those areas, you begin to take steps to correct them. But of course, soft skills are more difficult to learn than technical skills but still doable.

Maybe some great ones are inborn but you can deliberately improve on a skill you are deficient in. Perhaps you won’t get to excel but then you have enough sufficiency to get by

Mimi: Your physical structure is also part of your EQ, right?. Certain (lack of) physical attributes can be disadvantageous. When you call somebody a bank manager, would a cadaverous looking man bestow lots of confidence.? That cadaver of a man can’t do much, no matter the carriage. No matter how well dressed, how mellifluously he speaks.

Kaka:All other things held constant, a liked person exuding warmth would open more doors. True. But, Hitler was a short man, he didn’t lack self confidence.

Mimi: Yes, but you would agree another person with his other attributes, but having more structural masculinity features would command more respect.

Ododo oro, self-confidence shows in appearance… how you carry yourself.

Kaka:Putin is not super built, he acts like a superman.

Mimi: Putin is a dangerous man. People fear rather than like or respect him. Well maybe fear is part of forced respect. I guess respect is a mixture of fear and admiration. Yes, fear and respect have a very thin line between them.

So, what is the stronger determinant of success (success being the ability to achieve whatever you set out for yourself to achieve)? Is your IQ more important than EQ, or vice versa?

I have seen very technically dumb people succeed outstandingly, financially, But the world is littered with technical geniuses who are failures in almost all areas of their life.

What gives?


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