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This comment really doesn't make any sense to me. The child who loved school is now back as a teacher. Working with children is one of the most fullfilling parts of life. I nanny so that I can work with children, they really teach you more than you could expect. What you posted made it sound like you thought your daughter with the cosmetic company is more successful, but I think you're measuring success very very wrong. Teachers don't become teachers for the money.
I don't think this man is trying to show who is more successful or has more money, happiness, etc. in their life. I think he's just trying to show that it doesn't matter whether you are an A+ student or a C student you can achieve your dreams. In my opinion, the only reason he said "happily employed as a kindergarten teacher making 35k a year" was to prove the point that money doesn't mean everything.
This makes me think.
This makes me think that our value judgments are screwy on both sides of this statement - the idea that a kid who makes mediocre or poor grade in school will never amount to anything is abhorrent.
The implication that money is a healthy success standard? Also upsetting.
You can't at all measure your daughters' success by their money. I'm in the gifted program and I want to grow up and be a teacher. You need more experience to be a teacher than a cosmetics person anyways. Don't insult your daughter that wanted to be a teacher just because you think she could have done better. I bet she thinks she's doing fantastic. Your other daughter is doing great too, but you can't measure their success in the same way. They're different people with different interests. So don't be putting down your daughter for being a teacher. If I was your daughter and I saw this I would be so upset. I hope you really think about it.
#4 Got it right, I couldn't have said it better myself. I smiled at this story. I thought he was trying to show us that money doesn't define your happiness and that grades don't define your future either. Idk, at least that's what I got from it.