Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Don't Mistake Ambition for Achievement


When I was in the army, I often heard of officers who were "ticket-punching" by accumulating certain assignments which could enhance their chances for promotion. I'm sure that some of them took the assignments seriously but others simply wanted a springboard to another spot.

For those people, ticket-punching was one notch above "going through the motions."

Both concepts came to mind while reading about the frenzied activities of high school students seeking to increase their chances of getting into Ivy League universities.

Reminder: Make a point of periodically taking a few steps back and asking, "What in the hell am I doing?"


Dan in Philly said...

I strongly identify as a father of middle and high schoolers living in an area where this kind of thing happens. I figure if my kids are ivy league material they'll show it without my pushing them into all kinds of crazy things, and if not it's probably better they don't go there anyway.

Michael Wade said...

Dan in Philly,

I seriously wonder about the value of an Ivy League education in most fields.