What Was Steve Jobs’s High School GPA? Not 4.0, or Even 3.0 – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic

This matters little: great entrepreneurs are not necessarily the straight A student. Grades matter only because many teachers prefer high graded students and look at their ideas more favorably. Best rated entrepreneurial papers or projects are usually not those shinning in real life.

On the standard 4.0 scale, Steve Jobs, master of the universe, got a 2.65 at Homestead High School from 1968 to 1972. For those who’ve forgotten the number-to-letter conversions, that means he got mostly Bs and Cs.

When we talk about the wonder of the United States’ entrepreneurial system, I don’t think we usually mean that we let kids who receive bad grades get ahead in the world. But perhaps the abilities it takes to get a perfect high school record do not perfectly overlap with the skillls it takes to build a $450 billion company. Or maybe it was just all luck.

via What Was Steve Jobs’s High School GPA? Not 4.0, or Even 3.0 – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic.

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