A famous investor recounted his mother’s teaching on a podcast recently. Some parents are all about the marks and ranks for their kids. Others are a little more hands-off.
Said investor’s mother was cut from the second cloth. This was her thought process:
If A is the top ranked kid in school, and D is the bottom ranked kid, this is what will happen in (real) life.
The As work for the Bs. The Cs run companies, while the Ds have buildings dedicated to them.