By Kyle | May 11, 2011
Being named “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school is a heavy burden, say recipients of this honor. High schools are cutting back on bestowing such grave and fraught designations. One ex-most-likely-to frets thus:
“Being noosed with ‘most likely to succeed’ is like lugging an albatross to every job interview, new relationship or writing endeavor,” says Blake Atwood, 30, of Irving, Texas, and a copywriter for a law firm. His 80 classmates at his Lorena, Texas, high school bestowed the label on him in 1998. Recalling these expectations just deepened his self-doubt during a six-year period after college when he wasn’t working in his chosen field, as a writer, he says.
Somebody tell this guy that he might have had a better chance at success if he had chosen a field in which he was skilled. He doesn’t much sound like an able writer when, given a chance to show off in the Wall Street Journal, he deploys a mixed metaphor — and at least one of those metaphors is a cliche.