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    The Curse of “Most Likely to Succeed”

    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.

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    4 Responses to “The Curse of “Most Likely to Succeed””

    1. kishke Says:
      May 11th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Anyone held back by a blurb in a high school yearbook is pathetic. These things are, or should be, forgotten the day after graduation.

    2. Hedge66 Says:
      May 11th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Beats being named ‘Everyone’s Friend’…

    3. Liz Says:
      May 12th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Did he not go to his high school class’s 10 year reunion? The best part of a class reunion is seeing how much everyone has changed (grown up), and how most people have strayed from their expected life plans/career paths.

    4. witwoud Says:
      May 12th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      The poor children! Something must be done! (Weeps into handkerchief.)