Key To Success, Not So Simple


I was talking to someone recently, and they were furious. Why were they so angry, well it was simple, they got a perfect 625 in the leaving cert and didn’t get the course they wanted, medicine because they hadn’t done well enough in the HPAT. (I realise that any American reading that has no idea what I just said but imagine getting a perfect GPA and, like 1550 in the SAT and then not getting medicine because you failed the interview.” It was for them, needless to say, bitterly disappointing. I empathise with that, I felt bad.

However this person went on to say that he had sent a letter to the minister, because, as he put it “I was always told that if you worked hard enough you would get what you wanted.” That shocked me, plenty of people got their college offer two weeks ago,and put their head in their hands, wondering how the hell they were going to deal with not getting that perfect course, many more wondered whether they could ever get the points to go to college.

Ireland is a country that puts a huge focus on exams, almost every course in university, be it for arts or science only cares about how well you did in the last exams of secondary education. That is tough, for so, so many reasons. I dislike this system I find it unfair, and totally unreflective of real-life. I think it is stupid for the exact reason that the person who had missed medicine thought it was commendable. Ireland’s exam system only rewards a plodding learning curve.

There are so many different types of intelligence, some people are good at the memory it takes to do well in exams, but others are good at solving problems, or thinking of ways to do things. Some are good at caring for others, so are good at entertaining them. Is that person who is able to sit and learn facts for 12 hours a day somehow better than anyone else as that person suggested? That is the hard work he talked of. Some say hell is other people, I would say it is just that.

Humanity has a problem, it has limited resources, we cannot go to Mars, discover everything, devote vast amounts of time to every type of art. We cannot push faster, higher, stronger, better, more inspiring, more intelligent, so on so forth with infinite power. We respect the achievements of Neil Armstrong as the quote goes “not because they are easy but because they hard.” That is the macro scale of the problem, but individually they same problem stands. People call the university application system in Ireland a joke, that the method comes down merely to supply and demand for places. That is because it must, they are a limited number of places, the world is not a wish granting factory. Hard work may got you many things, but so should the other skills humanity needs, like proper intelligence, or, you know, the skills doctors actually need like emotional intelligence, that are tested in the exam that guy failed.

What do you think, perhaps you have a better system, I’m all ears and perhaps when the world is mine I may implement it, thank you for it even, before I extinguish your life

Till next time, all the best 🙂



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