Why go finance/law instead of out to the widget works in Dayton, you ask? The simple and virtually sufficient answer is that it pays better. Sure, if you invent the better widget, you may get a gazillion. But a gazillion multiplied by the probability that you actually do invent the better widget is--a lot less. Make the connection and you can climb aboard your cigarette boat in the Florida keys. Miss the connection and you wind up as an operations manager in a non-better widget works: respectable and responsible work, but demanding and not that well paid. And you're still in Dayton.
The other deficiency is more quaint and charming:
You will seek out jobs which reward a high “G factor,” or high general intelligence. That means finance, law, and consulting. You are productive fairly quickly, you make good contacts with other smart people, and you can demonstrate that you are smart, for future employment prospects.Two words, Tyler: Lieutenant Fuzz. Do you--does anybody--really want to take advice on life-and-death decisions from a bunch of cosseted school children? The question answers itself, or ought to. "General intelligence" in the seminar-room sense usually translates into ideas that are clever, diverting, off-the-wall and in the vast majority of cases, a waste of good time. Prudence, wisdom, vision--ah,those you are more likely to learn in Dayton.
[Hey wait, bozo--then why do the go-go firms hire the go-go children? A partial answer is that the do not: that the gas seems to have gone out of that particular bag, and does not seem inclined to go back in again. Another partial answer is that even if they do hire, they do not hire for "general intelligence" in the sense that Tyler, bless his heart, seems to perceive. What we're really talking about here is a bunch of 190k proofreaders, and insofar as the firms do persist in their avid search for such talent, the chances are that it has more to do with the game-theoretic institutional needs of the firm than for the intrinsic merit of the sought-after. Finance, I concede is a bit different: the big rewards there go to brutes who don't know the meaning of fear, and who forget to shut up in thee Goldman Sachs elevator.]