Feeling regret is human. And those of us who had been good at going to school might be experiencing plenty of that. In a marketplace glut of degrees, we the best and brightest are no longer the most marketable, plus the over-supply has driven down what we can command in compensation.
That regret might be peaking as we read the cover story in NEW YORK Magazine about the earnings of half-hookers and helpful hosts. In that article by Lisa Taddeo, we learn about non-sex workers who gross about a half a million a year. They just appear attractive or provide the right setting and other stuff for men out for a good time.
Sometimes the pursuit of intellectual excellence doesn't seem worth it, at least not enough to invest our youth into preparing for standardized tests, getting into good schools, making it to the top of the class in good schools, passing the bar, and pulling serials all-nighters as associates. Others not pursuing intellectual excellence don't have to make that kind of grim investment. And the one they do has immediate payoff in high wages, free trips, and being in the company of celebrities.
"Would you wish for more beauty or 10 points more of IQ?" That's what male friend not in the doctoral program asked me when I was in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan. "More intelligence." He laughed at my answer. He's now wealthily married to a plain-looking heiress.