Now and then, someone comes along who surprises the status quo.
She did not do well on her matric exams but ends up writing a brilliant novel.
She did not go to a famous university but builds a successful enterprise…
She does not articulate in her accent, but she has inspired a lot of youngsters to dream and do more.
The surprising thing is not that success is uncorrelated with the filters we have set up.
The surprising thing is that we think the filters and signals are actually accurately correlated with future success.
They are not.