It’s easier to get into Harvard than it is to get a job in the fitness center

This would statistically appear to be true, based on Harvard’s 5.6% acceptance rate.

But it’s not, because Harvard is meritocratic: Those with higher grades and SAT scores are the ones who get in.

Getting a job in the fitness center is not a meritocracy. It is based on who you know, and more importantly, who trusts you.

Once you see that our economy is based less on merit and more on trust you can think just a little bit differently than your peers to get what you want.

Your peers are busy filling out job applications. Perhaps you should do something different.

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