Suc­cess not purely aca­demic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

COR­PO­RATE leader Michael Smith started his story of suc­cess with his aca­dem­i­cally un­suc­cess­ful school days, at last week’s AIM WA New Thinkers seminar.

Smith com­pleted pri­mary school on Rot­tnest Is­land where he be­came school cap­tain in Year 7 be­cause there wasn’t a Year 6 stu­dent to run against him… but a Year 5 stu­dent gave him some stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

Mem­o­ries of those school days in­clude paint­ing a bas­ket­ball court and read­ing a book on Greek mythol­ogy.

Smith then at­tended Scotch Col­lege where a maths teacher agreed that he shouldn’t study the sub­ject. In­ter­est­ingly, he went on to make money in sta­tis­tics.

Smith’s suc­cess in the cor­po­rate busi­ness world and ap­point­ments as chair­man of the Scotch board and West Coast Ea­gles fol­low­ing his unim­pres­sive school days gave the au­di­ence, in­clud­ing stu­dents from the Clare­mont school, an in­sight in to what was re­quired to be a good leader. Young Aus­tralia of the Year Drisana Le­vitzke-Gray and Space­cubed founder Brodie McCul­loch also spoke at the seminar.

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