Success not purely academic
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.