This retelling struck a chord with me. I've skirted all conventional forms of work and academic progress because, simply put, I could, and that process was vastly more interesting than what I perceived as grunt work. In my adolescent eyes following a track was death by submission, the reduction of the self in all its complexity to utility, and not even interesting utility. My study and time management skills are abhorrent because I always assumed I could problem solve in the moment; I would cram information within minutes of tests if I didn't wholly rely on the test's creator subconsciously sprinkling questions with clues.
I will likely never excel within an academic or corporate system because I failed to develop the necessary skills. In this way my intelligence was incredibly counterproductive to "success".