You do too have a job. It's just the kind that pays intangibles.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers
Failure: I am 22 and have had about 12 jobs since leaving school at 16, averaging 2 jobs per year and being fired from at least half of them. I never fit in anyhwere and can only tolerate doing something for a short time before feeling the need to move on.
Standardized education often offers poor dividends for the brightest students. More often than not, giftedness is thought to be a guaranteed catalyst for opportunities unparalleled later in life.
Regressing to the mean is typically the opportunity they refer to.
As a philosophy, I've never understood why intelligence and success were positively correlated.