Okay – so if you haven’t heard by now there are two things that stick out to this story that has people literally destroying their keyboards with hate and life coaching lessons. 1.) This kid dropped out of college two weeks before his graduation date and 2.) He’s not a Valedictorian like he said he was.
Now for the record, Managadze has some really good bits in this letter that this website as a whole can support. Dropping the negative influences out of your life, accessing your own ideas of happiness, his bit on the whole leadership concept, etc. But he loses all credibility when you find out that he’s lied about his accomplishments and is deciding to pass off life advice to others.
Prior to publishing anything, I like to (and need to) present the utmost facts when it comes to formulating any coherent and insightful opinion, especially on a topic like this, before I make it public for others to follow.
It’s been confirmed that the University of Maryland doesn’t even have a Valedictorian title to begin with, but a “Medalist” in place of the title. According to another website, The Tab, they were able to confirm from university administration that “Managadze did in fact withdraw from UMD this month, a couple weeks before he was due to graduate.” The source also told The Tab, “He was not the speaker at the main ceremony at the university or the college. We don’t have a valedictorian at the university, we have a medalist.”
So if you doubted that this guy is a real person and is some fictional individual that published an article just for viral purposes, he is in fact real and he has a Facebook.
I’m just confused at the fact that he felt the need to claim that he was the “Valedictorian” and lie and say that he “almost gave the Main Commencement Speech at graduation,” when there apparently is someone who has already earned the rights to the title in place of him. This is the guy who is actually the “Valedictorian” of the class.
Like, this definitely isn’t a good look for him and he’s got media outlets out here for blood, ripping this dude’s essay to shreds because of the contradictions in his writing.
“If you ask me, kid comes off cocky as hell, which I guess is something you need when you want to be a CEO, but he comes off as the wrong type of cocky. He thinks he’s writing some sort of profound musing about the nature of life and leadership, but really, he just comes across as a smug 20-year-old with zero concept of what the real world is like.”
“This is bonkers. You’re quitting school just because you want to be able to say that you don’t have a degree? Because you see having a degree as a “safety net?” Beyond the fact that this is as privileged as privilege gets, post hoc ergo propter hoc is a logical fallacy, my dude. “After this, therefore because of this” is a dumb way to view the world. You can’t look at Mark Zuckerberg and think “the reason he’s a billionaire is because he dropped out of college!” He did drop out of college and he did become a billionaire but there’s not a strict cause and effect relationship there. If anything his company’s rapid growth is what caused him to drop out of college, not the other way around.”
And you could say Linkedin hasn’t taken too kindly to his message either.
But the fact of the matter that remains is this. Regardless of this kid’s decision to drop out of college literally two weeks before graduation, that shouldn’t be the issue. Yeah, this kid made an incredibly life-impacting decision but at the end of the day, he thought about it for over three years and this is what he wants to do. Good luck to him. The problem I have is that he’s already fabricating things about his life and has even contradicted his own narrative of never wanting to work for other companies and only himself. He even credited the university and how they’ve played a role in his education, which is clearly opposite from what he’s saying in his essay on Linkedin. See scholarship response below:
Troll level: 1000%. How could you even look at Managadze as an influence at this point now. Give me something real about you, dude. Not sure if it was all a tactic to boost his name so that this start-up could gain steam and reach a backing, but in the end I don’t think it was completely well-thought out before publishing. He maybe should have consulted with a few people before letting the article loose, but, I guess YOLO – can’t go back now. I do sincerely hope he gets that start up off the ground though.
Here’s the video of him rapping about entrepreneurship three years ago