Creative Destruction?

I met a friend recently that I hadn’t seen since high school.  I told her I was an economist.  "Oh," she said in the nicest possible way, "I’m surprised, you were so creative in high school."  Sigh.

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econuakbar! kill her!

That can be a creative position, too... in a different way.

That ranks with a comment I got soon after I finished my doctorate. I was calling a Marriott to change our reservation for a vacation and my record had Dr. on it. When the reservations agent found I was not a physician she exclaimed my sister is a PHD also - a professional hair dresser.

When the reservations agent found I was not a physician she exclaimed my sister is a PHD also - a professional hair dresser.

I know you probably meant this to read as "Oh that idiot receptionist," but it actually sounds as though she was putting you in your place for using "Dr" as you did.

I've ran into people who think that I'm studying to become some sort of salesman...

So when is your book coming out?

When I told people I was studying math, the usual reaction was "oh, what are you going to do.... teach?"

Alex, maybe you should just tell people you're an author?

We should put our creativity to good use and invent a new name for creative economics. Freakonomist was a good one. Freedominist? My verbal acrobatics aren't fully developed yet in the American language :)

"I know you probably meant this to read as "Oh that idiot receptionist," but it actually sounds as though she was putting you in your place for using "Dr" as you did."

Put "Dr." in front of your name on credit cards and the like and see how much your customer service improves...

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