The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
That insight is, at best, wildly and optimistically simplistic.
It’s also telling students that if they experience sudden success they shouldn’t embrace it.
Sadly, it ignores the benefits certain people realize through the genetic lottery.
Disappointingly, it’s ignorant of the culture.
It negates the value of an outsider to make significant impact (a.k.a. outsider view, fresh eyes, devil’s advocate) in an otherwise closed loop.
Ultimately, it sets people up for disappointment when they work hard and well yet do not realize the success they envisioned.
However, it will spawn another generation of self-help and leadership pablum that will suck the money, energy, and hope of another generation of people looking to succeed.
And thus some people will succeed without any work effort or talent or ability or skill.
Also, how does one and who measures success? Is it an athletic director?
UPDATE: My reply to the college
I’m not sure what Joan Cronan’s story is, but I assume it cannot be condensed to a single quote.