My ivory tower? Did you even read my earlier post. I didn't go to a top-ranked school. This is the comment I took issue with:
We can be just as successful as those who graduated from HYS, we just probably have to work a lot harder. If you really want it, you will not be aversed to doing so.
You see, I'm not one of those guys who say you'll end up in a homeless shelter if you go to a T4. But I'm also not one of those people that say you can graduate from a T4 and be just as successful as someone who went to a T14 if you just work hard enough. If you believe that garbage, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. The fact of the matter is, you can graduate from a lower ranked school, work your butt off, maybe get an okay job right out of the gate if you're lucky, and then make a decent wage after a few years practicing if you keep up the hard work (and maybe even enjoy what you're doing for a living.) That's the reality. There's nothing wrong with that reality and the sooner you accept it, the less heartache you'll have to deal with.
Also, the mayor of LA never passed the bar:http://www.laalmanac.com/government/gl12.htm