“If you send an idiot to a motivational seminar, you get a highly motivated idiot”
I don’t remember the source of the quote, but it’s stuck.
The same goes for technical schools, undergrad, biz school, etc.
Greatness is in the composition of the person and is only augmented by education. We have brilliant employees who didn’t finish college, and brilliant employees with Graduate degrees. I believe the latter would have been brilliant (at something) regardless.
We’ve also all met highly educated people who suck.
In some cases education changes the course of what people excel at. In others it helps round out their tool set. In many cases the greatness was a course set in action independent of outside influence.
Hire and pay well for brilliant people, don’t get hung up on how it was nurtured.