While enjoying my same-breakfast-every-morning (chopped fruit/granola/blueberries/cottage cheese) and same-drink-every-morning (coffee with some fatty milk) and reading my same-paper-every-morning (the New York Times, dead-tree edition), I read David Brooks' column titled An Economy of Grinds.
If you go to business conferences, you know that at lunch it is definitely better to be seated next to a prince than a grind.
Princes, who can be male or female, are senior executives at major corporations. They are almost always charming, smart and impressive. They’ve read interesting books. They’ve got well-rehearsed takes on the global situation. They can drop impressive names as they tell you about their visits to the White House, Moscow or Beijing. If you’re having lunch or dinner with a prince, you’re going to have a good time.
Grinds, on the other hand, tend to have started their own company or their own hedge fund. They’re often too awkward to work in a large organization and too intense to work for anybody but themselves.
Ummm……..I nervously glanced to see if my picture was next to the Grind paragraph.
In any case, it's an interesting read, which you can fetch here.