i was lucky enough to be identified as gifted from an early age. unfortunately almost no one in the school district realized that gifted kids need special education too. "Smart kids don't need any help" is the conventional wisdom. So i coasted along, piling up easy A's on test, but every year or two i'd wind up with a low or worse due to poor work habits and effort. A succession of dumbass guidance counselors all concluded "hey, maybe if we challenge ky even LESS, he'll somehow learn to focus on it more!"
what i learned was that i could coast by with minimal effort, doing the bare minimum necessary. and that's what i've been doing ever since.