Look, I don't want to discourage Harvard-grade America (or anyplace else for that matter), but here goes. I'm a 4.0 student. Big hairy deal, man. The GPA doesn't make a man, the content of his soul and character does. In a co-worker, in a fellow man, I look firstly for character and secondly for intelligence. Same goes for members of the opposite sex.
Sure, the cat's smart- but will he work for you? As a member of the GT program (the musical side, by the way, is largely wasted when you only learn theory), I've seen a lot of my compatriots go to seed and get sloppy. Results aren't pretty. I'd rather have smart and motivated than smart and lazy any day. Work little, gain little. Work hard, gain much more, morally and physically, than you could have hoped for. It can be slow in coming, but it comes.
"It's a whole lot better to go up the river with 7 studs than a 100 ****heads." Charlie Beckwith, founder of Delta Force
Hope that clears things up for you; your father has the right idea, and I hope you're learning from him.
Screwing over bureaucratic organizations, one paper tiger at a time.
Trespassers will be shot and fed to the dogs.