That gift is the uncanny ability to make the wrong choice almost 100% of the time.
They usually don’t climb very high in their careers because in a capitalistic, competitive environment, they tend to self-identify and are isolated or expunged from the business. In an environment where success and achievement are rewarded, repetitively making bad calls is frowned upon.
They are useful because you know that the right decision is to do exactly the opposite of what they want you to do…they are sort of the canary in the coal mine for a business.
These people are typically called “ex-employees”.
But not to worry – there is a safe haven for people with this gift. It is a special, magical place called “government”. In this “government”, people with these amazing talents are rewarded with elected office, appointments to ambassadorships, lifetime jobs in the bureaucracy and top level cabinet positions.
Anchored in this safe harbor, these people can achieve dizzying heights of power and financial recompense. They have absolute job security and have access to security and benefits that people in the private sector can only dream about…and retirement, well the retirement plans are the best! Typically funded by other people, they can be pretty sweet!
Perhaps the greatest benefit is that being wrong is seen as a badge of honor and evidence of a superior intellect! Make a stupid pronouncement – it is the listeners fault for not being smart enough to comprehend it. Send a moronic tweet in response to a tragedy – get a pat on the back for understanding the Power of Hashtag! Make the wrong economic call – get invited to dinners with Paul Krugman and the editorial board of the New York Times! Foreign policy disaster? Don’t worry – you will still rake in $200K per speech once you hit the rubber chicken dinner tour!
These special people who miraculously succeed by failing have a name, too.
These people are called “Democrats”.