By this time you must have been motivated or surprised to know about these college or school dropouts who are the game changers.Many successful people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison etc. they choosed to leave school and follow their passion in their chosen field.
This trend has been glamorized at the moment, graduating school and university have become the norm, the stories of maverick business tycoons have sparked a non-conformist attitude in young entrepreneurs.
There’s an ongoing debate among entrepreneurs as to whether college is worth it. These are the four reasons why school isn’t a perfect fit for entrepreneurs
The school have lots theory, but less action
Truly, schools have gotten better in theory & knowledge, but for the most part, the little practicable learning provided is still done in a heavily controlled environment. Alan Sugar an English business magnate once said “you can’t learn business out of a book. The most important thing is what experience you’ve amassed.” The more real world action you take, the wiser you become and the more opportunities there are for you. A controlled learning environment simply doesn’t support that.
Education is mainly based around the theory. By definition, you learn the ‘principles on which the practice of an activity is based.’ The schooling method is to learn for years and years, then when you finally reach adulthood, implement. By that time, due to disinterest and the fact you probably crammed for every exam, you would have forgotten most of what you had learned.
The proper way is to put theory into practice as you learn. You wouldn’t learn to drive or play guitar without doing it! Its simple trial and error, review and repeat process. That’s what successful people do; they try something and if it fails they learn from it. Which is probably why Mark Zuckerberg ‘failed’ at elementary school.
Steve Job said, “School was at fault for trying to make me memorize stupid stuff rather than stimulating me.” When you have a desire to create something or make a difference, there is no time for debating, analyzing and pondering.
The test results become judgment for Failure or Success
During our time at school and university, our success is based on test results. Due to this, the level and quality of your qualifications can have a huge impact on your career, if you choose the employee route.
The mixture of test results and subsequent qualifications are a recipe for self-doubt and dissatisfaction. Independent and driven individuals refuse to be scared into going down a path they are not passionate just because it’s the ‘realistic’ option.
Instead, they see failure as a positive thing, a tool for learning and analyzing to improve their methods. If Thomas Edison was given the task of creating the light bulb as a school project rather than out of his own initiative, would he have tried so many times, or even have been allowed to keep trying after so many failed attempts?
The saying “don’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree” springs to mind. School determines students’ success in a narrow range of abilities, but successful people judge themselves on their ability to persevere in doing what they love, not what they’re told to do.
School didn’t create leaders but follower
School should be a platform for students to discover and learn about their passions to create high performing individuals, and ultimately, leaders. It’s currently a platform to create followers, here meaning employee.
Successful people develop at a young age to be independent learners because the school cannot stimulate their curiosity. Thomas Edison was seen as hyperactive and prone to distraction at school, deemed as ‘difficult.’ He went on to be home-schooled and very quickly developed a ‘voracious appetite for knowledge a process for self-education and learning independently.’
Leaders seek knowledge to fuel their ambition. They do not bode well being fed selective information. Steve Jobs is a perfect example of this, as explained by the Dean of students at his university: ‘He refused to accept automatically received truths, and he wanted to examine everything himself.’
Followers are people who accept what they are told and do what they are told to do. Leaders, like Steve Job, develop their own opinions and use them to influence others.
School don’t have anything to make student find themselves
Successful people never act on what is expected of them. They act on what they believe in and on what they are passionate about. Social ladders and school’s expectations can force a student into becoming someone they’re not. Successful people know exactly who they are and what they want.
In the biography, Richard Branson states about his school, ‘your reputation – and ability to avoid being picked on – is helped enormously by your ability to score a goal.’ He was side-lined because he couldn’t play sports and wasn’t good academically.
The pressure to submit to social norms are likely to create average performers because students tend to submit to school rules and their friends despite their beliefs, in order to be accepted. This hinders them from releasing their full potential.
In a letter to Richard Branson’s father, he wrote ‘anything I do in life I want to do well and not half-heartedly.’ He pursued what he was passionate about despite what was expected of him. That kind of behavior is how individuals defy what is accepted and change the world.
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