Billionaires Interesting Perspective on Education
From the first day, we step in school. We are disciplined to work hard, be diligent, and keep focusing on school so we can be successful. If we do that, we believed that we would have a good job, a steady income, and a happy life. But as life goes by, people started realizing that things aren’t that simple. They have a lot of things to keep going while trying to be successful, such as taking care of kids, family feud, or even workplace responsibility.
When humans mature, they started to look back on their life. On their life long journey, there will be good memories and, of course, the bad ones. Maybe they didn’t feel serious enough about their relationship, or the chances they didn’t take were too important to miss out. If we look at it, the problems may stem from the choices they make. And what makes them choose that option is: how their characters are. Unsurprisingly, education plays a huge role in someone’s personality.
Billionaires are what we can define as having a good character. Most of them are hard worker, diligent, and, most importantly, successful. Looking at it, they achieved the goals of schools in general: to be successful. Even so, billionaires view education differently. Some of them think that higher schooling (college) is required, and some of them don’t. There are certainly layers of reason as to why they summarize it like that, and it’s a compelling topic to discuss generally.
Taste All That Is Available on the Plate and Pick One for You to Keep
Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? The CEO of Microsoft famously held the position of The Richest Man of The World. He only dropped the prestigious title for four years, from 1995 to 2017. Bill Gates dropped out of distinguished university, Harvard. Furthermore, His ability to be able to enroll in Ivy League implies his brilliant aptitude in the education field.
Everyone Should Receive Equal Opportunities
Bill Gates believed that education should be feasible for everyone. He invested billions of money trying to improve nationwide learning, as well. Bill Gates’ idea was to enhance school performance by improving test scores. This investment mainly focuses on replicating teaching effectiveness of top schools and trying to implement it on local schools because excellent teachers spark interest and curiosity. Unfortunately, his foundation’s program doesn’t receive much success.
This philanthropist aims to improve college accessibility in lower-income households. Because of that, he motivates teachers and students alike to try achieving opportunities, such as scholarships and giving tuition. This point indicates his noble goal to ensure every people could receive adequate education for the future of nations and, most importantly, mankind’s history.
“If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.”— Bill Gates
Don't Bother With Anything Else and Pick What Drives You Curious
Steven Paul Jobs is widely known as the CEO of Apple Inc. His most influential works are the Graphical User Interface (GUI) that popularized desktop computers, and his invention in telecommunication fields, particularly the iPhone, always set the ongoing trends for the industries. Interestingly, he dropped out of university after one semester because he thinks that college kills creativity. His opinion on formal education always sparks interest as to why he goes for such a blatant assumption.
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
His concept of quality education relies heavily on curiosity. In contrast to Bill Gates, Jobs thinks that curiosity is the best teacher in learning that isn’t taught by formal institutes. Curiosity drives people to learn. It also gives them interest, if worked upon, in subjects that they will master later on. If given enough curiosity, people eventually will be able to use their creativity to provide values for society. Although it seems radical, Steve’s motive for underestimating formal education is somewhat rational.
His curiosity leads him to take a spiritual journey to India because he looked for spiritual enlightenment. After returning from India, he began regularly meditating to clear his mind and made ideas stumble upon him. This unique journey causes domino effects that influence today’s technology. If it isn’t for his curiosity to try something new, Apple products that are popular and revolutionary today may never exist.
“The most important thing is a person. A person who incites your curiosity and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.”— Steve Jobs
If There's No Sunshine, There Is No Rainbow
The co-founder of Alibaba has had an extraordinary journey in his lifetime. His story, from rags to riches, inspires lots of people. Surprisingly, he has a bachelor’s degree in arts and science from Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute. This former English teacher values both intellectual development as well as character development.
Being a Jack of All Trades Is Good Enough
Jack ma’s view on education could be summarized from his famous words. He says, “ I told my son: you don’t need to be in the top three of your class, being in the middle is fine, so long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person has enough free time to learn other skills.” This quote cemented his idea of being good enough at school but still having the time to develop other expertise.
Based on that, this man suggested that school is valuable, but students should know that they must possess other abilities to help them in the future. He signifies that focusing only on school to be a successful person is not the best way to do it. You should develop other ability that is unique and beneficial to others.
“Once in your life, try something. Work hard at something. Try to change. Nothing bad can happen.”— Jack Ma
Education Is a Powerful Tool
Education has been a stepping stone for mankind since ages ago. If we are given a chance to learn something from the future, it will undoubtedly benefit humanity as a whole to choose education. Many successful people have different views on education, but there is something they agreed upon: education is undeniably number-one importance in our lives.
Who do you think has the right idea?
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