Recently, I had a look at the famous Stanford University lecture that Steve Jobs delivered. The trigger for this post was the mention of that lecture in the book titled ‘That Used to be Us’ by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.
In the lecture, Steve Jobs mentions his experience in Reed college. He mentions that the best things that he did in college was to drop out of it, stay on campus for the next 18 months and attend any course that took his fancy.
Let us read that again – drop out of college, stay on campus for the next 18 months and attend any course that took his fancy.
This is one of the most profound statements in the lecture and not without reason. Not only did it expose Steve to calligraphy, but for the simple reason that tis kind of behaviour is probably not possible in today’s world.
Can you name one college in America or for that matter even in India, that today, will allow people to drop out, but stay on campus and attend any course they like?
It is very important to note that the culture of the 60s and 70s was very different from the culture we have today. What may have been accepted then is many cases is strongly barred.
- Stay hungry…Stat foolish. Amazing Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford with english subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO6cFMRqXqU)
- Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address (with intro by President John Hennessy) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd_ptbiPoXM)