to drop-out or not to drop-out – what would Steve and Mark do?

angle A:
if Steve jobs didn’t quit university he would never have founded apple & pixar. and if mark zuckerberg didn’t quit university, he would never have been able to grow facebook.

angle B:
if Steve jobs never went to university, he would never have met his started the mac project with his partner who created the Mac. if mark zuckerberg never went to university, he would’ve never have been exposed to the exclusive clubs, he would never have gotten the idea for facebook, and he would never have had the clubs spread it the explosive way that they did.

in other words, according to history: stay in university until you’re actually working on a project that takes all of your time. but history isn’t really a way to predict the future.

for me, it doesn’t really matter where you are, nor what you’re doing. what matters is where you are at a certain point in time, and what are you doing during that point time.

every once in a while a train passes by. to catch it, you have be at the train stop exactly when it stops, and you have to actually leave everything behind and get on the train. and that might feel scary, but if you don’t get on the train, then you chose to miss out. don’t blame life.

so I would say, don’t use your mind. use your guts. do what intuitively feels right, no matter what everyone around you is saying. and if you do that, you have my support, whether you choose to drop out or not.

yours, will.

twitter: @williamchoukeir

p.s. to find out what the fear does and how to overcome it: the endless cycle of inventing projects and postponing decisions, and what to do about it.


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10 Responses to to drop-out or not to drop-out – what would Steve and Mark do?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Will. This is directly link to the fear of decisions note.

  2. Karim says:

    This touches the heart. I’m loving your notes, Will.

  3. Anonymous says:

    wow! thanks karim, this means so much to me.

  4. Samer N says:

    Interesting post Will, however, there’s a small inaccuracy in there: <blockquote>if Steve jobs never went to university, he would never have met his partner who created the Mac</blockquote>According the book iWoz, Wozniak met Steve Jobs when Jobs was still in high school.

  5. Anonymous says:

    thanks samer: fixed it in the note 🙂 i love community work. no one has to do a lot of work :-)of course you get that the point isn’t in the story itself (it’s based on a lot of assumptions, or "if"s.) it’s what i take away from it that interests me.loving your interaction.

  6. Ahmad Osman says:

    Well actually this reminded me of something our Tango instructor once told us, us the guys, ‘Always keep in mind a scheme while dancing a girl. Have your body listening to what hers has to say, because she might want to suggest something different than your scheme, but until she does, have a scheme’.

  7. Anonymous says:

    that’s an amazing analogy ahmad! tango & dropping out of uni. wow!

  8. Pamela says:

    William , loving those notes !!!! glad the list is long, still got many to read

  9. Habib Rahmeh says:

    willzi love ! i stumbled upon this note and thank you for sharing it :)it is sooo true :Di dropped my masters 🙂 and it feels great !PS: i wont read other notes until the week end where i can really focus on them :)love

  10. Anonymous says:

    pamela, habib. thanks you so much. you’re both beautiful.habibi, i’m so happy for you! dance is waiting for you 😀

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