Dad, I Want To Be The Next Steve Jobs….

What if one day your pride and joy who was just admitted to their first choice university told you they wanted to drop out and be like Steve Jobs, what would you say? Chances are you will talk him into going back to school and say how he has plenty of time be an inventor afterwards. So if we wouldn’t let our children follow in Steve Jobs shoes, why do we celebrate him?

Our bipolar attitude towards greatness

The truth is we do not think Steven Jobs is a hero. What I mean by that is that we will definitely try to talk the next Steve Jobs out of being Steve Jobs. Why? Because we only like people who accomplish what Steven Job’s has accomplished in hindsight. The truth is we are dedicated conformist who promote conformity with religious fervor. The sad thing about this is that we raise our kids to be the same way. Sure, we may speak about how great innovative minds like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are, but we will zealously talk our kids out of being anything like that. Instead, we will tell our kids in one breath we expect the world of them but in another we will fiercely guard mediocrity. We as a society are all too happy with the notion of saddling a 22 year old with almost a quarter million dollars in debt, but we wouldn’t dare think it wise to give it an 18 year old Mark Zuckerberg that kind of money. In hindsight, we all like to think that we would have known Mark Zuckerberg would be great one day, but that is not the case at all. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg had a roommate who was suppose to work with him on Facebook but the roommate’s parents talked him out of it and told him to stay in school. I wonder where that guy ended up, no doubt nothing close to anything like Mark Zuckerberg.

Expectations

We like to say that we are an innovative country but once cursory glance of our infrastructure says otherwise. We like to say we think the world of our children, but we literally clip their wings at the first sign that they may think differently from us. We should truly want the best for our children in the truest sense of the word. We should not tell them that we expect them to get old before they get rich. This is exactly what we are saying when we promote college. According to Ray Kurzweil, it is predicted that immortality will be a reality by 2045. The thinking that is going to take us to the new age has to be radically different than what brought us here today. Young people have proven themselves capable of so many great wonderful things. It is not only their ability that we are in desperate needs of, but their fresh perspective. So I beg of you, if your child tells you he wants to be the next Steve Job, help him follow his dream.