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Mukundarajan V N

Hello @Mukundarajan V N

Thanks for you comment and sharing your thoughts. Even though the point you have made is valid, I would like to differ to the thought that following the passion and dreams is a luxury that only financially strong families can afford.

Gaining specialized knowledge in any field doesn’t always require money. It requires the dedication and willingness to attain it. That willingness will come only if the child is made to believe that he has the potential to improve in the field of his interest.

One of my uncles who dropped out of school after class 10th began working in a local factory . His job description was to wipe the machines in that factory. He gained the knowledge about those machines while working there and today owns 5 companies himself. If a person has the aptitude for learning nothing can stop him. The problem is education has become more of a stress than inspiration.

Also it’s not like our society doesn’t appreciate talent and always looks at the drop outs with contempt.

If that was the case, people like Sachin Tendulkar, Dhirubhai Ambani, Shahrukh Khan , M.S Dhoni wouldn’t have been worshiped by our society.

Only problem here is, we give these famous people the status of God, super stars and legends so that we can sit in our comfort zones and say that we can never be like them. By doing so we fool no one but ourselves. We tell our kids, don’t play cricket you are not Sachin Tendulkar, don’t sing you are not Lata Mangeshkar, don’t do business you are not Ambani. I ask why?? Who are we to decide that? What if we might have deprived the world from knowing a great personality because of such narrow minded attitude.

This is not just the issue with poor society but I would say 99% of people are of this mentality. The 1% who dare to think outside the box win the game.

If securing the job is the only criteria for the financially poor people, then looking at the insane competition today, is there any guarantee that they will get a decent paying job after all? There is a possibility that they might still be unemployed with a fancy degree in hand and no other skills to fall back on. Also what about the poor kids with learning disability? What is the hope for them if getting the degree is the only target they are forced to achieve?

So if getting the job in today’s competitive world is as uncertain as getting success in something we are passionate about why not follow the other route instead of following the herd?

I am not trying to imply that everyone should drop out of schools and follow their passion. However the moment the learning becomes a fear instead of motivation one should reflect on the priorities and goals.

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