Notes for the Student

I just came across this video not too long ago. And the first thing I want to say is CONGRATULATIONS! to Stanford for choosing someone without a college degree to give the Commencement Address at such a prestigious university and what an excellent example of someone with personal drive & success. Second, I am a Steve Jobs (Apple) fan so I thought you should know that, too. However, this is not about promoting Apple or anything, but this is about what Steve had to say about college and life as he shares some wonderfully valuable information.

Here is the video:

He shares his advice through 3 stories:

  1. Connecting the Dots
  2. Love & Loss
  3. Death

While the stories are great and interesting to hear regarding his personal hardships & successes in life, I think it’s the ‘bottom-line’ so to speak that is the most moving to me. Having this info early in life would be great for anyone and I only discovered it when “connecting the dots” in hindsight as well.

  • “don’t waste it living someone else’s life”
  • “Don’t be trapped by dogma.”
  • “don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
  • “have the courage to follow your heart & intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
As a college graduate or not, the above is superbly utilitarian in my opinion. And knowing that Steve understood that college wasn’t really “going to help him”figure it out, I wonder if he might have an idea to help our Educational system? I think it would be exciting to hear him expound his ideas regarding education if he has any, purely as someone who has followed his “heart,” successfully.
Undoubtedly, I come up with so many questions for Steve, the education system, etc. which I’ll keep to my self for this post. Yet, one thing is for sure. Learning to think for oneself and avoid the “trap” of dogma is great. And do you think that I share that with my classical students? You bet. Being trained for a job in the 19th Century is all about following the dogma unfortunately, and technologically speaking of course. šŸ˜‰ And in contrast, I try to expose them to some interesting ideas and tools to put those musical skills to use in ways that I haven’t even thought about; only they can do this if they allow themselves to do so.
Thanks for reading!

About mikecrain

Educator Composer Percussionist; Advocate for Humanity, Music & Art; living a Balanced Life Passionately with a Zen & Taoist approach
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