In response to The New York Times article entitled Who’s Smarter: Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg? by John Markoff, I made a comparison of two of the world's most successful tech heads or technology leaders, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Bill Gates of Microsoft.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, dropped out of Harvard so he could pursue his vision of improving what used to be thefacebook.com. Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, dropped out from school with the same reason. These two visionaries and achievers followed their dreams and left what which is keeping them from reaching their dreams.
Mark just proved that history repeats itself when he became the second man to drop out of school, next to Bill Gates, whom later became successful. In life, success is not really measured by how much we earn but what we learn. It's not about doing something just for money but doing something that really makes you happy. It would be an icing to the cake if you do both though...
I DO NOT suggest that we drop out of school but if something is standing in the way of realizing our dreams that we know will make us happy, then why stay? Besides, being at school doesn't guarantee that you will learn everything that you will need in life. Being at school doesn't guarantee success later on. We get to pick up the pieces that will help us build our dreams, yes they start at school, we need to learn the basics but then sometimes if it's just delaying us from reaching our dreams, maybe it's about time to move a little faster, dream a little higher and work a little smarter.
Just as my favorite Sidney Sheldon character, Dana Evanston said,
"If something can stop you, you might as well let it go."
The secret to success? Pursue that which is make you happy and don't be afraid to take risks.