The obstacles make the man
The death of Steve Jobs brings us back to June 12, 2005 when Stanford University, on the occasion of the delivery of degree parchments, it could hear the speech by the head of Apple, who had left the University. Isn’t a contradiction. The expensive college didn’t seem to provide him an opportunity, and not even the clarity to understand his vocation.
Following curiosities and interests made his way to unexpected results. The skills acquired free were, some time later, a practical application in his life. Everything happens for a reason. Drop out of college to find new life elsewhere has created a ramification of events on a global scale. Even behind the paradox of being laid off by created company, though lost, he discovered the presence of a superior design: "The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again." Wrapped in creativity he founded NeXT, Pixar (that created the first computer animated film, Toy Story) and with his wife, another great 'holding': family. In quality of avid reader of the newspaper "The whole earth catalog," he recalls the maximum of the last no.: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Firmly convinced that the failures are the best place for forced to think differently and creatively, Jobs claimed that there was no reason not to follow our heart, "Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown out our inner voice. We must have the courage to follow our heart and intuition. They know what we really want to become". Commit us to his message continues to thrive among young people.
The Rectors/Deans tells fables when stating the capacity of the University to train competitive youngs. Still, sometimes we feel compassion for the student who flew over the area of study instead of studying it. Since one student has the ability to determine which teaching is "profitable" for his training? And since he/she know what thing will take to meet the challenges imposed by the world of work? It’s well known that many are used to study a little and less they try to do it, they feel it so hard and so difficult to concentrate. But humor them is a badly: off creativity, reduces the flame of insight and preclude the opportunity to discover their real vocation. History, art, novels, films and Steve Jobs teach us that the presence of an obstacle is the necessary condition to harden. Are the obstacles to embellish path and goal. A training institution should encourage students to cope with the difficulties and not make soften it. Or abandon them. Support and advice are essential, but we must give them the desire to assert themselves and not make them crippled.
Source: "La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno", an italian newspaper, October 11, 2011, p. 24.