I thought it would be good to connect the most important aspects I have discovered so far- for sure, some new will follow soon- finally that is what I’ll do in the following text, at the same time I would like to reflect my work with this theme.
When I started reading “The Right Stuff” -to be honest- I had no really idea what would expect me there. For sure I thought about the right stuff for success, probably also that he would mention some skills people should have, but I thought about skills like math etc. again…
But then Friedman started his chapter with ‘to learn how to learn’, in addition he explained that it is equal which class you take- it is just important that you have got the right teacher giving you the motivation to start love learning and so ‘to learn how to learn’. He goes on with navigation in the world wide web , moreover that it is important to decide wether this source is trustful or not – aspects where I totally agree with him.
The next part of his chapter was a little bit confusing. What is PQ, what is CQ and why didn’t I heard about this before, when he tells me that this is more important than IQ? In this part of the chapter I got to know the ‘Passion Quotient’, the ‘Curiosity Quotient’ and the ‘Intelligence Quotient ‘(but of this one I of course already heard of before!;-)). His theory was risky and it activated me to do research about it and this again took me to Virender Kapoor. “The Greatest Secret of Success” is the title of the book this man has written. My curiosity was roused – I tried to get this book but my navigation skill told me that this website does not look really trustful and I was shocked because something happened to me, which had never happened before: You can’t find this on amazon.de and also google didn’t show me a website which looks more serious…But while I am writing this, I think I’ll ask tomorrow in a bookstore, because this book seems to very very interesting. Oh, just to mention this at this time again:This book deals also with the topic that passion and curiosity matter more than Intelligence. A discussion came up on my blog with jeylay and lemontree with the conclusion that passion and curiosity are very important, but that intelligence is the basis for this. It would be very interesting to hear who Virender Kapoor argues to base his theory.
Friedman is also talking about a many-sided education in “Stressing Liberal Arts”. There he quotes a speech of Steve Jobs at the Stanford university. And I was impressed of the background of Steve Jobs, but I didn’t mentioned it before – so maybe now is the right moment.
Steve Jobs biological mother was very young , that is the reason why she decided to put him for adoption. Her condition was that the ‘new parents’ have to be graduated from college, so that he will go one day to college too. She chose a lawyer and his wife but “at the last minute” before he was born they decided that they want a daughter not a son. Finally he was adopted by non college-granduates and they had to promise that he will go one day to college – otherwise she would refuse the adoption. They did and Jobs chose later on a collage which was very expensive, but after a few months the noticed that it doesn’t make any sense to spend there for him:
“After six moths, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life.”
Then he dropped out. His life became harder from now on but he could “stop taking the required classes” he wasn’t interested in. And for this he slept on the floor in friend’s rooms and returned coke bottles to get money for something to eat. But he never regretted that he followed his intention and curiosity. This took him into calligraphy classes and this – as we now- brought him later on to his success and also the company ‘Apple’.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future, You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the differences in my life.”
Steve Jobs was such a successful person, but before I have read this, I had no idea of his background, still he is very impressive. Moreover that he reached his goals by trusting in his heart.
The first analysis of “The Right Stuff” demonstrated me his argumentation strategy : To remove the distance between him and the audience. Finally this is what he does with a really effecting motive: childhood. That was the reason I quoted him with this firetruck thing. Because he had success with this in my case, I really often thought about this sentence and about the ‘childlike feeling’ we have to rediscover.
Further I also found some childlike feeling in the movie “Outsourced” we watched in class and about which I wrote a movie review. From the moment on Todd starts to engage in the country, or when he starts to do what he wants to do at “Holi” he feels fine and it feels like being home somehow. Or when you take a look at his employees : From the moment on where their could design their place of work how they want(bring some personal stuff etc.) they worked better.
At least I did again some research about passion and curiosity and today this took me to Albert Einstein: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” This quotation was another proof for what I have learned from Friedman. To come to a conclusion until today I have to say that I totally agree with what Friedman mentioned in this chapter and that my own research just brings other proofs for what Friedman already has said.