At a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple Computers addressed graduating students, telling them how he struggled with college and eventually dropped out after six months. Jobs decided to form Apple with his partner Steve Wozniak, and after a decade of hard work, they had established a company that completely revolutionized computer technology on a global level.
There is no doubt that the contribution Steve Jobs made to society, on a global level, was priceless. The fact that he struggled academically and eventually decided to leave college, did not act as a deterrent to his success and positive contributions. Jobs’ is simply one example of an individual who did not excel academically, yet made an invaluable contribution to society- there are numerous other examples throughout history.
Academic training and coursework undoubtedly provide people with a valuable skill set, which in turn allows them to succeed professionally, and subsequently make positive contributions to their community. However, the assertion that people who underachieve academically make no contribution to society is unreasonable and unfair.
Certain people have an aptitude to flourish and thrive in a structured, academic environment. These people often move on to have successful lives and careers. However, it is important to note that academic achievement is not the sole reason for their success. Focus, determination, and passion are key factors that lead to success. Without these qualities, even an academically successful person can find himself directionless, making no real, positive contribution to the society or community around him.
On the other hand, there are equally bright people who feel restricted and helpless in structured, academic environments. They need to have a certain degree of flexibility and freedom that allows them to express their thoughts and ideas. They pursue their goals and ambitions with a degree of focus,...