Learning, Dropping Out of Stanford & Bold Life Decisions

“Education is not the learning of facts but training the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein

This is a big reason why I dropped out of Stanford before ever completing a homework assignment…

…that was not part of my independent study work with Steve Blank.

I took a gap year after high school and after spending a few weeks on ‘The Farm’, I realized I could train my mind better in the Dojo of the Real World, than I could in their beautifully impressive but rapidly antiquating, de-personalized, industrial era originating Educational Factory.

I do not regret my decision to drop out of Stanford.

In fact, the only times I’ve ever considered returning to Stanford have been in the difficult transition periods after ending projects when I was too weak and too permeable to social influences from some friends and family who pray at the False Altar of Affiliation.

Brand Affiliations are incrementally nice. But they are supplements to one’s path, not meals or milestones.

Hacks are nice though, such as when I realized when I was considering dropping out that “there was way more Effort/Reward in getting into Stanford than getting out.” In hindsight, it was a few essays vs. 4 Years of Sub-Optimal Drudgery.

I could not have gotten to where I am now, as quick as I have, without making bold decisions like trusting my gut to drop out of Stanford within a Quarter.

“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom lies in being Bold” – Robert Frost.

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