“And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”- Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement address (June 12, 2005)
Recently I read in a local news about actor and director Rashidi Ishak, 39, who was among thousands of students graduated at Universiti Putra Malaysia's (UPM) 35th convocation ceremony.
The news stated, It’s took Rashidi 13 semesters to successfully obtain a Bachelor Degree in Communications via executive programme as he enrol as a part time student.
Rashidi success reminded me the story of Steven Spielberg completed his bachelor's degree in 2002, after 33 years he dropped out to start his film career.
Steven Spielberg may be one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood history, a self-made billionaire with Oscars, but for the last three decades he has cherished the one thing that eluded him -- a college degree.
The legendary director enrolled at the university's Long Beach campus in 1965 but left the school three years later to pursue what he hoped would be a successful professional career in filmmaking. The following year his 22-minute short film, was shown at the Atlanta Film Festival, which led to his becoming the youngest director ever to be signed to a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio.
He sealed his fame with Jaws and went on to direct ET, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan amongst a galaxy of other hits. His Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park series have broken box office records.
He already has five honorary doctorates, one of it bestowed upon him by Yale University but what he really wanted was a humble bachelor's degree.
He said his parents were the motivation behind his wish to graduate and wanted to accomplish this for many years as a 'thank you' to his parents for giving me the opportunity for an education and a career.
With all the success Spielberg was still determined to demonstrate his regard for college education by completing his degree. The time he put into completing his degree now when he is extraordinarily successful sends a very important message to young people. His return to school is a strong statement about the value of a university education.
Note:- I am an "old dog"... You cannot teach an old dog with new tricks...