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Today, my father told me, "Just go for it and give it a try! You don't have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic." MMT

#122 (11) - Aug 8, 2009 by MrGong - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (14679) - No, that made me sleepy. (1011)



amen. college degrees aren't everything, sure they help sometimes but it all comes down to how badly you want something.

Awesome and true! Besides, all you do once you get out of college is learn to "unthink" what you learned. Go for it and feel alive or don't and live with regret.

Um....while the sentiment is a good one, the statement made is entirely false. Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Co-founders of Google) both graduated from Stanford with Masters' degrees in electrical and computer engineering... And Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple) graduated from Berkeley...

Well, not entirely. Steve Jobs, (still) the CEO of Apple, dropped out of Stanford. Wozniak doesn't work there anymore, at least not in any major capacity (still technically on the payroll, he teaches high school). I graduated from College. The best things I found at college were an understanding of people, and my Fiancee. Both priceless. :)

Indeed, both Page and Brin were Ph.D. students at Stanford (whose computer science department is second to none); Page's thesis advisor was Terry Winograd, pre-eminent in the field of artificial intelligence. Google's founders were amateurs in that they weren't paid professionals, but both had sterling credentials in computer science, earned at top schools.

While I agree with the people that the Google founders and Apple founders did indeed graduate from college, I am pretty sure that's not what this MMT statement is debunking. When discussing that amateurs started Google and Apple I believe it is referring to people that are innovators, people that delved into something that was never tried before, something never attempted and something that no one thought would ever work. In that aspect they were amateurs, amateurs that did not necessarily have a direction, did not have the answers to all their questions and certainly did not know the outcome, only a drive and a passion.

either way, this statement is ripped off the old saying "The ark was built by amateurs, but professionals built the Titanic"

The titanic wasn't necessarily poorly made, it was a user error that caused it's demise. I've always hated quotes like that. Because even the best people can't necessarily make a product that is entirely indestructible even when misused. I mean... apple product are breakable. Quite easily breakable.

yeah and the dude who had the idea for a mail service to ship overnight or 2 days wrote a paper for it, he failed it and his teacher told him, "ha, that'll never work", whatd he do? he freaking made it happen and now its ridiculous to think it was ever thought as impossible..

Yeah, except for one thing. The brains behind the product. These men were and are ambitious innovators in their area's , are you? Probably not, otherwise you wouldn't need your father to motivate you.

Very true!............. but so is the comment above

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