Zero to One

Zero to One by Peter Thiel is about the the how and why of creating a game-changing company meaning going from zero to one—from nothing to something, instead of going from something to a slightly better something. What a zero-to-one company does is lay claim to an uninhabited stretch of market space in order to create a monopoly. A monopoly, in Thiel’s vocabulary, is not the bad thing we associate with bullies. It’s a good thing that opens up valuable market territory by doing something new. For example the next Bill Gates won’t build and operating system he/she will build something entirely new and unique.

“By the time a student gets to college, he’s spent a decade curating a bewilderingly diverse resume to prepare for a completely unknowable future. Come what may, he’s ready–for nothing in particular.”

I highlighted this quote as soon as I read it because it put into words how I felt about today’s school system. I understand the system is set up to give you basic knowledge, but I don’t think it gives you any insight or ability to specialize your learning if you know the area you want to go in into the future. I was learning more valuable stuff through YouTube in middle and high school then I was in the class rooms. Which to me is sad considering this is the place where your “ability” to get good grades on regurgitating material holds a small stake in what colleges you will be able to further your education in if you choose. Instead of schools being so general I believe once you reach high school it should start becoming like college where your classes are tailored toward the field you want to go into the future, then if you realize that’s not the field for you, you’re not out of a year or two of paying for college.

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