Take a look at table below, some of the most well known names of computer world
We are aware of most of these names and their companies, but it is amazing to note that they are all born in 1954 and 1955.
Was it in the stars conditions then that all the great computer wizards were born in 1954-1955? Let us explore more and look at some other facts.
Computer technology matured in 1970’s; IC and microprocessor resulted into size of computers to reduce from a size of room to a size of a table. They started becoming cheaper, more energy efficient and reliable. And first consumer computers came into market at around 1974, 1975.
Around the time of 1975, all these pioneers were of twenty plus something age. They were neither into jobs nor too young in schools.
They were actually in some of the best colleges like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford, etc. These colleges were in forefront of technology advancements.
Being born at the right time provided an advantage to all these greatly talented people. They were introduced to technologies in early years and developed mastery on it before it became big in consumer market. (Some of them were from well off families and had been introduced to the computer technologies by their parents in their teens and had spent considerable amount of time with computers.)
All of these people had a talent and smartness to identify big changes these new technologies could bring in the world. And so many of them dropped out of their colleges and started the companies in the college itself. Rest is the history which we all are aware of well.
Talent and tremendous efforts played a huge role in the phenomenal success achieved by these people. But it is not the only factor which resulted into such a huge success; it is always the combination of many factors.
Had the technology matured 5-8 years early or late, do you still think this success would have been possible for them? (Imagine they at age of 13/14 getting into computers business or after doing a job for 5-8 years)
Had they been born in some other part of the world or attended some other colleges would they been even introduced to the world of computers?
I won’t say it is a pure luck for them, in the words of Steve Jobs it is the dots getting connected for them. The dots got connected for all of them and most of those dots are due to factors not related to them and not by them. Some are based on conditions, time they were born, colleges they were in and friends they had.
Not for everyone dots will get connected, like this; but with decent talent and tremendous efforts one can still have happy and successful life. But may not be the phenomenal success of this magnitude.
As a parent best we can do is, introduce the dots for our kids and as many as we can. Sports, Technologies, Music, Dance , etc….Then let kids decide which one they take liking to, how the dots connects in the future what picture they form and for whom among all it actually connect………..will be the story of their life.