If we go back in time to our school days, we all were united with the subjects that were so different from each other. We learned Arts, Science, Management, Computer, Literature, Politics and so much more together. After school things changed some of us went on and took Science, Some took Arts, Commerce and other fields respectively. I being interested in Writing as well as my liking for Physics kept me engaged with the people who were doing Arts and literary as well as Science fellows who were doing engineering.
What I noticed was diversity in the learning process. In people who did Arts and Science that built an imaginary boundary within themselves. People who did Arts thought science fellows don’t know or have the caliber to see the beauty within an Art or be creative. Likewise, Science graduates thought people who do Arts are no brainers. The ones who are wasting their lives.
So as you could also find this relatable as you might also not be in a close relationship with people from your school who are now in different fields. And due to which you might want to know why there is this diversity? Apparently, I got the answer when I bumped into this book called Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal.
What’s fascinating is the most successful people have or intend to master in multiple fields with their distinct learning process and the fact that can be debated upon in the upcoming paragraphs is, these people achieved success because they never created boundaries to the learning process.
Let’s start with Steve Jobs learning process.
Steve Jobs was a very stubborn person in terms of his learning process. He was an engineering graduate but was always seen inclined towards Arts. It is his interest in calligraphy that led to the idea of typeface which is often confused as font today. The typeface is the design of what content is written while the font is a format and is to a font like songs are to .mp3. If Steve didn’t merge the Art and Science we might have had boring simple texts.
Having no degree in MBA Steve was the most fierce marketer that world looked upon. In every new product launch, Steve knew how to convince the audience. And all his products had a strong merge between Arts and Science. So if you look closely Steve knew Arts, Science, Demographics, Management and many such skills through his learning process that made him successful.
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella
Nadella led some successful project that included the company’s move to cloud computing. The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011. Under Nadella the company that once used to compete with Apple, Salesforce, IBM, and Linux were now working in co-operation. He has also done some big-time acquisitions such as Mojang a Swedish game company known for Minecraft and few other companies namely Xamarin, LinkedIn and then GitHub.
As a result, the stocks tripled by September 2018, with a 27% increase in yearly growth.
If you think you know Satya Nadella as a software tycoon then these facts will make you rethink about calling him, Techie. Nadella pursued his education in Electrical engineering from Manipal Institute of technology India. He did Masters in computer science from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and then MBA from the University of Chicago. His learning process has changed course with his interest and time.
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai who joined Google in 2004, led product management and innovation of Google’s line of products such as Google Chrome, Chrome OS as well as Google Drive. He was also overseeing Gmail and Google Maps. He added Android to the list of Google products and was selected to be the next CEO in 2015.
Pichai was born in Madurai India and the learning curves he took made me believe that learning should have no boundaries for becoming successful. Pichai’s learning process begins with Engineering in Metallurgy from IIT, Kharagpur
Which is a field that is related to the extraction of metal from earth as ore and it’s processing. Masters in Material Science from Stanford University. And MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
And this person’s learning process shook me and I hope to you as well.
In 1499, the Duchy of Milan was attacked by French King Louis XII. Because of the attack a talented and well-settled man loses his job and is forced to travel to Venice. In search of a job, this man meets some rich merchants from Constantinople now referred to as Istanbul. At the time it was ruled by the richest Ottoman Empire and was a highly populated city. During his visit, he found that the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire was in search of a good architect for Constantinople’s infrastructure projects.
Foreseeing an opportunity this man wrote a letter to sultan with an idea for building a bridge over the golden horn river. And his proposal had a design as shown which had no supporting pillars. The proposal was ignored and considered a foolish design as it had no supporting pillars.
Surprisingly after centuries passed this design was noticed and used from one of the museums in Paris. Vebjorn Sand a Norwegian artist was successful in building the bridge as per design principles in the notes proving that the engineer was right all along.
The letter from the notes cited in the end Artist/ Engineer Leonardo da Vinci. Now we all know him as an artist who painted the most talked about painting Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But even with an artistic root, Leonardo was an exemplary engineer who had no boundaries to his learning process.
I want to leave you with these thoughts and would appreciate comments on why education separates us?
When we all are humans, have the highest intellect from all kinds of beings on earth and are often divided by gender, race, and country, Why do we resist from exploring the available learning processes and also fail on becoming top performers in all domains?
Lastly, I would encourage you to read Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal