For African Students, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Are Not Dropouts!

For African Students, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Are Not Dropouts!

I wrote a piece on why people should focus on fixing processes which lead to underperformance instead of going into self-pity on the outcomes.

If you made 2.2 after working hard, you would be fine in your career. But if you made 3rd class because you did not have discipline or work hard, nothing will change in your life until you fix that process issue. Your problem is not the grade but the Process that resulted to the grade.

One commenter noted on LinkedIn: “Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped out so why bother……tell them to learn the principles of money management and take a chill pill”.

For that comment, I respond as follows:

The secondary school Mark Zuckerberg attended is better than what most universities in the world offer to their students. His limited time in Harvard University is more than what most bachelor degree programs offer in Nigerian universities in quality in 4-5 years. The same goes for Bill Gates. My point is this: if you combine the quality of the secondary school and limited university education of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, anyone that argues they dropped out of university in Africa needs a needs a recalibration. Sure – they dropped out but they indeed “graduated” if you benchmark with our standards.

I wish Nigerian kids can “dropout”, well informed and prepared like Mark and Bill.

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