Richard Branson: Average people do not happen!

Famous entrepreneur sir Richard Branson — the meaning and purpose of education.

"It is time to understand that there is no such thing as the average person, and cease to measure themselves by arbitrary lines, not in any way based on human nature."

I totally agree with this statement of Professor Todd rose, author of the new book The End of Average, which is using scientific and mathematical discoveries proves that it is impossible any meaningful way to assess people by means of statistical averaging. I say again and again: there is in us nothing of the average, and if we continue to judge ourselves only by our ability to fit in somewhere, we fail to become truly outstanding people.

In the book rose is an example from the experience of the U.S. air force. The air force in the 1950's decided to study why so many pilots are difficult to control their planes. It turned out that it's not a bug, and how to construct the control panel: they were designed for "average" pilot 1920-ies.

The air force specialists measured 4,000 pilots in 10 parameters. They hoped that most would fit into the "norm" in most settings. It turned out that the profile of the "average" pilot does not fit anybody. "Developing the cab for the average person, we focused on a non-existent person", — said rose. Then the air force has developed a new device of a cabin, allows you to adjust the seat position — now this innovation we take for granted.

The concept of "average" takes us in many different aspects of our lives, especially in education. I myself at school was absolutely worthless student. I didn't fit in, couldn't fit, and considered himself lazy and stupid.

I didn't see any sense to continue her education and left school at 16. But then something happened: I started to study entrepreneurship, and I no longer had to focus on the fact that I was not interested. I focused on what I saw, the sense that I was attracted to. My mind opened, and after it has expanded my world.

"The tyranny of the medium means that we allow ourselves to put himself in the frame of stereotypes, trying to fit into someone else's idea of who we should be, says rose. — When we cease to compare themselves with a non-existent middle, doors will open for us".

Today I seek clarity, not available to many people in understanding the trends of the oil market or the difficulties of the fight against drugs. When I think about it, I can't believe that I was taught in such a conformist system. I worry that this system still operates today.

We need to find the analogue of a custom chair for education. When the education system is built on the concept of "the average learner", we are not able to find and nurture talent. Einstein is credited with this phrase: "Each of us is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, she will hold in confidence that she's stupid."

My marks in school have painted a pretty bleak picture. If I gave her too much importance, I would never try to achieve something or succeed in something. I'm not alone: John.To. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and many other successful people also once did not fit into the system. So it's time to put an end to all average. Why try to fit in somewhere, if we are born to be special?


P. S. And remember, just changing your mind — together we change the world! ©

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