Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin

Think of yourself at the age of four – you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet. Then you were a scientist. And by the time you were twelve, if you had a lemonade stand, you were an entrepreneur. Nobody needed to force you to do all these things. Yet, where did all these passions go along the way? Suddenly, all we want is a steady work, something that smooths out the bumps, maybe a nice retirement package.

Have you ever asked yourself a question what is school for?

‘Stop stealing dreams’ by Seth Godin is a brilliant book that provokes just that question. And you can download it absolutely for free. Many words in this post are Seth’s, not mine. They were so damn good and spot on, that I didn’t want to miss the point.

Maybe we were taught the wrong stuff at school? The genuine love of reading itself, when cultivated, is a superpower. Yet, we spent hours and hours being exposed to fiction and literature, and, believe it or not, majority of us will not read a single book for the rest of our lives. How come? Maybe as soon as we associate reading a book with taking a test, the charm is gone?

Fit in, follow instructions, take good notes, show up every day, learn for tests and don’t miss deadliness, have good handwriting, punctate, don’t challenge authority, get into college, have a good resume, don’t fail, be a generalist, once you learn a topic just move on.

Which of these attributes are key to success and happiness?

Probably none.

So, what is school for?

For those of you who have kids… – read this book from cover to cover, and remember, that you have only one chance to raise your children properly…