Daily Productive Sharing 225 - The Standard Pace Is for Chumps
After that, his life was on a roll. And it was all because he happened to meet Kimo Williams, the owner of a musical instrument store, who told him that the academic system was designed to allow most people to complete their studies, not for those who work extra hard.
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今天的分享中，Derek Sivers 花了两年半就读完了伯克利音乐学院的本科（没错，王力宏也是从那毕业的）。之后他的人生就开挂了。而这一切，都是因为他偶然遇到一位乐器店的老板 Kimo Williams，Kimo 告诉他，学制的设计是为了让大多数人都能完成学业，而不是为了哪些特别努力的人。
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Recently, I talked to a friend who is studying for a PhD in China. He said that their department is basically delaying graduation and only one or two top students can graduate on time. I was urging him to graduate early and get a job, because in my opinion, it is normal to graduate early. I went through this myself and compressed my degree time so much that when I went to pay the tuition for my final year of undergraduate studies, it was like 24 credits or something, and those who had failed and retaken the course in front of me were shocked.
In today's story, Derek Sivers finished his undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music in two and a half years. After that, his life was on a roll. And it was all because he happened to meet Kimo Williams, the owner of a musical instrument store, who told him that the academic system was designed to allow most people to complete their studies, not for those who work extra hard.
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I suspect you can graduate in two years if you understand there’s no speed limit.
I was learning so fast, it felt like the adrenaline rush you get while playing a video game.
Kimo’s high expectations set a new pace for me.
He taught me that “the standard pace is for chumps” — that the system is designed so anyone can keep up.