When I was a young child, I would tell people that I wanted to be an inventor. Over the years, this evolved into various types of builders, scientists and finally software engineers. I eventually realized that all of this meant one thing: changing the world for the better by creating - and my calling.
About three months ago, shortly before I graduated from high school, I made up my mind that higher education had no place in my future and promptly added it to my 'regrets' notepad - a list of things that I can come back to when I doubt myself because of hardships to remember decisions that I might regret later on. I have become convinced that the education system dissuades people from embracing themselves and the fullness of their lives. The time since then has been a roller coaster with very few people truly supporting me and many outright telling me that I am a failure. But I remind myself that Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Henry Ford and many more can't credit any portion of their successes to formal education but rather to their own initiative and work.
Personally, I have found that the people who achieve are those who have a deep desire to and are willing to put in the work. As Tyrell Wellick put it in Mr.Robot, "The actual will to take is often the only thing that's necessary." This may be slightly extreme but it does reflect the point that I am trying to make. I am setting out betting on my own individuality, desires, intellect and will to work over 110-hour weeks to see my goals come to fruition.
I have now left behind Switzerland to one day become the most successful tech CEO in history and decided to set aside some of my time to document my thoughts and progress as I begin my journey at Recurse center so that in the future I may come back and reflect on them.