On reminiscing why Apple went after the iPad instead of what some industry watchers thought was "the future" in low-priced and under powered netbooks, Phil Schiller commented "Even if the market was going there, we weren't going to chase everybody downhill"
As a kid I can remember many times saying "but everybody else is doing it" to my parents to try and sway them to let me do the same.
I'm sure we've all heard at least once in our lives the common response "if everybody was jumping off a cliff, would you jump too?"
Individuality is a key to an enjoyable life. Unfortunately in many of today's assembly-line or cubicle dwelling jobs in Corporate America, individuality isn't always cherished and standardized tests move schools towards teaching us how to sit still and follow the pack.
Our current system of teaching kids to sit in straight rows and obey instructions isn’t a coincidence—it was an investment in our economic future. The plan: trade short-term child-labor wages for longer-term productivity by giving kids a head start in doing what they’re told.
Large-scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system. ~ Seth Godin
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~ Michelangelo