Sebastian Thrun — German Scientist born on May 14, 1967,

Sebastian Thrun is an educator, programmer, robotics developer and computer scientist from Germany. He is CEO and cofounder of Udacity, an institution he cofounded with David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky. He was a Google VP and Fellow, and a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University... (wikipedia)

It's important to celebrate your failures as much as your successes. If you celebrate your failures really well, and if you get to the motto and say, 'Wow, I failed, I tried, I was wrong, I learned something,' then you realize you have no fear, and when your fear goes away, you can move the world.
I have a strong disrespect for authority and for rules. Including gravity. Gravity sucks.
I ultimately got into robotics because for me, it was the best way to study intelligence.
Most rules that you think are written in stone are just societal. You can change the game and really reach for the stars and make the world a better place.
If we study learning as a data science, we can reverse engineer the human brain and tailor learning techniques to maximize the chances of student success. This is the biggest revolution that could happen in education, turning it into a data-driven science, and not such a medieval set of rumors professors tend to carry on.