4 minute lesson
Tom Scholz went from being an engineer to playing music in front of thousands of screaming fans.
The band BOSTON was formed in Boston, Massachusetts, during the 1970s. They gained popularity right after their first single, More Than a Feeling was released, and their self titled album generated 3 Top 40 hits, bringing in more than 17 million dollars in sales—making the album the biggest selling debut in rock history.
But before all of this, BOSTON’s guitarist, Tom Scholz, was working at Polaroid after getting his masters degree in engineering from MIT.
So, how do you go from engineer to rockstar? Here’s Tom telling his story for NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.
You never know how whatever you’re doing right now in life will make new opportunities possible for you in the future. Innovate with the circumstances you find yourself in. Use them. Keep your eyes open for the opportunities that use your unique set of skills!
What we think our future will look can with every person, skill, and hobby we pick up along the way. New doors will continue to open, your interests will always be piqued, and suddenly, if you are paying attention, the path you’ve laid out for yourself can take a surprise turn.
“Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers” is an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of one of the most acclaimed American science series ever, PBS’s NOVA. Every two weeks, “Secret Life” premieres another set of intimate, engaging, and funny videos about a new scientist or engineer… who happens to have a secret.
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“Tom Scholz: The Start of It.” YouTube, NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, 22 May 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXYO77Xb-Mk. Accessed 16 Jan. 2019.