I entirely believe that education can set you free. In the end, the more you learn, the more you earn. I am not talking about instituational education, which I feel has value and a place in this world as well, but I am talking about self learning.
The one thing these current generations have that our predececers did not, is information. We have fully embraced technology and I can only imagine what my parents had to do at my age when they wanted to learn how to do something. Go to the library? rent a book? buy a manual? phone the company? Think how terrible that sounds and a waste of time. Time and effieceincy is at the root of our tools we have in the modern day.
As the new generations have it, they can skip the text and run straight into a wonderful place called http://www.youtube.com where you can learn almost anything. Isnt technology great?!
hree types of learning
In my opinion, there are three types of learning. These are self-learning, institutional learning, and experiential learning.
Self-learning would be picking up a book and reading it, youtube, or podcasts. Free education is out there! Affordable self-learning courses are all over the internet which includes U-Demy, youtube, Ed-X, harvard.edu, etc.
Institutional learning would be going to a classroom and being tested on a subject and getting a grade for it. This typically costs money and is the most time-consuming. This type of learning should be last on the list of self-learning. Albert Einstein says this about institutional learning, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
Expeirence learning refers to the skills you pick up over time. You cant possibly go every day reading books on things you are not prepared for in your particualr time in life, such as children, bankruptcy, sickness, etc. The great thing about expeirence learning is that it can encompass the two above. Insitituanal learning takes patience and dedication.
“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.” — Ryan Holiday
Unlike, a self-learning course where you can stop anytime and watch Netflix, classwork has deadlines and grades.
The more you earn-
But Leader on Call, I don’t need the education to become rich. My friend, when I say, you will earn more the more you learn, I am not talking just about money.. What you’ll gain is perspective, insight, reflection, money, network, and authentication. The day we stop trying to learn, the more mistakes we start to make because you stop gaining insights from your failures.
Overall, I think its very important to adopt a philosophy of always trying to educate yourself. It is the number one thing that no one can take away from you. It is important to encourage your peers to learn with you. The more your network learns, the more you grow.
“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” -Plato