|I got inspired to write this post once I started to read another great series brought by Four Pillars on RESP’s. This made me think about how education was important in my life and how it was a great tool that will follow me over my entire life. Education in general is probably the most powerful asset a person can have. Those who held information and knowledge in their hands are the richest people on earth. The price of education is not being found only in term of money. In fact, education is much more than a simple diploma.|
|Sacrifices in term of money
If you want to provide your children with a strong education, you will have to put money aside. In fact, you will have to put a lot of money aside. When I went to do my University degree, my parents gave me the chance to study in France for a session. This was one of most richest experience of my life. I learned much more about the world and the real life than with a few books that are taking dust on the shelf. Building an RESP (Registered Education Saving Plan) will require that you cut down your other expenses. Therefore, you will have to make sacrifices and maybe say Adios Amigos to your Friday Night Pizza ritual. In fact, if you do so, you will not only save money for your children’s education, but definitely help to keep them fit and give them a great nutritional education!
Sacrifices in term of time
If you want to learn something or if you want to help out your children doing their homework, you must sit down and take the time it requires. Learning does not happen overnight. It requires several month, and sometimes years, to get another diplomas. I am currently doing my MBA and it requires a good fourteen hours a week of my time. It may be very frustrating for some people as they might require more time than other in order to assimilate information. However, it is your determination during the learning process that will determine your success.
Sacrifices in term of efforts
Paying in order to receive a better education is one thing. Taking enough time to read and understand concepts is another thing. But willing to put all your energy on a daily basis into this project is definitely a deal breaker. Your ability to concentrate and to think outside the box will help you succeed in your learning process. In my MBA program, teachers do not expect that your simply relate the theory and link it to some lived example. They require that you do further research, that you think about the theory and that you determine if the book is valid or not. Being thrown in the dark in regards to the real expectation on a case study requires more effort than stupidly spit the concepts out of your brain.
To not discourage yourself and persevere. The rewards brought by a strong education are legion. And after a while, those sacrifices do not mean much compare to what you are receiving in term of experience and knowledge.
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