I used to believe that an education was the solution to everything. All of our problems could be solved by going to college. I thought the process was simple: if you want to learn something or make money, you just need to go to college. I thought that college was some “job-making” factory of sorts.
Growing up my parents always told me that I needed an education. The solution for everything always was an education.
Then I went to college and learned that there was more to life than just an education. I also learned that you need more than an education to make an impact in this world, make money, and more importantly — save some money.
If education isn’t the only solution, what is? Taking action is.
Okay since that’s too vague, let’s get specific about what taking action is really all about:
That’s what trumps an education in my eyes. What do you think?
Before I say anything more, I want to borrow a paragraph from Seth Godin:
“College wasn’t originally designed to merely be a continuation of high school (but with more binge drinking). In many places, though, that’s what it has become. The data I’m seeing shows that a degree (from one of those famous schools, with or without a football team) doesn’t translate into significantly better career opportunities, a better job or more happiness than a degree from a cheaper institution.”
That makes sense. When I finished with college I started to read more unconventional literature on achieving success in life. This opened my eyes to a whole new world that I never knew had existed before.
There are a few goals that I want to hit before I worry about more education.
What are these non-educational goals for now?
There’s this myth where we assume that learning something is the same as applying it. This is not true at all. This is why I’ve set out to learn as much as I can on my own without more formal education for now. Who knows what the future holds? I’m ready for the challenge!
I’m curious to hear from you guys — what has helped you reach your own level of success, aside from a formal education?
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