I know that many of you consider finishing University as your highest point of education. Nothing personal, but you can not be more wrong. Before diving in the topic, let me start with a favorite quote on learning.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin.
I believe those are one of the truest words on knowledge and learning in general, but also I feel confident that he didn’t mean it as a one-time thing(University degree that costs 40k+ for example).
Learning in School
The educational system in most countries at the moment seems ancient, and it probably is. The model is almost with a “waterfall ” structure. You are learning a broad number of subjects in middle school, after that even larger number in high school. And all this so you can be “prepared” for the University. There you are supposed to learn everything you need to become a professional.
The thing is that if you want to be a good professional in real life, you should possess qualities you haven’t heard about at all.
And this starts in school.
You have mathematics(a thing that you might need if continuing in that direction in University), but in the same time, no one teaches you even a smudge of personal finance(That you need all your life).
Next, you study biology and chemistry(Some of it useful, I might say), but still nothing on Human Health(Most important thing in life).
I can go for a while, but I’m pretty sure you will figure out quite a few by yourself.
Learning in University
Here you should be starting the real deal, but the thing is mostly – you are not. Endless lectures, practical classes, projects, and exams of topics that are outdated or obsolete. You might find something good in the 4-6 years degree, but for that time you probably wasted 80% of your time.
If you spend (or loaned) thousands or hundreds of thousands, you may want to jump and directly defend your Alma Mater and argue with this statement. Yes, but you will do it, because as we said nobody thought you some personal finance. And I don’t believe that they will do it even if you are a Finance graduate.
Don’t get me wrong I went to the hardest Technical University in my country, and I learned how to approach hard topics there. My real education though started after that.
All of it is because most big systems are teaching you how to serve others, but not yourself.
So let’s talk a bit about that 80 % of the time that you could put elsewhere.
This amount put in the right self-education and courses with narrow topics(They give you certificates too, you know?) can make you a leading professional in a great variety of businesses.
Learning in Real Life
Bottom line people.
So many people that I know had and still have tremendous troubles landing a job(related to their education), that it made me rethink all of it.
Luckily I was not afraid of drastic changes. I was working different part-time jobs sine 16 years old and also four years of a night-time job to push through the Bachelor Engineering Degree.
It hit me, and I figured out that there’s got to be another way! I started to put around 14-15 hours a day into becoming a programmer. Started lots of high-level courses and took the Certifications with flying colors.
Reading and practicing all day everyday unlocked a particular need for knowledge that is getting bigger every day.
Since 2014 I’m reading 30+ books a year on technical skills, management, leadership, emotional intelligence, soft skills, finance, business and so on and so on. Every day cases help to see what works for you and what doesn’t.
To sum up
If you can get yourself to that point, every business will be lucky to have you as you will evolve as a person and a professional.
And most important, you will feel lucky yourself as you will find value in a wider scope.
I would also say that your income will increase as a “side-effect,” just for now and it will be one of our future topics.
Next time I will write about Time Management and how you can achieve that type of productivity, so stay tuned!