Educate yourself

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.

Napoleon Hill

Too many people think that being educated can be achieved by attending school and college and collecting diplomas and degrees.

Education is something that happens inside your head, it is something that you have to actively work on. You have to educate yourself! education is not something you can recieve by sitting in big rooms with hundreds of people and by memorizing facts that are considered worth knowing.

Instead of teaching kids what to think, schools should focus more on teaching children how to think and they should be shown the beauty of experience and leaning.

The current system fails way too many people. Those people memorize all the required material for years, get their degree but have not learned a little bit.

Ask a student about his first finals. He won’t know a thing, because he learned for those finals, but not for himself. He did not want to understand the content, he wanted to pass the tests. Now ask some selfmade working person about any topic related to their work and they will talk endless hours about it. Our school system makes it possible for people to pass without having learned anything but being good at memorizing.

So do yourself a favor and concentrate on education in your spare time. Go to the library, use the internet, read about the things you are passionate about and try out a lot. Educate yourself and do not rely on your college or your school. Those degrees will matter on your CV at most but personally your biggest gain out of your college time will be friends and a good time, but certainly not a  profound education.

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Educate yourselves

Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

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Interests!

Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

Your passion should be reason number one for what you learn.

As long as you learn for yourself and educate yourself in order to learn stuff you really care about, you are doing it right.

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Use your brains

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.

Mary Pettibone Poole

While mere education may bring you a steady income or even financial wealth in a long-term it will most certainly fail to bring you happiness and satisfaction.

Use your brains, think and question. Do not be stupid.

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Educate yourself

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.

Butler Yeats

Nurture your own fire. You will never have learned enough, not to speak of too much.

Read, listen, talk to older people, talk to younger people, be open-minded, try out new concepts, meditate, try different sports, get new hobbies, travel, experience. The world is your playground, why sit in one place and don’t move in any direction? Go for it!

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Individuality vs. education (picture)

Our education system is not made for honouring individuals for their particular skills. It unites and tries to accomplish general skill levels.
I do not want to start an argument about wether that is good or bad but it is important for you to know how it works. Don’t get discouraged when your education does not directly emphasize your personal strength. Go through the system, pass what you have to and educate yourself in areas you love.

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Do not stop learning!

Think you are smart? Well so do I. But guess what, being smart won’t cut it, you need to be more.

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Benjamin Franklin

Never stop learning!

I don’t talk about school or university necessarily, but about learning in general. Never stop learning new things and always be open to new concepts!

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How the school system can fuck up your mind

Today I talked to a buddy at the university about nothing in particular when this happened:

Buddy: I’d be happy if I made more money than my professor some day.
Since we study economics I assured him that he probably will if he goes in the open economy
Him: Only if I am good at what I do.
Me: Well, are you?
Him: I don’t know if I will be
Me: Well, why wouldn’t you?
Him: How would I know, I have not written any tests so far

I could not believe that he actually said and believed that. He honestly thinks his success in tests and in university in general defines his later work life!

How can our school system fuck that hard with the mind of a young person? I can’t believe that people really think that way, this is so damn limiting!

What about following your dreams, believing in your ideas? What about the passion that young people always have? If you ask a child what he wants to be when he grows up he sure as hell won’t say: I wanna be a firefighter, but therefore I have to study hard and be an honorable person.

He will reply: I want to be James Bond, I want to be a firefighter, heck I want to be a billionaire!

I don’t say that education is not important or should be taken lightly but everything has to have boundaries and if you really think your success in several years from now on depends on how well you do in some tests right now, there must be something wrong.
How great must this pressure be? If I fail now, I won’t have a good job in ten years?

Wow, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT apply this attitude to your life!

Go where you want to go and take important tasks serious but damn have fun on the way and don’t worry too much. It will all work out! It always has and it always will work out, trust me on this one.

And now go out and enjoy yourself!

/phil