As time goes by I realize the importance of self-education and how valuable it is to have the passion to learn.
I have never achieved my full potential in school but I might well achieve it in life earlier than the average student because of the way I have educated myself.
I don’t have the credential that a major school has to offer, but in those disciplines that I’m most passionate about—the ones that matter, I have not only the skills but also the experience.
Students shouldn’t wait to be unemployed or “bad-employed” to start learning the practical skills and acquiring the experience that could get them a real job—the one they truly want.
Actual experience beats any credential.
While a diploma tells your employer what you supposedly can do, a business or professional experience tells him what you have done. We all know that rehearsing something is far different from doing it for real, I believe the marketplace is where this rule is the most strictly applied, with the greatest consequences if you end up doing it wrong.
The closer you’ll grow to the marketplace, the faster you’ll find your way in this tough environment.
School is necessary and essential—without education we are merely animals, but school is not enough. It provides the foundation but that is only part of the edifice. The rest is yours to build the way you want, with your own hands, by your own ideology.
Jim Rohn said, “work harder on yourself that you do on anything else”. I believe this is especially true in school because that’s when you are most willing to learn—when you have the passion, the dreams, and the energy. It only gets harder as you get older.
However, you shouldn’t focus only on the technical and practical side of things. The day I started studying personal development, or how to achieve success, wealth and happiness, was one of the most defining moment of my life. These are the basics that we all need to master.
If you are to climb the ladder of success, the society will help you take the first step by providing schools that can get you your first job, but you have to take all the other ones.