Do you chase after the education you desire?  Do you take it upon yourself to learn about things that interest you? Do you refuse to let the cost of a bachelor’s degree or a master’s program determine what you are worth?

I do.

And I want you to, too.

I read.

I look things up that I become curious about.

Last year, I took it upon myself to learn all of the United states Presidents and Vice Presidents in order.  I memorized them with no test, with no one but myself caring if I knew it.  I listened to the NPR Presidential podcast series.  I downloaded U.S. presidents flash card apps meant for elementary school kids on my phone.  I don’t know how long I will retain it, in fact most of it has probably since vanished into the ether, but it was important to me at the time, so I committed to it and did it.

In the past couple of years, I have added an education/personal development category to my budget.  I take online courses that interest me.  I believe in investing in myself.  In theory, in practice.

I can tell you that it has made a major difference in the course of my life.

This quote was inspired by this Goalcast video: The wisdom of a third grade dropout.

The video is a beautifully moving clip about wisdom, about raising children with wisdom and examples of excellence.

Not all of of us find schooling, formal training helpful, or easy, or do-able.  Don’t let that stop you.  Wisdom and education have nothing to do with how much schooling you have completed, it’s how much you follow your curiosity.

Happy Monday,


Rachelle Siebke