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?
And I want you to, too.
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.