Education is defined as : “The action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university”
We think of education in terms of school. From as early as we can remember we go to school, when done with high school many go to college or a university.
Is all of that really needed? Do we need to go for twelve, fourteen, or more years in order to live a comfortable life?
If you look at study after study, you will see that the more education the more likely you are to make more money. This makes sense, especially when considering the expertise that cannot be had other than through a university.
However, does that mean if you didn’t go to college and get a degree that you are not going to make a good living?
I say a resounding NO!
The Traditional Route
When you turn 5 you are thrown into the machine that “educates” you. You learn the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.
As the years go on these become more and more difficult until you finally are a senior in high school and you rule the school. Of course if you want to continue down this traditional path you have already applied to colleges and universities.
Once there you spend the next 2 to 4 years getting a degree and if you want to get an even better one then it’s going to take even longer.
You go through this process and usually rack up a ton of student loan debt, possibly even credit card debt, but you now have that education.
This unfortunately doesn’t guarantee you a job.
My Route of Education
Fortunately or unfortunately I do not have a college education. The way things are going for my I never will, and I’m ok with that.
I have decided to go another way to get my “education”. I don’t believe that you have to go through years of schooling to learn to be a better person.
Now before someone starts talking about how it’s important and needed, I get that, I do. I go to a Doctor every year and if I found out he didn’t have more than a high school diplomat, yeah I would have a problem with that.
I also think more is required if you want to be a scientist, astronaut, lawyer, or anything else of that magnitude. But at the same time, if you don’t want to be that, if what you want doesn’t require a college or university degree, then there is another way.
School of “Hard Knocks”
I don’t recommend this but we have all gone through it in one way or another. I through getting into debt, as well as many other mistakes.
My father often tells me that no one taught him he learned everything on his own. Whether that’s true or he just wanted to toughen me up I really couldn’t tell you, but I think that we all learn in different ways.
Well in high school we had “required readings” which at the time I hated. I disliked reading, and the books they picked were just terrible.
Now I realize the import of those books, even the ones I hated. They taught us different things that we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Opened our imaginations to worlds that don’t really exist, helped us time travel thousands of years ago. Books also taught me how to do things like cook, how to read a companies earnings, and how to write.
I now read business books, investing books, and sci-fi books. I for a time wrote every month what books I had read and would like to get back to doing that starting this month.
Through books, I intend to further my education make me a smarter person capable of more than I currently am.
Blogs and Podcasts
I read blog’s everyday, I look forward to some of my favorite authors (many I met recently), and hang on their every word.
I also listen to podcasts in the same fashion. I don’t do this simply for entertainment, though they can be. I do this because I want to learn. I follow financial blogs and podcasts to help better my own financial situation and make better decisions in the future. Business ones to help start, maintain, and grow my businesses.
Through these forms of “education” I have created this site, started writing for others, drive for lyft and uber, and created a 5 figure Amazon business.
I keep saying I’m going to take a real estate course, but haven’t yet. What I have taken is Jon Morrows Guest Blogging Course, as well as Harry Campbells Maximum Rideshare Course. Both of which have paid for themselves many times over.
I have many more courses that I would like to take in the near future but have to set aside time to do them. There are some freelancing ones, as well as finally doing a real estate one.
This type of “education” is more hands on than the other two mentioned. It actually guides you through and teaches you something, one of the courses actually gave me a certificate.
I may get in trouble for this article, but I think it’s important that people know there options. If you want to go to college it may be the best thing for you. I urged my younger brothers to go and some did.
I also want you to work hard. If you don’t go to college don’t let it be because you don’t want to do the work. It may be MORE work to learn the other ways I have mentioned.
In fact if you get nothing from this entire article, get this. Whatever you do work hard at it. Hard work is the most important thing, education can make it easier, whether that education is the traditional route or any other.
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