In life we get two educations, whether we want to or not.
We get an education from school, and another from life.
Both have benefits as well as drawbacks.
In school it’s more about theory whereas in the real world it’s about application.
In school you can mess around and still get by, the real world is not quite as forgiving.
Results count for both but it’s our results in life that really count.
The other day I was watching a show called Gold Rush Alaska in which 6 regular guys head up to the Alaskan highland in hopes of finding gold.
Quite an interesting show as they run into one adversity after another.
One time after suffering another setback with some of their equipment one of the guys looked at the camera and said, “Education is never free.”
He wasn’t referring to school but rather that in life we have to pay for our education one way or another.
- You either pay for college, or pay the price for not going.
- You pay the price for mistakes, or invest in your education so as not to make that mistake.
- You pay when you win, you pay when you lose.
- You pay by not doing something, and you pay by doing something.
There is always a cost, it’s just that we aren’t aware of them sometimes.
We so easily see the cost when it’s written right there in front of us such as a college tuition bill, but it’s harder to see how much we may lose by not getting a college education.
People often acquaint cost with money but you can also end up paying dearly in time and effort.
And let me tell you, sometimes the money is the least of the troubles.
What we need to do is figure out which overall cost will be cheaper.
For those of you who want to save a few extra bucks, why not take advantage of the public library.
They are one of the most underused resource we have.
School teaches us the fundamentals but then it’s up to us. In order to see all the opportunities that exist we must educate ourselves.
The more we know, the better equipped we are to handle what comes our way.
Personally I spend between 2 and 3 hours a day in my own growth; sometimes in books, sometimes with audio sessions and sometimes DVDs.
It might not be cheap, but it’s beats the heck out of the alternative.