Being of Filipino descent, I’m used to hearing about the glorification of formal schooling. It’s almost as if your worth is decided on the premise of whether or not you graduated from college. Take it a step further: your major is of no value unless it’s in medicine (read: doctor), law, or engineering. Their advice usually falls along the line of “Do well in school so you’ll have a great life.” This means a degree 100% equals a great life. I beg to differ.
I once told my mom that I wanted to be a marine biologist and study sharks. She said, “Gusto mo mangisda? Ba’t gusto mong maging mangingisda?” Translation: “You want to go fishing? Why do you want to be a fisher[wo]man?” (Kind of reminds me of the magician, Vinh Giang, when he told his father he wanted to be a magician. His dad’s reply was, “What? You wanna be Harry Potter?”)
So, I went into pre-med double majoring in Biology and Chemistry. I quit. Then I dabbled in Psychology and Philosophy. I quit again. Economics and a minor in French were next. I quit, but finally went into business despite family protests. So, I majored in Finance and minored in Organizational Leadership. But, you know when something just isn’t working out? You have to know when to cut your losses and when I was unmotivated in everything that I majored in, I knew it was time to move on.
The thing is I didn’t wanna learn how to work for someone else. I wanted to learn how to work for myself. I didn’t wanna spend my time and energy on formal schooling knowing I wouldn’t be able to sit in a cubicle for the rest of my life. I’ve had this unexplainable resistance to authority since I was a kid and I carry it with me to this day. I think education is important, for sure. I just don’t think it can only be acquired in school. But, I mean, if you’d like to be a doctor, please go to school. You guys get my drift, right?
So, instead, I decided to pursue my own education. I’d like to share with you another thing I learned from Darren Hardy. The advice that he claims was responsible for him becoming a multi-millionaire by age 24.
Darren’s Best Advice
“Success is not derived by what you learned in school. Success is earned by what you learned starting the moment you walked off the campus. For 13 or 20 years of your life, other people told you what to do, what to learn, and how to think. I know! That sucks! You grew tired of your time and attention being manipulated by textbooks and teachers. You just long for the day when you can throw your cap in the air and finally be free.
Well, you are free! Free from having to learn what other people say you need to learn. You are now free to learn what you really wanna learn and what you really need to learn to succeed in life. Your learning begins now. It is the person who stops learning who becomes enslaved. Their thinking then becomes directed by the opinions of the people around them.
When I asked Pete Cashmore, the founder of Mashable, what his goal was in life, he said he just wants to be better everyday than he was yesterday.. Worry less about your goal 5 years from now and just focus on learning and growing every day. Identify the skills you need to get you where you want to go and where you need to grow a little bit every day.”
His advice: Invest 10 cents from every dollar you earn towards personal development.
Write down three goals you have.
Identify the top three skills you need to achieve those goals.
Then, read books, attend seminars, listen to audios that will help build those skills. Schooling is great, but nothing compares to learning about the mindset of millionaires and billionaires if you want to strike it rich. Here’s another post on goal-setting.
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