Sometimes when I meditate, thought of forgoing formal schooling erupts. 4 years can change the world for me. It can do something better than sitting in a lecture hall consistently grasping theory with inevitable constraints of passing examinations geared towards a class at best. Things seem to be more revealing when you do not value a class. A class is only but a document assumed to be a reflection of one’s suppposed academic worth measured in the abstract. Just a document. Its not a tag on me when I’m outside. That’s the problem. It does not assure success even if you score high on structured exams drawn with the false assumption that all students are the same in cognitive ability and duration. For I think success is simply being happy with whatever you have at a point in time. What can guarantee your success is You, your personality and attitude towards situations.
I’m not propagating a message against the acquisition of formal education. I just believe education is a vast web with linkages of various learning ways and gaining information for the improvement of one’s self, country, situation and not necessarily a restriction enjoyed by formality. Once you can read and write, you can make meaning of whatever you see published if and only if you have the tenacity to make that intelligible. Tenacity within this context comes with being humble and accepting you do not know but can know to some extent with human fallibility in mind. It comes with the persistence of accepting when you are wrong, saying you do not know when you see a gap rather than filling the gap with an arrogance of saying you know what you truly are yet to grasp or know. My Grandparents experienced no form of formal education, yet have taught me a lot due to their daily experiences over the years. Feel free and explore but do not go into the pit because everyone is doing so. Find what you love. You will work without unnecessary perspiration when such is done. Your passion will define your purpose and give you success regardless of whether you are making money or not. That will occur because of 1 thing; HAPPINESS that comes when working hand in hand with your passion.
Analyse these, the Bill Gates, Beyoncés, MJs, Abraham Lincolns, the TD Jakes, Joyce Meyers etc and you’ll realise that formal education did not guarantee the change they made or are making. What guaranteed their success was the burning desire in them to move in line with their dreams and aspirations. From these came Joy and a sense of Fulfillment. Pursue your talent and you’ll make it.
As Alvin Toffler pointed out “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Education is not exceptional with the works of evolution. Just as modernization has dissolved the era of supersitition and dogmatic ideologies of understanding situations [to some extent], so shall it also extricate the assertion that the ability to read and write assures one’s literacy. Reading and writing will soon be as common as the physical features of man. It will no longer make any change for you, it won’t make you more unique or better than that old lady living in the most paleolithically inspired definition of rural places. This is because globalization is gradually making such a common feature, what will only make the change is You, your attitude and reactions. Find what you want and pursue it regardless of whether it’s in check with formal education or against the wishes of people closest or around you. Know that this life is yours and you will bear the consequences if it goes wrong.
Don’t listen to them, for what they might tell you could be good but good for them only. Or better still, listen to pick perceived best out of the chaff. Humans are different. Singing is a great thing and has brought millions of dollars for Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, O-+->, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato but will the talent of playing Soccer be the same for them? Answer is more poised to be “NO“. So shall Soccer be great for Messi, C.Ro and Asamoah Gyan but singing, the worst attempt ever. Follow and listen to your heart.
Listen to “Listen To Your Heart” from Alicia Keys‘ “Girl On Fire” album and you might draw inspiration from there.
Follow your heart for it never lies. The heart is selfish and will take love and interest into consideration before anything else.
Below is an insight from Albert Einstein for further analysis
“School failed me, and I failed school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam. What I hated most was the competitive system there, and especially sports. Because of this, I wasn’t worth anything, and several times they suggested I leave. This was a Catholic School in Munich. I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement. How can a teacher understand youth with such a system? From the age of twelve, I began to suspect authority and distrust teachers.”