Sometimes when I meditate, the thought of forgoing formal education erupts. 4 years can change the world for me. It can do something better than sitting in a lecture hall consistently grasping theory with constraints of passing examinations which will give me a class. A class is also something I do not value because its a document. Just a document. Its not a tag on me when I’m outside. That’s the problem. It doesn’t guarentee success even if you have the best of success in examinations. For I think success is simply been happy with your state. What can guarentee 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 restricted to formality. Once you can read and write, you can make meaning of whatever you see published if and only if you have wisdom or any source of wisdom to make that intelligible. My Grandparents experienced no form of formal education, yet have taught me a lot due to their day to day experiences over the years. Feel free and explore but don’t go into the pit because everyone is doing so. Find what you love. It is that that will cause you to work without unnecessary perspiration. 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 and that’s the HAPPINESS you’ll discover in working hand in hand with your passion.
Analyse all great people, the Bill Gates, Beyonces, MJs, Abraham Lincolns, the TD Jakes, Joyce Meyers etc and you’ll realise that formal education did not guarentee the change they made or are making. What guarenteed 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, 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 paleolithic nature of rural places. This is because globalization will make that common and what will only make the change is You, your attitude and reactions. Find what you want and pursue it regardless of whether or not its in line with formal education or against the wishes of the 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. Humans are different. Singing is a great thing and has brought millions of dollars for Ed Shereen, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato but will the talent of playing Soccer be the same for them? Answer is 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 the song, “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.
A Quote 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.”
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