When talking about education, people automatically think of school, university of college. However there are actually two types of education which are formal education and self education.
Formal education is which you learn from 12 years in school and few years of college (if you choose to). There is no doubt that formal education helps better yourself in many ways. Beside learning how to write and read, you learn how to think critically and how to learn.
Education teaches you about discipline. The greatest reward of education is not from instant gratification but from sustained effort and hard work. Some people say the goal in life is not to be entertained but to be educated.
With the right education both formal education (at school) and self education, you can learn to be a better human.
Education makes you become more valuable. Why values are important? With any career you pursuit, you get paid based on the values you are willing to bring to the market place. Here’s the truth: you don’t get paid for your time but for the values you bring within that period of time.
To bring more valuables, you must constantly become a valuable person by acquiring more both soft skills and hard skills. Formal education from school is not enough to make you become a successful and extraordinary person.
American author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” From this saying, you can see how important self development is. So the question becomes how do you obtain self education?
This TedTalks is very interesting. The speaker talks about how to design your education:
How To Obtain Self-Education
In my opinion, self-education is a duty and personal responsibility of anyone who wants to have more success in any area of their lives.
Educating yourself can be as simple as going to Amazon and picking up an extra book on a new subject, or taking a beginner’s course on the subject that matters to you the most and be willing to learn all about it.
The following are practical ways to take charge of a self education:
#1. Attend community workshops and seminars.
You can find many community workshop and seminars about the industry you are interested in. For example if you’re into health and fitness, you can go to some fitness expo. If you are interested in personal development, go to personal development seminars such as Tony Robbins Unleash The Power Within event. Tony Robbins is one of the best motivational speakers you can learn from.
#2. Take online courses.
There are many online courses just about any subject that you want to learn. Simply do a google search about the topic and you will find the ones that suit you the most.
#3. Read books at the library.
Borrowing books and read books from a local library is also a way to improve your knowledge. Usually this service is free where you can create a membership card at your local library and then you can have access to all the books that are available.
#4. Obtain real world experience.
If your goal is to be the best salesperson in your area, why not get a sales job and learn from your job. You can even do volunteering for the companies to expand your knowledge. By reading and applying what you learn in the real world, you can accelerate your learning progress many times faster.
#5. Find a good mentor.
Everything that you want to learn, know, or master, someone out there has already achieved it. So find out who is the best at what you want to know and learn from that person.
Mentorship can be a little costly but it is worth it because it will cut your learning-curve many times over. It’s true that we learn from mistakes, but it doesn’t have to be our own mistakes. Having the right mentor can help you achieve your goal faster.
For example, if you want to be a master life coach and become excellent at personal development, you can learn from people like Tony Robbins, Darren Hardy and many other thought leaders in the personal development industry. Anthony Robbins London event attracts thousands of people every year where they can come to learn about themselves and breakthrough whatever is holding you back from getting what they want. Such events like this can make you grow a lot faster.
In the end, it is up to you to decide to grow and develop yourself. No one can force you to do so. Self-education requires self-motivation and self-discipline.