From time to time I get some comments that really deserve a whole article on their own
(by the way, any of you who have the urge to pour out some information, but don’t want to go through the hassle and make the commitment required to start your own blog and web site, are welcome to “guest” here, any time … no prior permission required, just email me what you want to say, and if I like it, I’ll use it … or not, strictly on a no commitment basis)
Anyway, I received a great comment from reader Bruce Hale awhile back, and I wanted to share it with you, along with my own thoughts. The general subject was education, like experience, making your own success, and pros and cons of formal education. (Note, I edited Bruce’s comment lightly to improve the flow, I believe I have changed nothing whatever from his meaning, though … that certainly wasn’t my intention.)
A few months back I was traveling, and took a side trip to visit a nephew that very much was determined and wanted to talk to me . Must admit was a little shocked to hear from him. I did not know him well, from myself being gone in travels/work over the years. His folks were educators in the school system in his state.
He had finished college awhile back (computer software). No-job, loans , clueless-with a degree, and parents that had no clue what to tell him. He was led to believe if had a degree, “you had it going on” , unstoppable in some regards” His folks think in the Box……….
This is a story that can be repeated hundreds of thousand if not millions of time either in the US or the Philippines. Instead of teaching that either jobs or self-employment come from finding a need and learning how to fill it, schools teach that ‘pure education’ is the cure-all to everything. If you lack education and are trying to fill a job which requires it, then of course, you are stymied. But no form of education can teach you the basic fact of life … education is absolutely worthless if you can’t figure out how to apply it. And if you don’t understand that work is the key to all of it … no matter what your educational accomplishments.“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” (Calvin Coolidge, 30th POTUS)
He asked me to tell him with full honesty my opinion in dumping more in to the school system was the right life choice for him (and coincidentally going further in debt). The government (USA) was giving breaks in support to do so. The kid was in tears, he was smart enough to realize something was not adding up. Government jobs had become part-time for years. (Editor’s note: or disappearing, the US DoD jobs, even career military jobs, are being contracted out to ‘fire at will, zero benefit’ contractor jobs at a rate that would make your head spin, and even key ‘government only jobs like FAA air traffic controllers and inspectors are going contact at an ever increasing rate) Major company layoffs/reductions(can’t have a job for 25 years retire it seems anymore). Some say your SS will probably not be around anymore in future years. Some say invest in other things as well, and so on so on………..
I told him I was pretty sure he would be able to come up with the answer for himself… He could find his own direction. if he would take a step back and think, really think………..
I asked him in his four years at the University how many hours he spent in class and /Labs in study?
I asked him how many hours a week he spent in homework time(4 years)in study?
I asked him How much he thought it had already cost him/folks for the total of the 4 years of school..???
He was a smart kid proved he could finish this project,and put in the time, But was jobless..
I asked him If he was to do it all over again…
I’d love to be able to interview a whole room full of young people like Bruce’s nephew like this. Or a sampling of older guys and gals who are currently ‘on the cusp’ of going back to school and spending a fortune because “someone” told them that education was the key to everything.
What if it was possible to study the Internet (from most anywhere), use the library (even at the same university with out checking out,or student enroll). Interview people in different fields of interest.
.KNOWLEDGE/ FOCUS IS KEY AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO COST A LOT IN THE POCKET..
If you believe in yourself, and dedicated the same spent time that you did in class, labs, homework etc. In a 4 year time period You probably could have became a expert in a number of trades/subjects etc. AT VERY LITTLE COST.
— 1 year computer study/network /selling on line/marketing,design etc.
— 1 year Finance,investing what to do with the money-long term plan
— 1 year study trends online, all about import/export. What sells online, how are people making money, etc.
— 1 year Learning how to deal with people, customer service,learn shipping lines boat,train, truck,plane etc.
and how to better oneself … inside …
I BELIEVE YOU WOULD LEARN A LOT
Lets say At the end of four years. You were able to get a small business loan,or private,grants,etc.(witch you could have researched how to do)
FOR THE ENTIRE AMOUNT YOU HAVE SPENT ON SCHOOL IN 4 YEARS.
What if mom and dad would have loaned you the money after this four years of dedication and study????
Do you think you would be in a better space than you are now I asked him???????
…. I could do the same thing at 70 if desired (who knows?). There is a difference in making money,then having something grow in the way you wan’t that you are not tied up or married too…..
As you stated before there are many tools in the “tool box” NO I WOULD NOT SPEND THE MONEY FOR COLLEGE WITH TODAYS TOOLS.
You can live good anywhere,it is up to you……
“YOU ONLY FAIL WHEN YOU STOP TRYING”
I pray others will wake up and fight for what they want ……….
remember, this is not a sales message, except in the sense I want to ‘sell’ you on the fact that trying to find an old fashioned conventional job, in the Philippines or in the US, for that matter is likely not what you want to do for your future security.
Recently I had a comment on a similar post that postulated that entreprenuers are born and can’t be made. Well, maybe so, although I don’t agree fully. perhaps there is a spark of pure entrepreneurship that only occurs in certain people based on some gene … I can’t dispute that.
But I can dispute the thought that anyone reading here who has the knowledge to find a conventional job can follow easy to learn steps and make themselves more secure in the future.
The handwriting is on the wall. The question is not what has been written, but rather if you will be astute enough to read it.