There are 2 main types of education – formal and informal.
The former is the learning the system wants to give you. Its purpose is to prepare you to be an average person and give you the knowledge necessary to have a regular job. We’re talking about the schools, high schools, and even business schools, that aim at teaching you specific things and then let you use them in your own way. That education is classroom-based and provided by professionals who have received the same at an earlier age.
As Jim Rohn says, formal education will only make you a living.
Why is that?
Because it literally prepares you to be part of the corporate world, and by the time you’re done with learning, you don’t want to continue gaining knowledge in any way, and consider getting a job in the field a success.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Here’s why:
- to stop learning at a certain age means to stop growing;
- formal education helps you develop a fixed mindset, where you consider what’s in front of you the truth and don’t believe there’s a lot more behind it. Which means that success is a result of what you already know, and that’s as far as you get. So this type of education limits your potential, creativity and individuality;
- you might be taught how to think logically, but the greatest things in life weren’t created this way. We’re talking about the game-changing inventions that seemed like an impossible idea at the time, the products on the market that truly satisfy millions of customers by solving a common problem, the works of art we admire to this day, etc.
So, if that education isn’t enough, and can have a negative effect on us, what should we learn then, and how?
The quote I mentioned from Jim Rohn continues like this: ‘self-education will make you a fortune’.
That’s the second type of education you can get, and luckily, that can be in addition to the regular one so that you don’t let your family down.
Informal education is the one you get yourself, where you decide to become a lifelong learner and to always be open to new knowledge. It’s the type of education that lets you question everything around you and thus accept new ideas, try new ways to do regular stuff, study new markets and apply the knowledge to the one you’re working in, understand people different from you, and be able to change your perspective when necessary.
These people are the ones who build profitable businesses, who design the ideal lifestyle for themselves, who have a lot of fun and challenge themselves continuously.
That’s the kind of employee you’ll want for your company, even if he doesn’t have experience in the niche. Because of his curiosity, his desire to learn, and his growth mindset.
Self-education is one of the most exciting things you can be doing with your life. Here’s why and how it will pay off in the long run:
- you’ll understand that success is a result of hard work, not of whether or not you’re born with certain traits. What’s more, you’ll realize that you can improve or change completely any quality you have and still master a skill, or reach any goal. It’s just a matter of time, strategy and determination;
- there are no limits as to how far you can get, and that itself is inspiring;
- anything you learn can be applied to your home based business in ways you can’t imagine;
- your brain will start working in incredible ways – you’ll begin to combine seemingly unrelated things and will get something even better as a result;
- choosing ongoing learning is the only way to stop working for somebody else and create something of your own.
I can go on like that forever, but you get the point.
Continuous learning is the key to… well, everything.
What other differences are there between formal and informal education? What ways to practice self-education in daily life can you think of?