Were you one of the kids in school who just knew things weren’t operating properly? It’s true that most schools have pretty major deficiencies: uninspired or inept teachers, poor facilities, arrogant or incompetent administration, dated materials and well, just poor planning and execution. As dysfunctional as it may be, this post isn’t about fixing the school system. Rather, it’s about the people who notice the problems.
If you are one of those people, it probably signals a few things. First, that you probably have the potential to be a great entrepreneur, project manager or innovator. Second that there is always room for new ideas, and that the world has a demand for people who recognize the need for change. Third, and most important, that it’s time to start getting yourself a proper education.
Take charge of your own education. Use those ideas, for without action they are just idle arrogance and self serving criticism. I’m not suggesting that you need to fix the public school system (not that you’re not more than welcome to), I’m implicating you in your own re-education. Teach yourself the right way, the way you deserve to be taught, the way that works best for you.
Self education is a habit and a discipline. That might mean you set aside an hour a day to read, or it might mean that you set aside 7 hours a week (there’s an important difference there). How you self educate is important, but the best approach is going to vary for everyone. The bottom line is that you a) humble yourself, b) make learning from others a priority, and c) devote yourself to learning how to learn.
Education is a habit many of us quickly loose in the corporate grind, taking responsibility for it as a businessperson, or just as an individual, will almost certainly make you happier, wealthier and wiser.