Posts Tagged ‘education’

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.

——Julius Caesar (Public Domain)

As someone who believes in the lifelong pursuit of education, it is important to point out that the ability to create is built upon the foundation of one’s knowledge up to that point. However, the pursuit of education is meaningless if one is not constantly considering how to apply this knowledge, and then actually using it to build and create. In the end, it doesn’t matter how much we know; what matters is what we have created with what we know.

—Mike Hazell

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.

—Aldous Huxley (1954; Public Domain)

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Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought with ardor and diligence.

—Abigail Adams (by Benjamin Blyth; Public Domain)

We do, indeed, learn a lot by mere chance as we go through our lives. But how much of that, after our formal education, has been by design rather than simply what we pick up along the way? Focused, concentrated learning throughout our lifetime will not only give us wisdom guided by intelligence, it will also help keep our most important tool—our mind—sharp and vigilant.

We have so many wonderful options today that weren’t available at any point throughout history. From searching for a book online and being able to read it within minutes on a device, to platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, Lynda.com, and The Great Courses which allow us a focused learning experience on a specific topic, we can learn virtually anything from wherever we are.

Even if just for thirty minutes per day, commit to increasing your mental prowess by studying some topic of interest. You will be amazed at the long-term benefits which will follow.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Aristotle on Education

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

—Aristotle (Public Domain)

And what an incredible time in which we live, from the standpoint of education. For most of our human existence, even the most basic of teachings—like learning to read and write—were limited to a small and elite percentage of the population. While this has certainly changed over the course of the past several centuries, until this past generation our education was still restrictive, limited to the classroom, the library, periodicals, and newspapers. Now, with the advent of the internet, we can literally gain an education on any topic in the world, from science and mathematics to history and psychology. Not only can we “attend” college online, we can tap into powerful platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, Lynda, and KhanAcademy for an incredibly low price. We can keep our minds young or create a new income stream by learning to code at CodeAcademy. Think of what so many throughout history would have given to have these “magical” tools at their fingertips! What a great time to be alive.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.

—Publilius Syrus (Public Domain)

…Whatever our undertaking, there are many points at which it will seem to be a daunting task. Unless we have spent a lifetime in a field, there are many points at which the learning curve seems insurmountable. This underscores the importance of using the experience of others to gain incredible leverage in our own lives.

I will use my own current example of social media advertising. I manage money and write financial publications for a living. To get my writings in the hands of more people who could be helped by them, I turned to marketing via a number of social media outlets. At first, the slightest technical challenge—a challenge which could be overcome in three seconds by a seasoned pro—could stymie me for hours, if not days. So, beginning with an earnest search on Amazon specifically and the Internet in general, I began my quest for experts in the field who knew exactly how to create masterful campaigns, from start to finish.

Of course, we must go through the inevitable layers of “snake oil salesmen” willing to make us an expert for big bucks, but the answers we are looking for are out there—generally for free, or the cost of an eBook. 

By using the knowledge of others to gain leverage, we not only shorten our own learning/success curve, we also give our psyche a boost. To read about the great failures others faced before mastering their craft, we become aware that our own frustrations have been felt—and dealt with—by many others. We suddenly feel a part of this group; like we have assembled a team of experts ready to help us achieve great success in our field. And that is a powerful tool. Happy learning!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

mountain path uphill to the sky at sunset

—C.S. Lewis

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Humor Friday

War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.

Bierce, Ambrose

—Ambrose Bierce

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