If you think education is expensive, try ignorance


“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Derek Bok

Throughout history, higher education was looked at as something for the elite, the intellectuals and the wealthy while the average person  usually learned a trade. Although a higher education wasn’t a requirement, in order to live decently one still needed to learn a trade.

It used to be if you were healthy you had a good chance of finding decent work. As time went by, many jobs began requiring the ability to read and write. As jobs evolved and became more difficult, a high school diploma became a requirement.

Within the last ten years, a high school diploma wasn’t enough anymore to find a decent paying job. The problem was there were more people than jobs. Jobs that ten years ago only required a high school education now required a four year college degree.

Even with that additional requirement, there are still more candidates than available jobs.  Those who don’t have any education stand no chance in finding a decent paying job. Pretty soon, even the lowest paying jobs will require an education.

Obtaining an education is expensive, but with the right education, that cost can be paid back in a reasonable timeframe. Taking the money required for an education and spending it on a business venture or something else will not get you very far. In order to survive in today’s market, a formal education is really needed.

Every so often you hear of someone striking it rich without an education, like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Most of these individuals were in college and only left after their venture took off. These individuals were also far from ignorant. The ignorant will not get very far in today or in the future.

Everyone at one point or another has to pay someone to do something for them. Even the wealthy and educated have to pay others to perform certain functions. The educated don’t need to pay many others, since they are able to perform some of these functions themselves. The rich can afford to pay people for every function. The ignorant also have to pay people for almost every function, except they have no money, and usually get taken for a ride.

Without an education these days, you have to pay more people to do things for you, and many of those people who will take advantage of you. In the long run, ignorance will end up costing much more than that education.

Not only will ignorance end up costing much more than an education, it will kill the possibility for many opportunities. You may have an idea or two for creating something that may make create wealth, but without an education, the connections an education establishes or vast sums of money, you will not get very far with your ideas.



Persistence will beat talent and education any day of the week

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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

Talent is great if you have it, but not the end of the world if you don’t. No amount of talent will get you to the stars if you don’t have the will, the persistence, to keep trying.

Education will open doors for you, but persistence and determination will open the vault for you. Talent and education will tell you which doors to open. Persistence and determination will make you open the next door, and the one after it and the next one, till you reach your star.

Talent and education will get you to the middle class. Persistence and determination will get you to the next level. Education, talent, persistence and determination will get you into the one percent and beyond. Look at those around you. The ones who rely on education and talent alone are easy to spot. They are the ones who give up at the first sign of defeat.

All of us know successful people who are less talented, less educated, and not as smart as others, or as we are, yet they are successful. They don’t give up. They do not accept defeat. They keep trying, one failure after another until they succeed.

If you want to succeed, if you want to reach the stars, keep trying, no matter how many times you fail. Keep the slogan ‘Press On’ rubber stamped in your head. When things look bleakest is when the weak quit, and when you must try even harder.

Are you a menace to society?

To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.            Theodore Roosevelt

What this quote means is that educating a person with knowledge without also teaching morality creates a person who will cause problems for society. An educated person without morals can do more harm to society than an uneducated person with or without  morals. When a school teaches a person how to run a business, it must also teach that person what constitutes ethical and moral behavior, and that acting in a moral fashion must be considered when making business decisions.